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Green Sanctuaries in Dubai – Stunning Oases in the Desert

Butterfly parks, relaxing barbeque stations and loads of space for relaxing in the sun are on offer in Dubai. Far from its desert vibes, the city is a green oasis of exotic foliage and open greens.

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Burj Park

This park sits under the shadow of the mighty Burj Khalifa. It is close to the Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar. Open to people and pets the park offers relaxing confines to sit and observe the environs. Considered one of the best-pedestrianized locales in the city Burj Park boasts wide open spaces and well laid out paths that encourage cyclists, joggers and those out for an early morning or evening stroll. Bikes are available for hire at the entrance and are ideal for exploring the park as well as the nearby purpose built 'Old Town' which is, in fact, a modern settlement emulating a traditional town.

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Zabeel Park

Well located in Old Dubai this park is popular amongst families. There are plenty of well-rounded attractions there including bicycle tracks, children's edutainment venues, a small train, play zone, lake offering boat hires and opportunity for bird spotting. Every first Friday of the month you get to explore the Dubai Flea Market which is held within the parks premises; ideal for snagging up some authentic bits and pieces at bargain prices.

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Al Manzar Park

This beautiful beach park borders Dubai and Sharjah. The stunning environs are well laid out with barbeque facilities open to visitors. The place is equipped with a swimming pool and private beach huts which you need to arrive early to book. Of course stays at Dubai beach villas are best for enjoying sun, sand and surf while Al Manzar is a good respite and days outing for those of you not within close proximity to the beach.

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Al Ittihad Park

Al Ittihad is located on the stunning Palm Jumeirah man-made archipelago. Covering an extent of 1.1 million sq.ft. the park is home to over 60 species of trees native to the region. Ittihad meaning "union" emulates the unique features of the Palm Jumeirah which is also home to hotels, residential housing parks, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, a marina and much more. Designed on a sustainable eco platform the park is beautifully inlaid with jogging tracks, stunning attractions and plenty of parking. Ideal to learn about the diverse foliage of the UAE region, Al Ittihad Park contains plants and trees from the UAE's wadis, deserts, mountains and coastal areas.

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The Dubai Butterfly Garden

The world's largest butterfly garden was unveiled at the Dubai Miracle Garden. Climate controlled the Butterfly Garden is open to visitors throughout the year. The place houses a vast collection of the fragile and beautiful winged species while the Butterfly Flower Park and the Butterfly Museum all add to the thrills awaiting you within this verdant sanctuary.