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Dubai to get 30 new parks

More than 30 new parks will be coming to Dubai next year. While details about the location of the green spaces have not yet been disclosed, officials have said that some of them will be incredibly large.

According to Ahmed Ibrahim Al Zarooni, head of the Dubai Municipality’s Department of Public Parks and Recreational Facilities, the new parks will range from small public recreation and play areas, to neighbourhood and mega parks.

“The parks will have a new generation design,” said Mr Al Zarooni, “They will be built based on the concepts of Al Nahda, Qusais and Al Warq parks, and will have more play areas.

Dubai already has more than 190 parks located across the emirate. They are diverse in style, and include many facilities for residents and visitors, such as sports and play areas for children and adults, areas for people with special needs, and barbecue areas.

Mr Al Zarouni also said that the number of new parks opened in the emirate will exceed 70 in the next three years. According to the head of the department, each park is designed to meet the needs of residents in each neighbourhood.

According to the Dubai Master Plan 2040, the areas allocated for recreational areas and parks will double. They will cater to the growing population and become green corridors linking residential areas and work centres. They will also improve transport infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Not all parks are designed with children’s play areas and families’ needs in mind,” said Mr Al Zarouni, “We do research to find out the demographics of the construction area. Then we design a park that will benefit the majority of residents. In some areas we see a lot of men playing cricket, so we will definitely build a cricket ground in this park. In some areas people prefer to play basketball, so we are envisaging a basketball court. Each park is being designed individually to cater to the needs of its neighbourhood.”

Details of the future construction were revealed on the first day of the Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) exhibition, which kicked off at Dubai World Trade Centre on Monday.

Source: Khaleej Times

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