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The UAE is famous for its deserts, but make no mistake – there’s plenty of lush greenery to go around! With this cool weather and kiddos easily bored, what’s better than a day out in nature? If you’re wondering where to take the kids out in the capital, then look no further than this list because we’ve rounded up the best parks Abu Dhabi has to offer. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, looking for fun activities or a place to wind down, these gorgeous parks have something for everyone.
Umm Al Emarat Park
Get some fresh air and enjoy an early morning or late afternoon out at this park that brings you and the kiddos education through recreation. You and your budding botanists can explore the exotic Botanic Garden, the Children’s Garden where they can jump around the water pools, or just let your kiddos run around in the wide open spaces. There’s also an Animal Barn where the kids can meet the goats, ponies, donkeys, cows, and camels. And with the help of the caretakers, your little ones can feed the animals and even enjoy a pony ride.
The Water Splash Area will be open from 10AM to 10PM with a limited capacity of 30 people; guests are requested to wear masks at all times.
The Family Train operates Sun-Thu from 2-11PM and Fri-Sat noon to 11PM with a limited capacity of one child per wagon, or two people from the same family per wagon
Al Fay Park
An oasis in the middle of the city – that’s how we’d describe the newly minted Al Fay Park. The new green space is truly that, green in every sense of the word. Construction remained true to the local environment, with over 2,000 trees and shrubs exclusively native to the region. The landscaping and planting create a micro-climate that reduces traffic noise and temperature and maintains a forest-like environment. The downward slope from the road leads to the central park and funnels the cooler southern breeze down into the park while local grasses and bushes reduce sand infiltration and movement.
And it’s not just the environment of the park that’s worth mentioning. There are also activities for everyone – grownups and kiddos: Mini Golf, Table Tennis, Badminton, Football, Basketball, Skate Park and Climbing Wall, Track, Volleyball, Kids Play area, Fitness Area, Forest Paths.
And once you’ve worked up an appetite, you and the kids can grab a bite from one of the park’s food trucks and a enjoy a picnic-style meal at one of the outdoor seating areas. So make a day of it with the kiddos – Al Fay Park is the perfect choice for a fun family day out.
Take a stroll through this expansive park that comes complete with lush green lawns, water fountain, and its own museum and aquarium! There is a family train, maritime museum, shops, pools, restaurants, an artificial beach and an open-air amphitheatre that can seat as many as 10,000 people.
The park’s museum documents the history of the region from before the discovery of oil to the modern era, and showcases some early archaeological findings.
The train gives you and the kids the opportunity to travel through the park and enjoy the landscape. They even boast women and children only spots and pools for added privacy. And for a touch of local culture, an Islamic garden has been sculpted in Arabian style, and a maritime garden has plants and fountains.
Do note that some areas/features within the park may be closed until further notice.
Parks at The Galleria
Head over to the rooftop at The Galleria and spend some time outdoors with your littles. Their Sky Park is perfect to take in some great city views while you can have a stroll or blow off some steam over at the Family Park and Sports Park.
With soft play areas, climbing frames, slides and lots of fun games including life-sized versions of Jenga, Scrabble, Dominoes, and children’s building blocks, the kiddos can get creative, learn, and play in a fun and safe environment.
Head down with the kiddos for a day out in nature.
This hidden Abu Dhabi gem is nestled within the city, and is the perfect green escape from the bustle of the town. It’s an excellent picnic spot, and is the perfect backdrop for anything from an outdoor workout, a quiet stroll, or a toddler playdate.
So pack up those munchies, bikes, skates, scooters, and yoga mats – the possibilities for a fun day out are endless!