Umm Al Emarat Park Overview

Umm Al Emarat Park, also known as Mother of the Nation Park, is one of the oldest and largest parks in the city of Abu Dhabi. Featuring a wide range of amenities, the park also houses several educational spaces as well as botanic gardens, and is located in the heart of the city. The design of the Umm Al Emarat Park honours the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Tucked in the heart of Abu Dhabi, on the 15th street between Airport Road and Al Karamah Street, the Umm Al Emarat Park is one of the city’s largest and oldest parks. Built in the year 1982, the park used to cater to children and ladies, and has since been extensively renovated and expanded, making it amongst the best family parks in the region. 

It is at Umm Al Emarat Park where you will find a lot of attractions and facilities to enjoy, from the Shade House and Animal Barn to the Amphitheatre, Great Lawn, Children’s Garden as well as Botanic Gardens and other places. You can also find more than 200 trees from the original park area salvaged, positioned and taken care of, inside the Umm Al Emarat Park premises. As of today, the park is one of the most popular social hubs in the region, acting as a place for family as well as community entertainment. From live shows and programs to a wide range of things to do, as well as dining spaces and options, this park has taken care of it all.

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• Head over to the Umm Al Emarat Park and enjoy the beautiful blend of nature with modernity here
• Enjoy the rows of palm trees flanking a fountain inside the park, making it seem like a man-made oasis
• Head over to the 1000-seater amphitheatre or playground, to spend some time soaking in views of your surroundings
• Visit the Botanic Gardens or Shade House to enjoy the lush green nature, with thousands of plants and trees
• Or spend some time petting the furry friends, from goats and sheep, to camels and ponies at the Animal Barn
• Learn about sustainability at the Wisdom Garden, complete with indigenous plants and marble slabs with quotes from the Late Sheikh Bin Sultan Al Nahyan
• Eat at cafes and bakeries after exploring the park
• Don’t forget to take a nice stroll down one of the palm trees rows all the way to the fountains when you visit the park

How To Reach

The Umm Al Emarat Park is located on 15th street, between Airport Road and Karamah Street, and is easily accessible by public transport. In addition to taking direct taxis or driving to the park, you can also avail public buses that operate to the park from different parts of Abu Dhabi on a regular basis.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Umm Al Emarat Park is in the early hours of the morning, around 08:00 a.m., when the park opens, since this is when there is less crowd here and the atmosphere is calm and pleasant. Alternatively, you can also visit the park during the sunset, to see the fountain and the surrounding views in all their glory.

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Places to Dine in Umm Al Emarat Park

1. Home Bakery:

Home Bakery within the Umm Al Emarat Park is a great place to dine. It is here where you can get your hands on delicious desserts and baked savoury goods. Everything here is baked from scratch, using authentic local and international ingredients. 

2. Green For Life

Green for Life is one dining space where you can indulge in fresh dishes made using organic, healthy ingredients that are unique to UAE. From vegan options to international flavors, you can have it all here. 

3. Movenpick Ice Cream

On your visit to the Umm Al Emarat Park, don’t forget to indulge in some ice cream at Movenpick. Boasting of more than 30 delicious flavors of ice cream and sorbet, Movenpick is known for using the finest ingredients, from Swiss cream and fresh fruits to creamy yogurts and spices, which are sure to make your mouth water.

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Primarily functioning as a burger joint, SALT is one of the best dinners at the Umm Al Emarat Park. It is here where you can enjoy delicious food using the most humble and simple ingredients, right in the lap of nature, surrounded by trees and people. The seats here are community-style, meaning you can also interact with other visitors and diners as you tuck into some of the most delicious and juicy burgers here. 

5. Parker’s

Parker’s offers you a chance to go back to your childhood with its unique flavors, offering you a wide array of street food options from around the world. Set in a sociable setting, with community tables and stands, you can gorge on lip-smacking dishes and street food (with their unique twist and flavors) here.

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Things to Do in Umm Al Emarat Park

1. Enjoy the greenery inside the Botanic Gardens

One of the best things to do in Umm Al Emarat Park is to visit the Botanic Gardens and enjoy lush greenery here. The garden has more than 200 regional plant species, along with many other species of plants from around the world, which you can see and learn about. You can also head over to the natural pond within the Botanic Garden and spend some time unwinding there. 

2. Explore the park on a train ride

The Umm Al Emarat Park has a toy train, which can take you for a ride around the park. So simply head over to the Promenade and hop aboard the train for a unique tour of the park, whilst you also enjoy the beautiful natural views around it.

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3. Learn about vegetable farming at “My Little Farm”

The Umm Al Emarat Park has a little farm, where herbs and vegetables are planted and cultivated for educational purposes. So, when you visit the park, don’t forget to spend some time learning everything about vegetable farming from experts.

4. Hang out with animals at the Animal Barn

There’s nothing better than visiting the Animal Barn at the Umm Al Emarat Park and getting to see and pet your furry friends. Home to animals like ponies, horses, donkeys and more, the Animal Barn lets you feed these animals too. You can also find baby goats and camels here, or let your children enjoy a pony ride during their visit.

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Tips to Visit

  • It is advisable to get your hands on one of the park maps to navigate through the park easily since the place is quite large and you could easily get lost here
  • Since outside food is not allowed inside the park premises, it is best to not bring anything with you, besides water bottles
  • It is recommended to keep a vigilant eye on your bags and other belongings whilst exploring the park
  • Tampering, removing or damaging any plant, structure, or park property is prohibited here
  • It is advisable not to bring your furry friends to the park, since pets are not allowed here
  • Any kind of cigarette, e-cigarette, shisha, or other similar things are prohibited inside the park, which is a non-smoking venue

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Point of Interest for Umm Al Emarat Park
The Wonder Maze

The Wonder Maze

The Wonder Maze is one of the best points of interest within the Umm Al Emarat Park. An amazing kaleidoscope of twists and turns, this maze is also said to be the largest in the whole world and boasts of hundreds of meters of column pipes, ropes and more. The grids and paths here are quite confusing, and it can take anywhere between 45 to 60 minutes to complete this maze.

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The Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre

Another one of the exciting spots in the Umm Al Emarat Park is the Amphitheatre, which can easily accommodate up to 1000 people at once. It is here where you can enjoy concerts, cultural performances, movie screenings and other outdoor events.

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The Shade House

The Shade House

One of the most iconic features of the Umm Al Emarat Park is the Shade House, which boasts of a beautiful collection of palm trees, cycads and other species of flora, especially those that thrive in the desert environment. You can find more than 30 plant species here.

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Animal Barn

Animal Barn

The Animal Barn in the Umm Al Emarat Park is one of the best places to visit, both for children as well as adults. Located in the Children’s Garden, this place is home to goats, horses, cows, donkeys and camels, along with ponies. In addition to feeding and petting these animals, children can also enjoy pony rides here.

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Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden

Home to more than 200 regional plant species, the Botanic Gardens are another top point of interest in the Umm Al Emarat Park. From plant species that can be found in the Emirates, to varieties that are native to Africa, Australia, Latin America as well as the United States, you can find it all here. The Botanic Garden also has a calming natural pond, along with cascading water and stone pools where you can relax and unwind.

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