Urban beach and play park open at Dubai Design District

The open-air venue has sports courts, a gym and a skate park

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Dubai Design District (d3) just got even cooler with the opening of a new urban beach and play park.

THE BLOCK is a recreational stretch of sports courts, an outdoor gym, a skate park, a climbing wall and the first urban beach in the city.

The open-air destination is the perfect place to while away a day in the great outdoors before the weather reaches melting point, whether you’re exerting yourself on the basketball and volleyball courts or taking it easy on the sand.

The ramps situated in the park (opposite the Design Quarter at the Waterfront), also permit BMX bikes and the facility also includes a dedicated section for callisthenics, where you can rent out essential equipment for kickboxing, table tennis and badminton.

Featuring an imaginative design, THE BLOCK is accessible by water taxi and offers the d3 community a space to relax and unwind in.

Boasting a range of new eateries, the facility also allows you to bring your own picnic baskets.

Foodies will also be happy to know that the Miami Vibes Food Festival is currently underway at THE BLOCK until Saturday April 14, offering a variety of cuisines from 30 street food vendors.

The candy land-themed festival will host live performances from local artists and DJs on weekends, in addition to art installations.

Another cool fact? THE BLOCK was developed with an ecological mindset, recycling 27 tonnes of concrete, which were used in the canal area during construction.

There’s nothing like a bit of eco-friendly family fun.
Free. Open daily 7am-midnight. Dubai Design District, Ras Al Khor Road (04 433 3000).

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