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History

Umm Al Emarat Park was first opened to visitors in 1982. It is one of the oldest and largest urban parks in Abu Dhabi, centrally located on 15th Street between Airport Road and Karamah Street. The park was originally known as Mushrif Park and entrance was exclusive to ladies and children. Since its opening, the park has been a community hub for generations of Abu Dhabi natives and residents.

In January 2013, Umm Al Emarat Park was closed for redevelopment over a period of 24 months. During this time Al Ain Properties LLC worked closely with an experienced international team of landscape designers, architects and contractors to design and execute a new park with exciting facilities that Abu Dhabis residents can enjoy.

The overall design of the new park honours the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May he rest in peace) and his vision of preserving the United Arab Emirates cultural and natural history. Furthermore, the vision supports the platform for education through recreation for various age groups, opportunities for different community sectors to implement their common goals, promotes an active lifestyle that contributes to a healthy society and encourages the dynamic local culture, heritage and tradition. Sustainability has also been a core focus of the parks design; the projects team took on the challenge of salvaging over 200 existing mature trees that were over 20 years old.

Throughout the construction phase, an extensive community engagement programme was carried out with over 25 key community groups and government agencies, along with over 70 schools. The objective of the initiative, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, was to establish relationships with the community and share with them the parks redevelopment plans. Additionally, a community survey was developed to capture important feedback from Abu Dhabi residents about their views on operations and programming. Umm Al Emarat Park is all about serving the community and what better way than asking the very people who will make it a success! The comments and suggestions received were carefully considered and implemented wherever possible into the design and operations. The communities contribution ensures that there will be something to excite everyone in the park. The park, formerly known as Mushrif Central Park, was opened in March 2015. A year later, the park was renamed Umm Al Emarat Park in honour of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

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