Coronavirus: more parks to reopen in Dubai on Monday

The emirate is taking a phased approach, with some neighbourhood parks opening on May 18 and others on May 25

Dozens of parks will reopen in Dubai on Monday.

The emirate closed all public open spaces in the middle of March to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Last week, officials from the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management announced public parks would welcome visitors again.

But only a handful reopened in the following days, alongside walking, running and cycling tracks across the city.

Authorities have now said that the emirate will restore full park services in “gradual and successive phases”.

Seventy neighbourhood parks will welcome visitors from Monday, followed by Mushrif, Al Mamzar, Al Khor, Zabeel and Al Safa parks in the last phase on May 25. Here, The National breaks down the phases.

First phase, from May 12-18. 

Tracks will open at:

- Zabeel

- Al Safa

- Al Barsha South

- Al Sufouh

- Al Mankhool

- Al Liseily

Parks will open at:

- Nad Al Sheba-2 parks

- Al Worood in Nad Al Sheba-4

- Al Twar 2 and 3 parks

- Mosque Park

- Al Mizhar-1, 2 and 4

- Al Qusais 2 and 3

- Nadd Al Hamr Park

- Al Warqaa-2 Park

Second phase, from May 18.

70 parks will open, including:

- neighborhood parks

- Miracle Cave

- Glasshouse in Quranic Park

Third and final phase.

Larger parks will open, including:

- Mushrif Park

- Al Mamzar Park

- Al Khor Park

- Zabeel Park

- Al Safa Park

Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said parks would only reopen after authorities were able to study the latest data on the spread of Covid-19.

He said the benefits of reopening gradually included the ability to continuously measure and assess the situation, ensuring any risk of a spike in infections was minimised.