Grab your mates and get cookin' in the great outdoors
Time Out Dubai staff
Al Mamzar Beach Park This huge park on Dubai’s border with Sharjah has numerous barbecue set-ups, and on cooler days you will find most of them already occupied unless you get there around 10am. Lots of trees provide plenty of shade from the afternoon sun – a much-needed mercy if you’re the one left standing over the coals. Park entry Dhs5. Al Mamzar (04 296 6201).
Creekside Park Along the banks of the Creek on Bur Dubai side, this park hosts a number of barbecue stations as well as plenty of space for picnicking nearby. If you fancy taking a stroll to work up your appetite, the cactus garden is worth a peek (watch your fingers!) and the cable car service offers an aerial view of the surroundings for an extra Dhs25. Park entry Dhs5. Between Maktoum and Al Garhoud Bridge, Bur Dubai (04 336 7633).
Jumeirah Beach Park Though you can’t barbecue on the sand itself, there are plenty of designated pits in the park’s grassier areas, plus a burger joint if you find yourself growing impatient. On weekends, the park tends to rank among the city’s busiest, but as it’s set over 12 hectares, there’s more than enough space for everyone. Park entry Dhs5. Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Chili’s Restaurant (04 349 2555).
Safa Park One of the city’s most popular public barbecuing spots, the park’s grills are dotted along the inside of the fence, and accompanied by small wooden pagodas for dining. Unfortunately, these aren’t as comfortable or practical as they may first seem, so bring a deck chair or comfy rug. Park entry Dhs3. Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah (04 349 2111).
Neighbourhood parks Gated communities such as those in Emirates Living and Uptown Mirdif have designated barbecue spots near the neighbourhoods’ parks and swimming pools for residents to use at their leisure. Worth considering if you’re looking to move soon, or if you happen to have friends living in one of these areas who could be persuaded to host a feast.