In the heart of Dubai, the picturesque Creekside Park forms a green oasis where tourists and locals can relax from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
In the desert environment of Dubai, green spaces are a real treat for both the eye and the soul. One of the city's most popular oases is Creekside Park, the second largest public park in Dubai after Mushrif Park. Locals and Dubai holidaymakers take advantage of the picturesque green spaces and the shade of the palm trees to stroll in the open air and escape the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Botany fans will also get their money's worth here, as many of the 280 different tree and plant species in Dubai Creekside Park come from far away and were planted here for the first time in the United Arab Emirates. In the Palm Garden near the Al Garhood Bridge, the historic irrigation system of earlier desert gardens can still be admired.
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Visit Dubai Creekside Park
As the name suggests, Creekside Park is located directly on the picturesque Dubai Creek, where traditional dhows ply the extensive network of canals all the way to the interior of the Arabian metropolis. With the blue of the sky and sea and the green of the golf course on the other side of the creek, it forms a picture-perfect idyll.
The Creekside Park was opened in 1994 and covers an area of almost 100 hectares between the Al Maktoum Bridge and the Al Garhood Bridge. Its entrances are at the two bridges, at Al Riyadh Street and on the banks of the creek, where the dhows from Deira or Bur Dubai dock.
Tip: For a small additional charge to the equally small entrance fee to Dubai Creekside Park, bicycles and covered pedal vehicles can be rented to explore the entire park in comfort.
Activities and leisure activities
Sport and recreation are at the top of the list of possible activities in Creekside Park. Joggers, cyclists, inline skaters and walkers can be found on the extensive network of paths. In addition to public barbecue and picnic areas, a large restaurant and many small snack bars cater to the physical well-being of visitors.
Children can enjoy themselves on the sun-shaded playgrounds and mini-golf or watch anglers pulling their catch out of the creek. The absolute highlight for the little ones is the "Children's City", where toys of all kinds invite them to try them out. The Dolphinarium in Creekside Park is also very popular, although somewhat questionable from an animal welfare point of view.
Apart from exercise and relaxation in the fresh air, special facilities also attract visitors to Creekside Park. For example, the 1,200-seat amphitheatre in the south of the park regularly hosts concerts and other performances.
Transport and technology at Dubai Creekside Park
A cable car spans the entire site, with passengers suspended at a height of around 30 metres above Creekside Park. It not only offers an alternative means of transport over the green space, but also a view of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf that stretches for kilometres. Those who prefer to stay on the ground can also use the "Park Train" for faster progress.
The other technical equipment at Creekside Park is also impressive. Three helicopter landing pads, a first-aid room and a communication centre are facilities that you would not normally expect to find in a city park. Another unique feature is the water cooling system that runs through the entire park.