Zabeel Park

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Zabeel Park
حديقة زعبيل
Zabeel Park.jpg
View of Zabeel Park, with the Dubai skyline visible in the background
TypeUrban and public park
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°14′07.1″N 55°17′51.7″E / 25.235306°N 55.297694°E / 25.235306; 55.297694Coordinates: 25°14′07.1″N 55°17′51.7″E / 25.235306°N 55.297694°E / 25.235306; 55.297694
Area47.5 ha (117.375 acres; 0.475 km²; 0.184 mi²)
CreatedDecember 28, 2005 (2005-12-28)
Operated byPublic Parks and Horticulture Department (Dubai Municipality)
StatusOpen all year, Saturday to Wednesday: 8.00am to 11.00pm; Thursday and Friday: 8:00am to 11:30pm[1]

Zabeel Park (Arabic: حديقة زعبيل‎) is an urban public park located in the Zabeel district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is bounded by Sheikh Rashid Road to the north, the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road to the northwest, while the Sheikh Zayed Road cuts through the south.[2] The park is divided into numerous sectors connected by pedestrian bridges, and there are multiple entrance gates.[3]

Situated between Al Karama and the Dubai World Trade Centre, Zabeel Park covers much of the Al Kifaf area.[2] It is accessible from the Red Line of Dubai Metro via the nearby Al Jaffliya Station.[4] It is maintained by the Public Parks and Horticulture Department of Dubai Municipality.[5]

Background[edit]

The park was opened to the public in December 2005, in an inauguration ceremony by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.[6] Zabeel Park has an area of 47.5 hectares, roughly equivalent to 45 football grounds.[6][5] The parking capacity can accommodate 2,300 vehicles.[5]

Activities[edit]

The entrance fee is AED 5 per person.[7] The park is one of the city's largest and most frequented, and is a popular spot for sports and live music.[8] It contains various recreational facilities including a 4.3 km jogging track on the park perimeter, pedestrian tracks, BMX track, skateboarding park, barbecue and picnic areas, a boating lake, lakeside restaurants, ice skating, a mini cricket pitch and golfing area, shaded seating and children's play areas.[2][7] There is also an exhibition gallery, prayer rooms, a fitness centre, and various monuments.[6] The park has a technology-based theme, with three zones (the Alternative Energy Zone, Communications Zone and the Techno Zone) containing educational and interactive displays. It also offers a 3D cinema for edutainment activities.[5][6][1]

There are over 3,000 palm tree plantations in the park, in addition to 7,000 other trees of a variety of 14 species.[5] Visitors have access to Wi-Fi internet.[5] During the 20th Dubai Shopping Festival in 2015, the park attracted over 90,000 visitors in the first 10 days.[9]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zabeel Park". Guide2Dubai. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Dh20.35m project for road network and Zabeel Park". Gulf News. 23 February 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ Google (7 June 2015). "Zabeel Park" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ Ahmed, Ashfaq (16 July 2009). "Metro users to benefit from Al Jafiliya station's key location". Gulf News. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Parks and Beaches in Dubai". Dubai Municipality. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Hamdan opens Zabeel theme park". UAE Interact. 28 December 2005. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Public Parks in Dubai". Dubai FAQs. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Above Zabeel Park". Dubai360. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Over 90,000 visitors recorded at Zabeel Park in first 10 days of DSF". Khaleej Times. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.

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