A desert city full of oases.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Let’s start big picture. What’s the vibe here? Umm Al Emarat Park, a meticulously designed public park, blends nature with modern design. Rows of palm trees lead to water features that evoke a man-made oasis, all made to look like a contemporary fountain. The park is home to a number of sites, including an amphitheater, gardens, a playground, and an animal barn.
Fun! Any standout features or must-sees? The Wisdom Garden is particularly beautiful, with well-maintained indigenous plants and marble slabs with quotes from the late Sheikh Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Got it. Was it easy to get around? Clearly marked pathways and informative signs in multiple languages make this park easy to navigate. There are ample benches that provide opportunities for breaks If it's too hot outside, pit-stop in one of the high-end (and air-conditioned) cafes and bakeries by the entrance.
That sounds cool. All said and done, what—and who—is this best for? If you're in a time crunch, hit the water features straight ahead after entering, and stroll down one of the palm rows.