Jubail Mangrove Park

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Escape the city's hustle and explore a haven for avian and marine species native to Abu Dhabi at the serene Jubail Mangrove Park. Along the sprawling boardwalks that meander through the mangroves, you can catch glimpses of the park's inhabitants like turtles, herons and gazelles. Even though the city of Abu Dhabi is just 30 minutes away, you'll feel like you're in a whole new world. The landscape on Jubail Island is dramatic, especially in the park, where the lush Abu Dhabi mangrove forests separate the sea and shore. Birdwatchers, nature lovers and photographers will be in their element here.

The biology

This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly park aims to enhance awareness, appreciation and understanding of the important ecological function of the city's mangrove habitats, which not only support biodiversity and protect the Abu Dhabi coastline but also help prevent climate change by sucking up carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and trapping them in their flooded soils for millennia. The park is the emirate's first self-contained educational, nature and leisure destination.

A bird's eye view of the wooden bridge at Jubail Mangrove Park

What to do at Jubail Mangrove Park

The park is famous for its boardwalks. Floating just above the water's surface, the mangrove walkways provide the perfect view of the partially submerged mangrove trees and the wildlife living amongst them.

The most popular activity of all is kayaking. There's no better way to soak in the peace of Jubail Mangrove Park Abu Dhabi than gently rowing through the water and trees. Take to the water from dusk to dawn and even at night on a special night glow tour.

Be sure to book ahead via Jubail Mangrove Park's website. The park's ticket price is AED 15 which includes walking the boardwalk.

Three kayaks on the sandy shores at Jubail Mangrove Park

Frequently asked questions about Jubail Mangrove Park

Jubail Island is just outside Abu Dhabi between Yas Island and Saadiyat Island.

The boardwalk is 2km long.

The best way to get to Jubail Mangrove Park is to take a taxi. The journey from downtown Abu Dhabi is around 30 minutes..