Al Barsha Pond Park A little oasis of gardens and palm trees, sports facilities and a huge man-made pond – hence the name – this is one of Dubai’s newer parks and has tennis and volleyball courts, football pitches, and fitness machines keeping Al Barsha residents fit. There’s a track for joggers and cyclists to rack up the laps on, and you can hire (pedal) go karts too. Between Emirates NMB and Al Barsha Mall, Al Barsha 2
Synergy is a fitness gym without the games and gimmicks and is ideal if you want to focus on increasing strength and conditioning. The gym is full of weights and cardio machines so there’s no excuses to not get a full workout here. 316 Road, Al Barsha 1, (04 454 1471).
A cross between a youth club and a snooker hall, this social and games club has a dedicated computer games room, eight billiards tables and café churning out fast snacks to gamers who get the munchies. It tends to be a hangout for some of the Al Barsha youngsters and hipsters, and you can play until 3am on the weekends. Emerald Properties Building, Al Barsha 1, www.queclub.com (04 336 5551). Al Barsha residents weigh in Those who live in the neighbourhood reveal what they love about their community
‘The best thing about Al Barsha is that the rents are affordable. I moved here six years ago and while prices have gone up since then, it’s not too bad in comparison to other parts of the city. If I could change one thing it would be the traffic from the mall on weekends’. Jamal Aziz, 42, barber
‘Now that most of the pavements are actually finished, we have a metro station, ski slope and so many places to eat, the only thing I don’t love about living in Al Barsha is the traffic at rush hour’. Joanna Henderson, 38, graphic designer
‘Al Barsha is a very nice place to have a business and in general it’s quite busy. There’s a lot of competition from more accessible places like Al Quoz, but the area is certainly growing in terms of accommodation and interest, and tourists from all over the Gulf region are settling here’. Tarek Azmi, 37, owner of Rumble Cycles