Where to take your little ones for some well-needed fresh air…
Late last night, some positive news rolled out on social media as UAE authorities announced the gradual reopening of business activities in Dubai as of tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27th. The latest directive allows freedom of movement between 6am to 11pm and the reopening of activities such as cinemas and entertainment venues, the likes of Dubai Ice Rink and Dolphinarium.
Though that is fantastic news and a step into our “new normal”, it is very important for us all to remember to practice safety precautions by keeping a safe distance from others (at least 2 metres) and wearing a mask at all times. We are also waiting to see if the previous limit of 2 hours a day for outdoor activities will change.
Entry to malls, cinemas, sports facilities and educational facilities is still not permitted for children below the age of 12. So if you have been feeling cooped up long enough and have young boys and girls needing to blow off some steam, these are 6 outdoor places you can take your kids to and still practice social distancing.
1. XDubai Skatepark
Dubai’s hotspot for skaters. It’s all about ollies, kickflips and ramps at the largest skate park in the GCC. Beginners can ride the low profile skate plaza with unique street elements and transition flow areas while more advanced skaters have the central space of the plaza which has obstacles including ledges, banks, steps, vert wall, rails and a pole jam. There’s also a mini bowl and a pro bowl.
The park will be disinfected daily, masks and gloves will be worn by the staff – plus sanitizers have been placed all around the park for your use. Wearing of masks is mandatory for all guests.
Located just off Kite Beach, Sun-Sat 8am-11:30am/3pm-6:30pm/7pm-9pm, AED 45 for skaters, AED 25 for spectators, more info
2. Al Qudra Cycling Tracks
Ditch your stationary bike at home and head to the open road for a socially distanced bike ride at the Al Qudra Cycle Track. The track, located around 30 minutes from the centre of Dubai, stretches across 86km with unparalleled desert views.
If you’re looking to rent your bikes, worry not because Trek Bicycle Store (directly at the Al Qudra Cycle Track) is thoroughly washing and sanitizing bikes and helmets before and after each use. They also have a strict ‘no mask, no gloves, no service policy’. Customers must practice social distancing by cycling in groups of no more than three at a time. Hand sanitiser should be used at all times.
Al Qudra, Sun-Thu from 2pm, Fri-Sat from 7:30am, free entry to track, rentals from AED 50, more info
3. Palm Jumeirah Board Walk
Take in the beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s skyline with your family at the 11km-long Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk. Head out in the early hours of the day or during sunset to enjoy lower temperatures.
The Palm Jumeirah, accessible throughout the day, free entry, more info
4. Kite Beach Boardwalk
Though the inviting blue ocean isn’t yet open to the public, you can head out to Kite Beach where your little ones can enjoy skipping, strolling or running along the community beach’s running tracks or boardwalk.
Umm Suqeim, accessible throughout the day, free entry, more info
5. The Dubai Marina Walk
Bring your family along on a leisurely stroll and explore the marina which is stretched for several kilometres. If you’re heading out during daytime, you can find some shade underneath the various bridges.
Dubai Marina, accessible throughout the day, free entry, more info
6. Zabeel Park
With plenty of lush green lawns, colourful flowers and a gorgeous lake, this park is the perfect choice for a couple of hours of family fun in the sun. Don’t forget to head over to the Zabeel-side of the park to take in the awesome view of Dubai Frame.
Bur Dubai/Zabeel, Sun-Wed 8am-10pm, Thu-Sat until 11pm, AED 5 entry, free for under 2s, more info
7. Al Qudra Lake
Pack a picnic for early breakfast in the dunes and immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature at Al Qudra Lake, a man-made lake in the middle of the Saih Al Salam Desert.
Al Qudra, accessible throughout the day, free entry, more info