Mushrif Central Park, formerly Mushrif Park, opens today in Abu Dhabi after two years of redevelopment.
The redevelopment project was undertaken by Abu Dhabi-based Al Ain Properties.
There will be several fun-filled community celebrations for children and adults during the weekend in the park’s new venues including Abu Dhabi’s first outdoor amphitheatre in a park and a striking ‘shade house’ with an indoor botanic garden.
Today, there will be a range of family-friendly activities and workshops from kite making to sports games, storytelling shows, and a drum circle. The community day will be free to the public from 12pm to 6pm. The park’s opening weekend festivities will continue throughout the weekend until tomorrow, Saturday March 21 with the inaugural weekly Ripe Food & Craft Market at Mushrif Central Park in partnership with Al Bayt Mitwahid Association from 4pm to 9pm.
The park is located on 15th Street between Airport Road and Karamah Street and is one of the largest and oldest parks in Abu Dhabi. The new park features a variety of facilities including a Shade House, Animal Barn, Amphitheatre, Great Lawn, Botanic Garden, Children’s Garden and Evening Garden. The Animal Barn is operated in partnership with Emirates Park Zoo and will house 12 animals including a camel, baby goat, cow and a pony.
The amphitheatre is a large outdoor performing arts venue which can accommodate over 1,000 people. The Shade House houses several species of plants in a moisture controlled environment and has two upper-level decks offering a picturesque view of the park and the surrounding landscape. In keeping with the park’s history and heritage, over 200 trees from the old park have been salvaged and positioned in their original spaces throughout the park.
Abdul Aziz Husain Ahmed, CEO of Al Ain Properties, comments: “The park’s design captures and honours the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s legacy of conservation and his love of nature. We hope that the park will become a community hub for the entire Abu Dhabi community just as the old park had been part of in Abu Dhabi’s history and memory since 1982.”