It’s no secret that nature has a healing, mood-elevating effect on us. An occasional wander amid calm and scenic locales, away from the concrete jungle can do wonders for our health. From fresh air to lush greens, head to these spots around Dubai for a regular dose of the outdoors.
1. Hop over to the park
Nestled between the busy streets of Dubai are several public parks. These green spaces are fully equipped for the public to use and enjoy, with barbecue pits, pretty ponds, jogging tracks, outdoor gyms, sports courts, children’s play areas, snack kiosks and more. They are ideal spots for active days out with family and friends, or a solitary jaunt for self-reflection.
Various locations including Zabeel Park, Al Jafiliya; +971 4 398 6888
2. Breeze through a beach day
With an expansive, gleaming coastline, no one in the city is far from the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf. Pack a bottle of sunscreen and your favourite beachwear and hit the shores and waves at Kite Beach, La Mer, The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residences or Black Palace Beach. Don’t miss the watersports and active fun at these waterside spots and later, grab a delicious meal from nearby food trucks and eateries.
Various locations including La Mer, Jumeirah; +971 4 800 637 227
3. Slide across desert dunes
The fine golden sands of Dubai are frequented by visitors, who enjoy dune surfing, dune driving, camel riding and other adventures offered on a desert safari. Meanwhile, residents favour the sands for a tranquil evening of camping and barbecues. For more sandscape escapades, experience the picturesque sunrise or sunset vistas at Al Qudra Lake, where you can watch migratory birds and swans glide through the water, or take a leisurely ride along the 86km Al Qudra Cycling Track to catch rare glimpses of oryx and other local wildlife.
Various locations including Al Qudra Lake, Al Qudra
4. Take a road trip to Hatta
When considering a getaway, there’s no better spot than Hatta. This idyllic town, an enclave of Dubai, is known for its crisp air, craggy hills and wadis. While water enthusiasts never miss a kayaking session, flanked by breathtaking mountain views, adventure enthusiasts can make a beeline for Hatta Wadi Hub to try mountain biking, archery and more adventurous thrills. Home to varied flora and fauna and the endangered Arabian tahr, Hatta is also a go-to for nature lovers and those keen on conservation efforts.
Various locations, Hatta
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