Dubai’s green spaces are a hive of activity and surprises. For example, did you know that Za’abeel Park has a series of monuments dedicated to Dubai’s many twin cities, including a traditional Japanese house as an ode to Osaka? Or that there are camel rides on offer in Mushrif Park? What’s more, there are far more parks in this desert town than you might suspect, covering 7.2 sq km in total. With temperatures hovering around a very pleasant 25°C (although it can occasionally reach 36°C in February, according to Dubai’s Meterological Office; we’ll ignore the rare low of 7°C), there has never been a better time to grab a picnic and investigate the city’s very varied public gardens, especially if your pockets are still a little empty from the festive season. Read on for our special guide to park life – we guarantee there will be loads you’ve never even heard of before (and some might be even better than Safa!).