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Thursday, 25 April 2013

miss b loves ........ Safa Park, Dubai and a very special café!



I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in a previous post here that we had enjoyed a stroll around the beautiful Safa Park in Dubai but it really does deserve its own post. Home to over 200 species of birds and almost 17000 trees and bushes, the wide open spaces are so peaceful and the grass incredibly healthy and green especially when you consider that Dubai is in the desert!


It's just three dhirams (about 50 pence) to enter and well worth it as there are a range of amenities including barbecue stations, a children's train and rides.  The park is so clean, immaculately maintained with colourful floral displays.....





 ..... water features....



.... and views of the stunning skyline....on the left the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and on the right the two towers of the JW Marriott Marquis, the world's tallest hotel......


Seeing the date palms was a reminder that we were in Dubai (and of course the perfect temperature was a clue too!)...






There's even a soft rubberised jogging track around the park, about 3.5 kilometres long and apparently there's a popular flea market on the first Saturday of the month.

Finally I had read about the new café...The Archive...and it certainly lived up to our expectations.....







We opted for the all day breakfast ....a healthy version.... poached eggs, grilled tomato and avocado. The wholemeal toast and jam both tasted deliciously home-made too.




More than a café, this is a community space with so many interesting and varied events organised.........



.... and it's also a contemporary library focused on art, culture, design ..... specialising in Middle Eastern and North African art literature........



When people think of Dubai it's usually the sun, sand and skyscrapers but there really is much more to this fascinating city!
                 
           
More Dubai posts......... 

Spring in Dubai

Winter sunshine in Dubai

Dubai, old and new

57 comments:

  1. amazed by burj dubai! it so so high!
    i stay here, feel free to follow back <3

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    Sergio,

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  2. i love all of the pretty flowers, but the view might be my favorite part! what a stunning place to visit and relax.
    xoamy
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  3. That park is grand! The palm trees, grass and flowers are so lush. What a delicious breakfast! Theyve incorporated some lovely things in there. Very nice!

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  4. The park looks beautiful as does your breakfast x

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  5. The Archive looks like a great destination. I haven't seen it before. Thanks so much for sharing. I do remember happy times running on the jogging path around the park. Oh and the all day breakfast you've selected looks yum.

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  6. I love to visit Dubai!!! beautiful photos!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  7. What a beautiful park! I would never have guessed that it's in Dubai. And your breakfast looks so delicious.

    LUXESSED

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  8. Gorgeous!! I would have never guessed that was in Dubai. Those flowers are so pretty.

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  9. Such amazimg pictures, looks like a magical place.
    I hope to visit one day!!

    Pia
    pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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  10. this looks amazing...what a treat of a visit! so glad I get to see some of these places through your eyes!

    Thank you
    Rosemary

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  11. everytime you post pics of Dubai, it makes me want to visit more! Hope you are having a great week,
    Barbara

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  12. The park is so charming, and what a great view and shot of the skyline. You always seem to enjoy yourself. I loooove poached eggs as well! Thanks for sharing. xx/Madison :)

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  13. You are so right, when I think of Dubai I do think of sun, sea, sand and skyscrapers, but this side of it looks gorgeous too. I've never seen photos of Dubai with greenery!

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  14. WOOOW!! Dubai is definitely a place to visit! The park is beautiful...
    xoxo
    Patricia

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  15. hello miss b!

    its nice to see your updates and i really certain you had wonderful vacation there!!!
    dubai is incredibly beautiful and i really wish i could there one day!

    xoxo,Meg of Sweet Gala's

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  16. Very pretty! and who told me Dubai was a "desert'?

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  17. Such a lovely park and the water view. You always seem to find the best cafes!! Great photos:) Enjoy your weekend!

    xxleslie

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  18. Miss B, this park looks so peaceful and resting! I just need to be there right now:) Wow! Also, I'm curious to try the Café, seems very cosy and yummy! Kisses dear! xo

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  19. Such an amaizng pics!!! that looks so great!
    kisses pretty!

