Dubai Neighborhoods: Al Safa Park

Yall! Staying true to weekly post, I bring you the next “neighborhood” in Dubai: Al Safa Park. You read that right: there is a beautiful, green park smack dab in the middle of the desert that is Dubai – this city never ceases to amaze!

There is a running/walking track that loops around the park

There is a running/walking track that loops around the park

The park has undergone several updates over the last 20 years, and now, as you can see below, there are plenty of skyscrapers that create great views from the park:

Burj Khalifa and the two towers on the right are the tallest hotels in the world: Marriott Marquis

Burj Khalifa and the two towers on the right are the tallest hotels in the world: Marriott Marquis

Where: From this map, you can find the park right in the middle of the city – a perfect location!

What: Safa Park is one of the many parks in Dubai, but it is the largest, about 160 acres, containing 3 lakes, plenty of bird wildlife, and 16,924 different trees and bushes (per Wikipedia!). The park is covered in 80% of grassy knolls, which offer plenty of amazing views of the park itself as well as the Dubai skyline.

Highlights: I love the Archive restaurant situated in the center of the park – it offers great coffees, yummy food, free Wifi, and just a generally chill atmosphere. There’s also plenty of playgrounds, football (ahem, soccer) pitches, tennis courts, a waterfall and lakes, and  little walking trails that sprawl throughout the park. Also, on Friday, there is a fab farmer’s market!

The Archive

The Archive

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Not too shabby for February!

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Fun Facts:

  • The park was originally built waaaay back in 1975 (practically ancient by Dubai standards)! And prior to the park’s creation, that area was one in which many illegal immigrants congregated – read more on that here
  • Tuesdays (during the day) are designated for children and women only
  • Bring some food and have a BBQ – there are plenty of grill stations to go around!
  • The park entrance fee is AED3

Until next time…

The view from my spot in the park this afternoon :)

The view from my spot in the park this afternoon 🙂

7 responses to “Dubai Neighborhoods: Al Safa Park

  1. I love Safa park. It’s so beautiful and peaceful there, -like a Dubai version of Central park:)

    • Agreed!!! I heard a nasty rumor that they were going to do some Expo 2020 building over/through the park – hopefully that isnt the case!!

  2. I think I like Jumeirah Beach Park a little better, it has the added advantage of a sea breeze 😉 http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-beautiful-jumeirah-beach/

    • I 100% agree – Jumeirah Beach Park has such a calm vibe to it, plus you cant beat the beach 🙂 Thanks for the link – great post!!

  3. Hello, we have just arrived in Dubai from North Carolina. I am enjoying your blog and definitely plan to visit this park thanks to your post. I have been trying to connect with the American Women’s Association but the website said last week it was banned and now it says it no longer exists. I don’t know if you are a part of this group or not. Any suggestions on how to connect and join? I very much want to meet other expats out here. Thanks!

    • Welcome!! Where in NC are you from? We moved here from CLT back in September. I hadnt been to any of the American Women’s Association events, unfortunately, but found that the Dubai section of Expat Woman had some really good posts and meet ups. Another good site to try is http://www.meetup.com/cities/ae/dubai/ as well as http://www.volunteerinuae.com/. Shoot me an email, too, if you like to play golf (abby.s.blanton@gmail.com). There’s a great women’s group in Dubai (all levels) that play most of the courses around here at a discounted rate – I’ve met lots of great women through that organization as well.

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