Soaking up fun in public parks on Eid

DUBAI — Yaser Al Khuzaei and his family travelled from Bahrain to Dubai for the Eid Al Adha holidays and thought they may have found one of the most perfect places in Dubai yesterday.

By Zoe Sinclair (Our staff reporter)

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Published: Thu 20 Dec 2007, 9:32 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:20 AM

With one of his four boys perched on a bridge above the lake at Safa Park, the family gathered around to enjoy their time together.

“We came to discover new recreational areas and we found lots of nice parks here,” Al Khuzaei said.

“We like this garden and also the Mall of the Emirates and Musharraf Park where the kids enjoyed the swimming pool.”

Arun Kani and his family had also had a busy day after travelling from Sharjah and visiting the zoo in the morning. “We saw the gorilla and then we came to the park,” Kani said.

“We wanted to see new places.”

To keep everyone cool, the ice cream man peddling around the park was doing a roaring trade - with chocolate and vanilla the favourites, he said.

Noble Thomas’ group had plenty to do keeping themselves entertained with three legged races, lemon and spoon races and an unusual set up with buns hanging from pieces of string tied between two trees.

“We used to play this as kids,” Thomas said.

“The kids have to keep their hands behind their backs and jump up and catch the buns in their mouths.

“We might have a candle race later but it could be a bit too breezy.”

Meanwhile Abdul Monem had also travelled from Sharjah with his family and his brother’s family while his brother completed Haj.

“This day is always happy and here there is everything for everyone,” he said.

“There was no traffic, nothing.”

Linka Osuska was not marking Eid but still she and her young child soaked up the fun atmosphere along with friends Mohammed Moaz and his family.

Victor Francis had been visiting the park almost every year with his friends and family. “We planned to bring food and have a picnic,” he said.

“It’s most comfortable, family environment and less crowded.”

Mohammed Suleiman’s family and Irsan Febryanto and his friends were looking forward to lighting up a barbecue in the park.

“Tomorrow it’s back to work for some or maybe the beach,” Febryanto said. “But for now it’s just relaxing.”

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