Parks & beaches

This long white-sand beach is just 20min away from the city centre. It offers a nice view of the prestigious Burj al-Arab and is an ideal place for relaxing, sunbathing and enjoying various water sports. Although bathing suits are tolerated, women are advised against wearing bikinis.

Ras Al Khor Dubai Wildlife Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor industrial area
Visitors to this wonderful sanctuary can observe swamp harriers, spotted eagles, ospreys and many others species of birds in their natural habitat. Ras Al Khor is also home to numerous pink flamingos; artificial nests have been set up here in order to encourage their reproduction.

Dubai Zoo
Beach Rd., Jumeirah 1
Situated in the suburbs of Jumeirah, this is the oldest zoo on the Arabian Peninsula, and thanks to its luxuriant vegetation, it is the most verdant spot in the region as well. In addition to chimpanzees and rare Arabian wild cats, you can admire nine different kinds of felines and indigenous birds of prey, which are housed in an immense aviary.

Mushrif Park
One of the largest parks in Dubai, this is a lovely place for a walk. While there, have a look at the reconstructed Bedouin and traditional arts-and-crafts villages.