Al Khawaneej is home to some unique parks in Dubai. In March 2019, there opened yet another park in the area. This latest addition to the list of parks in Khawaneej is special by many measures. The Quranic park is the first-ever Quran inspired park in the world.
Islam is deeply rooted in Arab culture. Even Though the modernity has taken over much of the city, it has managed to keep its roots. The Quranic park is a reflection of this. The park welcomes both Muslims and non-Muslims to learn and have a good time. Find out more about this unique park in Dubai.
The Quranic Park in Al Khawaneej
The park covers an area of 60 hectares. This huge park has different sections to it, serving different purposes and themes. The park features the plants and herbs mentioned in the Quran and the prophetic traditions. An artificial cave tells the miracles by 24 different prophets through audio and visuals. Apart from these, there is a play area for kids, a cafeteria, a fountain, and a lake.
The lake is divided into two, with a walkway in the middle. This lake represents the miracle of Musa, who saved the people of Israel from Egypt by parting the Red sea. There are a few fountains in the middle of this lake, as well. So if you are walking on the walkway between the lake on a windy day, there is a pretty high chance that you’ll get wet.
The beautiful looking greenhouse is in one corner of the park. Like every other glasshouse, this one too houses plants. But unlike others, the glasshouse in the quranic park shows those mentioned in the Quran and Islamic traditions (also called Sunnah).
As of now, there are 29 varieties of trees and medicinal herbs in the facility. These include pumpkin, fig, watermelon, etc. The glasshouse is air-conditioned. Instead of using traditional air vents, fake trees that blend into the whole aesthetic of the place are used as air ducts.
You can see bronze poles with nozzles in them to water the plants. They spray mist as per the requirement of the specific plant.
There is a small artificial stream with fish in the glasshouse complementing the whole ambiance. A romp way that spirals across the glasshouse lets you walk around and look at the different plants. The observation deck at the top of the rampway gives the complete view of the greenhouse.
Each plant has a signboard against them with their names and minor details. But you would wish if they had added more details. An information board near the entrance of the park lists all the plants present inside the park.
The greenhouse is to house those plants mentioned in the Quran which do not survive in the desert climate. The rest of them are grown in the outside garden. There is also a shop that sells the saplings and seeds of the plants on display.
The mobile app by the same name as the park, supported in both ios android, will let you find out more about the park.
The Cave of Miracles
The cave talks about the miracles given by God to all the prophets mentioned in the Quran and traditions. Each section of the cave is dedicated to specific miraculous incidents. Animated videos and sound effects make the stories engaging.
On your visit inside the cave, a guide will explain to you the details and will walk you through them. The cave is huge, but only some of the features are fully functional yet. It has been meticulously crafted to resemble a real cave replete with stalactites.
One downside is that, at the moment, the videos are only in the Arabic language. Also, they are designed with kids in mind. So some adults may not find them really interesting. But the work to translate the videos is underway and will soon be completed.
When you go to see the cave, it is better to choose a day other than weekends. Because the cave is not large enough, you will have to wait in the queue to get in. And on weekends this can be quite a bit long.
The orchard garden in the park is quite large. Plants from the Quran and sunnah are present here, as well. They are well kept and manicured. You can spend hours walking in this garden.
Plants that need not be kept in the greenhouse are grown here. There are about a couple of dozens of plants in the garden, including the sidr tree and pomegranate. Again, many of the plants are quite young. It will take them some time to grow to their full. If you find them unimpressive now, then you should visit again after a few months, or maybe a few years.
There are two play areas for the kids suitable for kids between 2 and 12. Surrounding the park, there is a rubber jogging track and a cycling track.
Large sculptors in the shape of trees provide shade along the walkway. The canopy of these trees is solar panels that power the charging stations in their own trunk and also the park lights. Trunks of these tree shades are embellished with golden Arabic calligraphy. These are the perfect demonstration of how to integrate modern and eco-friendly technology into our daily lives without compromising the aesthetic beauty.
Quranic Park ticket prices
The entry to the park is free for all. But the glasshouse and the cave has a small entry fee. Both of them have separate tickets that cost five AED each. You can pay for the ticket with your nol card. If you do not have a nol card, you can get one from the counter outside the Cave of Miracles.
The park offers free parking to visitors.
Quran park timing
- Weekdays (Saturdays – Thursdays): 8.00 am to 10.00 pm
- Fridays: 3.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Attractions near Quranic Park Dubai
The al khawaneej area is home to a few other unique attractions. Some of them are:
- The Yard by Meraas
- Mushrif park
- Cycling and walking track
The Quran park is located in Al Khawaneej, opposite to the Mushrif park. The park is on Al Warqa road. The best way to get here is by driving. If you are coming by public transport, you will have to walk nearly 2 kilometers after getting off the bus. Because the parking is free, taking a car is even more convenient.
The park provides an introduction to Islamic traditions, faith, and practices. Once fully developed, the park will have an umrah corner to demonstrate rituals of the Islamic pilgrimage to mecca. The time magazine listed it as one of the world’s greatest places in its recent edition. The park will help build cultural understanding and teach the message of peace in Islam.
All in all, the idea behind the park is excellent. Who else on earth would have thought that it is possible to make a park based on the holy book? But because the park is very new, it will take some time to reach its full potential. Visiting the park even now is worth it too. But you should not keep your hopes high.
If you want to visit the attractions in Dubai and look around, a city tour is a great option. A Dubai sightseeing tour will let you explore the major sports in the city in a few hours. This is a great alternative to a task that otherwise will take a few days to weeks.