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  20. You always go to the most wonderful places. Safa Park is gorgeous, and I love all the flowers surrounding it. I think I could stay there for awhile. The eggs, grilled tomoato and avacado looks like a very good breakfast; in fact, that is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast, except I have fried or scrambled eggs. And the Marriott Hotel, WOW, such a grand building.

    I am always inspired by your travels. Now this weekend, I must doing something fun and interesting. :~)

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  21. Again, I have to say--this is one stunning oasis!

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  22. Love Dubai too
    such a modern city.
    Lovely pics you have.

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  23. Gorgeous photos, looks like a great city!

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  24. The architecture is amazing!!
    xo
    Sharon

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  25. Such amazing place!!!
    These pics are just great!
    xxx
    S

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  26. Hello Miss B,

    So nice to meet you!

    I can't get over those gorgeous flower beds; a flash of freshness in those wide open spaces! I have never seen a cafe that offers such a wide variety of activities and amenities! Very mod, I must say, this city in the desert!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Poppy :0

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  27. What a gorgeous place to visit! The flowers and water arw beautiful and your breakfast looks yummy :)
    Thanks for your comment on my blog!
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  28. Amazing park - amazing pictures!! what an experience :)
    Mary x

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  29. Amazing how anything impossible in Dubai. Everything is well maintained and so pretty.

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  30. Wow, this is a side of Dubai I've not seen before, looks amazing! That brekky shot is making me hungry, haha, think it's time for mine... Thanks for sharing!

    Elly @ Caribbean Living

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  31. What a stunning park, B ... simply beautiful! And you're right, it's not what you think of when you think of Dubai ... makes it all the more a place to look forward to sometime! Have a beautiful week! xo ~S

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  32. Definitely my kind of place! x

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  33. Hi dear, you know the best hidden treasures in Dubai! This is amazing, haven't even heard of it before on the usual guided tours so it must be interesting to see something other than architecture and shopping malls. Amazed by the range of florals in the desert! Wishing you a great and productive week ahead hun!

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  34. What beautiful parks....Really great photos! A good friend just moved there with their 3 boys!

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  35. So pretty! I didn't even know this was here so thanks for the tip!

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  37. Ooooh that looks amazing! The food, the flowers, the new café, the activities they have.. everything! Really want to go there now! Thanks for sharing! xx

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  38. the flowers are so gorgeous! great photos

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  39. safa park in spring is amazing!!!!

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  40. Looks so gorgeous! It's definitely someplace I'd love to visit in the coming year!

    xo Mary Jo

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  41. Looks lovely :)


    Edita
    www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk

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  42. Lovely photos! U really make me want to go there! xo Caroline

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  43. Such a nice time, it must have been! And 17000 trees and bushes? Wow! Also, what for a good price, around 50 p to enter! This must be a very beautiful place, I'm eager to go there! Such a coincidence, I wrote your opening quote by Susan Sontag last week!

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  44. I think the first 2 pictures could be London it is amazing how green they ave managed to make their land

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  45. looks like a beautiful place to spend a sunny afternoon, and really cheap. I would never imagine a place like that in spectacular Dubai, and the caffe is very pretty.
    Really jealous about your trip.
    Xxx
    www.city-aholic.com

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  46. Such a pretty place, I love all of the photos
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  47. These pictures look so pretty! Especially jealous of the sunshine and flowers today as it's raining here and predicted to snow! :(

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  48. Hi dear, as much as I like how cut-outs look, I am not brave enough to wear them myself. Thanks for your visit.. Happy Friday Doll!

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  49. This looks like such a peaceful, lush place to hang out and relax. I've been to Dubai but never heard of this place before? Maybe because I was in complete awe with the malls, the cheap petrol, white sandy beachs and the Burj Al Dubai!

    Lovely post. Stunning photos.

    Halima

    xx

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  50. Thank you for all these great comments. I'm pleased to have been able to show a side of Dubai that isn't always included in travel guides and magazines.

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  51. Love the Upcoming Events on the chalkboard and the healthy lunch you had! Fun post.

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  52. This is such a surpise. I thought Dubai is a place full of tall building, sand, and sun. Lovely to see that there is a green park in the middle of the desert. Great pictures dear.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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