Time Out explores the best things to do in Rashidiya station
Free parking for 2,700 cars. Buses run to and from Nadd Al Hama (F01), Rashidiya (F02), Mirdif West (F03) and East (F04), Al Mizhar (F05) and Al Warqa (F10). There is also a bus and taxi stand just outside the park.
1 Rashidiya Park: If you’re in the mood for a quiet stroll, then stop by at the Rashidiya Park right behind the metro station. It’s a quiet family park with a small play area for children. 04 285 1208 Two minutes walking distance from the station
2 Rashidiya Library: A rarity in Dubai, the Rashidiya Library has a small collection of English and Arabic reference and fiction books, plus a children’s books section. Membership lasts five years and costs Dhs210 for adults. You can also surf the web for Dhs3 per hour, or free if you are a member. 04 285 8065; www.libraries.ae Six minutes walking distance from the station
3 Bin Sougat Centre: One of the biggest landmarks in the area, the shopping centre is a bit of a walk from the metro station but worth every minute of it. You’ll find all the big-name stores for fashion, as well as a big Spinneys supermarket. It also has several places to eat, from the well-known Indian restaurant Gazebo to the Lebanese food chain Automatic, and there’s FunCorner to keep the kids busy. 04 286 3000 Seven minutes walking distance from the station
4 Rashidiya Corner Café: This place offers burgers, shawarmas, falafel and fresh juices like most of the other cafés in town. Yet, due to its prime location next to the Bin Sougat Centre, it’s almost always full of customers. 04 286 2282 Seven minutes walking distance from the station
5 Union Cooperative Society: The Coop is usually quite crowded and families can be seen coming out with their shopping carts piled up to the brim – but this is surely a sign of good value and, sure enough, the grocery store is known for its cheaper rates and promotions. There is also a Damas jewellers shop next door if you do get the urge to splurge. 04 286 0977 Eight minutes walking distance from the station