Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sunset in the park

After our Afternoon Tea we wanted to spend what was left of the afternoon outside and went to the Umm Al Emarat Park.
The weather is absolutely perfect at the moment, and it feels like such a treat to be able to be outside. We went for a stroll around the park in the sunset.

The park is very large and it consists of different parts. This is the Wisdom Garden, which was built in memory of the late Sheikh Zayed, and his efforts in environmental conservation. The wall panels all were inscribed with quotes by Sheikh Zayed, about the UAE and the country's heritage.

There was a small vegetable garden where they grow and cultivate herbs and vegetables for educational purposes.

They also have a small Zoo in the park and a couple of playgrounds, probably more suited for younger children, although I think our kids would probably enjoy coming here too. In the Animal Barn, there was a camel, some donkeys, lamas, sheep and a pony.

Also in the Childrens Garden part of the park, there was a large play area, with a small wadi.

The most unique structure in the park is the Shade House. Apparently you can climb it and overlook the park from the two upper level decks. There are tropical plants inside, where a special misting system allows them to thrive, thanks to the special design of the building.

The amphitheater. On the weekends this is used for outdoor concerts and other events. It features a canvas that is used for lighting displays and screening movies among other things. The lawn is also used for yoga classes now in the winter season.

This park is one of the oldest and largest in Abu Dhabi. It was built in 1982 and originally known as Mushrif Park. When it was extensively renovated in 2015 a new name was chosen, Umm Al Emarat means "Mother of the nation". The park has been awarded the Green Flag, an international benchmark for parks and green spaces.
A very nice green space in the middle of the city.

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