In a city full of glamorous restaurants and exclusive clubs, sometimes the simple things can get overlooked. But here in Dubai, the feeling of grass between your toes is just as rare as some VIP seating or that hundred dollar steak. Little gems like Dubai Creek Park might pass you by.
One of the older public areas the city has to offer, Creek Park is tucked in between the Floating and Maktoum bridges on the busy Oud Metha side of the creek. Despite being hugged on three sides by bustling traffic and buildings, behind its walls the park is serene as can be. Past a few rolling hills (and many friendly cats) is the expansive water view that makes this park a little more special than your average picnic spot.
Sunset is an ideal time to stop by and watch the light fade off Deira's glass towers while the small creek boats spark their lanterns. With the Burj Khalifa at your back, Creek Park is a perfect view of older Dubai and a quieter alternative to some other city green. If you're in the mood for a more aerial view, the park's cable cars glide back and forth over the edge of the creek well into the night.
If kids or company are coming along, there's a large playground and numerous barbeque spots under some terrace shade. There's also the Dubai Dolphinarium, an indoor dolphin and seal show catered to the younger crowd. But speaking as someone who just might have gone there with about 25 three- and four-year-old kids in tow (kindergarten, how colourful this year has been) don't get your hopes up for a dazzling show. Though perhaps brace yourself for some toddler tears over the kickoff laser display...
For a simple something to do, Dubai Creek Park has a five dirham entry fee and a view you won't forget. Off the beaten path of Dubai's glam scenery, it's spot on for a little lunch or stroll. Just keep your sandwich crumbs from those cats or you'll suddenly have lots of new pals... or so a "friend" told me.