A Weekend Getaway at Safa Park , Dubai
Family weekends had been all about The Dubai Mall until we found refreshment in the lap of
nature, the Safa Park at the cost of three dirhams per person who is the admission fee. Safa Park
is the oldest, and the most popular urban park of Dubai build around the new Dubai canal, and
the Dubai Municipality maintains the park. It is the largest park of Dubai covering around 64
hectares located on Sheik Zayed Road bordered by AL Wasal Road and Al Wayside Street and
has four separate entrances. The nearest metro station is the Business Bay Metro Station, half a
mile away from the park.
The park opens every day and operates from 8 am – 11 pm. It was a bright sunny morning when
we bought our admission into the park. With a lush of greenery, it’s panoramic view and
facilities; it makes an excellent place for family picnics and office picnics with permanent
barbeque setups on the edges of the park. The fun of grilling our favorite protein and devouring it
sitting on the green carpet like smooth grass was a different experience altogether from the high-
end restaurants we are used to. The place is like an urban sanctuary with birds such as Shikra,
Alexandrine Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet whose chirping gave me the real feeling of an
explorer through a jungle. We saw numerous species of trees, bushes and horticulture spaces.
There were waterfalls and fountains too. The park has a lake also where there are boating
facilities and boats can be rented. We rented a boat and boated for about an hour on the beautiful
lake, and the cold breeze blowing was very refreshing.
The green grassy lawns that cover almost 80% of the park are an excellent place for children to
play and enjoy themselves and also a peaceful place for elders to lie or sit and read books under
shades of the canopies; it was the most smooth experience for me. The park provides facilities
for various sports and has permanent tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and
soccer pitches. There have been build jogging and cycling tracks all around. The park provides
the facility of renting bicycles. There are amusement areas and small fairgrounds with bumper
cars, merry-go-rounds, electronic entertainment games, and amphitheaters. There is the
traditional Ferris wheel, giant trampoline, and other games for kids and teenagers. After trying
out the various sports, we took the mini train that offers a tour through the park if you would
prefer to relax. The place is very safe for children with signals and signs for children and almost
represents a small city. There are separate parks for women and children too.
There is a flea market that gathers many bargainers seeking second-hand furniture, kitchenware,
toys, books, clothes, and many more goods. We bought a second-hand shoe rack and a few
kitchen equipment. If you can make the right deal, then you know that you have made a smart
buy. This market operates on the first Saturday of every month between May and October, and
during the summer months, it moves indoors to Al Safa Hall. The park is home to regular
organic Friday Food Market Dubai where the local producers sell their wares. There are hosts of small
Street shops and small cafeterias where you can read through your book as you indulge in a cup
of coffee or the delicious snacks that they offer.
The park has been well kept and provides unique facilities for the disabled such as separate
toilets for them and also different parking areas. From the park, the Dubai skyline makes a
breathtaking view which I enjoyed the most. The park provides with a space allocated for
mothers for enabling them control over their children while playing in the Park. They also
offered metal fenced areas for ladies in three of the entrances. On Tuesdays, the park remains
reserved for ladies and children only. It provides 1447 free car parking facilities for the visitors,
but it charged us minimum parking charges as during the weekend it remains quite busy. It offers
everything that a theme park is expected to deliver. The facility that it provides at the minimum
entry fee makes it worth a visit to this open green space.
People mostly spend around two or three hours, but we end up paying almost the whole day
trying out the supports, shopping from the flea market and strolling around. For visitors, a day
here is just perfect. The Safa Park Dubai is a must-visit not only for tourists but the residents of the city
as even a walk through it as the serene environment rids us from the stress of work and life. It is
ideal for visiting the park during the winter months. The visit to the quiet park after a busy week
was like therapy that rejuvenated our senses in the lush greenery away from the hustle and bustle
of the city. So next time you have a day to take a peaceful stroll with your family, opt for the
Safa Park Dubai which is only a few kilometers away from Downtown Dubai and hope it will be a
sublime experience for all the visitors as it had been for me. After this fantastic experience, I
would choose to spend more holidays here than any fancy crowded place.