There can never be enough outdoor space in Dubai in our opinion, and D3's edgy new park - aptly titled The Block - is as innovative and trendy as you might expect of the recreational space belonging to Dubai's swanky Design District.
Based behind Dubai Mall and along the D3 waterfront, the park is a brand spanking new community space, featuring all sorts of fun-filled pockets of activity where you can chill while the kids run haywire.
There's a big green space for little ones to run around in, as well as an urban beach for making sand castles, swings (we didn't see any baby swings though), climbing frames, hammocks, plus the endless entertainment of boats and ferries passing by on the canal.
Bigger kids and teens will absolutely love the fantastic climbing wall and skate park, as well as the table tennis tables, basketball and volleyball courts. Music pumping out of speakers sets an urban-jungle vibe, while we were rather taken with the seating areas and the fact that it's so close to cool cafes and eateries of D3.
It's only just opened up, so if you haven't yet checked out the Design District yet, this is a good reason to pop down there with the family of a weekend.
Be warned though: there's not a huge amount of shade for little ones, so bring sunblock and hats, or aim for an early morning/ evening visit.
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