Safa Park is a regular on the weekend itineraries of most Dubai families, and home to the childhood memories of many of the city’s residents. Built in 1975, this old park is conveniently located at the city center, near many of its landmarks and shopping areas, such as Boxpark and the Business Bay. A family-oriented public park, it is ideal for a relaxed picnic with loved ones away from the city’s clamor. Find a serene spot under the shadow of the park’s older trees or sit near a big family and watch them practice their football skills. Once you’re well-rested, walk over to the Dubai Water Canal, a man-made waterway with beautiful sunset views of the city.
By Rend Beiruti, AFAR Local Expert
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With Toes Dipped in Golden Sand
With the shadow of the Burj Khalifa at our heels, we sat in Safa Park and enjoyed a meal from a generous farmer we encountered on the side of the road. From there we moved to the desert of Dubai. The never-ending labyrinth of dunes--mixed with with sand sifting between our toes like liquid gold--made for one of the most rewarding moments these avid travelers have ever experienced. Lower your tire pressure before you take your car off the highway (trust us on this one!) and pick a spot, any spot, and feel free to lose yourself in the amber horizon. In those moments, experiencing a part of the modern world in its most natural form, we made an immersive travel experience into moments of self-actualization. Lose yourself to the desert of Dubai. Breathe in the beauty and try and find the shadows of beetles of angels dancing in the sand.
By Nick Pachelli, AFAR Contributor
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