Dubai's Heritage Sites
Dotted around Dubai are a number of historic buildings and sites that offer a glimpse of a bygone era. The following are some of the most prominent: Burj Nahar, Dubai Municipality Museum, Dubai Museum, Hatta Heritage Village, Heritage & diving Village, Majlis Ghorfat um- Al Sheif,Naif Museum, Old Souks, Sheikh Saeed’s House, Al Fahidid Distric (bastakiya), union House.
Dubai is home to many such landmarks that are worth seeing during your visit. Be it Ski Dubai, Palm Jumeirah,, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and the list goes on. These landmark projects have catapulted Dubai to the world scene. See them to believe them.
Parks & Beaches in Dubai
Dubai provides beautiful parks and beaches with all the required facilities for leisure and recreation. Parks add to the beauty of the environment and moderate the temperature, All Dubai parks are managed by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality.
It is 15 kilometres away from the city centre and is the largest park in Dubai. Many facilities are available for families on more than 30 family zones inside the park.
It overlooks Dubai Creek and can also be accessed by boat. It also has a landing pad for helicopters, a small golf course and an amphitheater accommodating 1,200 people.
Al Safa Park:
It is located where Jumeirah and is especially popular among women and children. It includes a traffic village to teach children traffic rules. There is train that goes around the park and lots of recreational games.
Jumeirah Beach Park:
It overlooks the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf and has trained lifeguards, rescue boats and helicopter landing pads for use in emergency cases. Different desert plants are abundant in the park together with several rock formations
Al Mamzar Park:
It is the second largest park in the city and located within the Al Mamzar residential area. In addition to the park’s beaches, visitors can enjoy the large swimming pool, which is divided into areas for children and adults. The park includes changing rooms, showers, lifeguard stations and first aid facilities. There are also more than 30 barbecue sites and visitors seeking privacy can rent one of 15 chalets available there. Rent online from Dubai Municipality.
It is situated between Dubai World Trade Center and Al Karama. It offers a 3-D cinema and educational and entertaining interactive shows in its Communications Zone, Techno Zone and Alternative Energy Zone. Its area is equal to to that of 45 football playgrounds, features around 3,000 palm trees with almost 7,000 other trees of 14 different species. Dubai Municipality has launched a wireless Internet service for the park’s visitors. The park provides a parking area accommodating 2,300 cars. Dubai Mall also offers the unique Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
More than 45 million blooming flowers in stunning designs, awesome shapes and structures, and eye catching color combinations achieved through 45 different flower varieties and color. Miracle Garden is one of a kind in the region and in the world for such a unique display and extravagant outdoor recreational destination. Miracle Garden in its First Phase is providing state of the art services and facilities including open parking, VIP parking, sitting areas, prayer room, toilet blocks, ablution facility, security room, first aid room, carts for handicapped visitors, retails and commercial kiosk and all other related services available to facilitate visitors.
Miracle Garden has the record in Guinness Book of Records for having the longest flower wall which will give new landmark for Miracle Garden and City of Dubai, believed to be leader in diverse and cultural tourist attraction.
Membership at Dubai Parks
Membership of some parks such as Al Mamzar, Zabeel, Creekside, Al Safa, Jumeirah Beach and Mushrif parks costs approximately AED 320 per adult or AED 640 per family. Park timings (except for residential area parks) are from Sunday - Wednesday from 08:00am - 11:00pm, and Thursday - Friday from 08:00am - 11:30pm.
Beaches in Dubai
Dubai’s beaches are distinguished for their marvellous white sands and clear crystal waters. Winter is especially wonderful for beachgoers. Those who seek extra fun and adventure can indulge in water sports. Beachgoers in Dubai, however, must abide by the regulations that prohibit alcoholic beverages and provocative outfits.
Dubai’s major beaches include:
The Jumeirah Beach is adjacent to Corniche Street and is close to Burj Al Arab Hotel and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, extending along several kilometres and providing lovely beaches and barbecue spots. Trained lifeguards tour the beach round the day, enabling a safe environment especially for children.
Al Mamzar Beach:
It is part of the famous Al Mamzar Park. The beach is marked by its still water, which resembles the water of a closed a peaceful lake. Admission to this beach is on a nominal charge and you can also reserve a chalet in case you wish to stay for the day.
Jebel Ali Beach:
As it is adjacent to Dubai free zones, it is known for its prestigious golf clubs, luxury hotels and resorts, as well as being adjacent to the Palms with its luxury residential complexes.
The warm Gulf water and the shining sun round the year have made Dubai an ideal site for water skiing, while the facilities provided for amateur and professional skiers have helped Dubai gain fame as a paradise for water skiers.