Fodor's Expert Review Za'abeel Park
Zabeel Park is located between the Trade Centre and the highly populated Karama district. It opened in 2005 and spans 116 acres of the northernmost part of Sheikh Zayed Road, and is broken up by the same arterial. One side is touted as a technology-themed park, and is broken into different zones, for example, alternative energy, technology, and communication. Standard park attractions include walking and cycling paths, tennis courts, cricket pitches, and ballparks. Other visitors just sit and enjoy the ornamental gardens and ponds, or have lunch at the lakeside restaurant. In the cooler season, there are often markets on the weekend, with food trucks, local crafts, and live music. On the other side of Sheikh Zayed Road (Zabeel B, entry at gate 6), entry is more expensive, but the areas have amusement-park features, such as Dubai Garden Glow and Dinosaur Park.