An aerial view of Jubail Mangrove Park
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Jubail Mangrove Park: know before you go

Perhaps unexpectedly for some visitors, Abu Dhabi is known for its mangroves. The thick plants hugging the coast are home to wildlife, including turtles, herons and flamingos. Kayaking through the mangroves is already a popular activity for travellers to the emirate, and the opening of Jubail Mangrove Park has made Abu Dhabi’s mangroves accessible to everywhere.

As well as having an educational component, Jabail Mangrove Park is the perfect setting for a leisurely walk through nature. Meandering boardwalks allow visitors to wander through the mangroves, taking photos and spotting marine life and birds. It’s a family-friendly outing and there are a range of activities at the park. If you’re visiting Abu Dhabi, Jabail Mangrove Park is well worth a visit to see a different side to the emirate, away from the busy city and stark desert.

The boardwalk over the water at Jubail Mangrove Park

Best time to visit Jubail Mangrove Park

The park is open daily from 7am, with the last entry at 9pm. It closes at 10pm. Please note that these times may change for Ramadan and other major festivals so check the website before you go.

The best time to visit depends largely on the tides. A visit during high tide will give guests water views. Those visiting during low tide may find the attraction dry. For more information on the tides, see the forecast here.

How to get to Jubail Mangrove Park

Jubail Mangrove Park is on Abu Dhabi's Al Jubail Island. It takes about 25 minutes to drive there from Abu Dhabi International Airport and less than half an hour from Yas Island, Reem Island and Al Khalidiya. It is about an hour’s drive from drive from Dubai Marina.

Free parking is available on the site.

Mangroves at high tide near Jubail Island

Pricing and tickets

Entry is AED 15 for adults and AED10 for children over six. This includes general entrance to the park and three different boardwalk routes. Children aged 6 and under go free for the boardwalk experience.

There are also walking experiences with a ranger, priced from AED 25. For adventurous guests, there are a range of other activities which need to be booked in advance are have varying prices.

Advance booking through the website is highly recommended as tickets on arrival are not guaranteed. Also do note that there might be a queue to access the boardwalk. Please note that children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult, and an Al Hosn green pass is required to enter the park.

The Boardwalk

The boardwalk at criss-crossing over the water at Jubail Mangrove Park

The main attraction at Jubail Mangrove Park is its boardwalk, which consists of three different routes. The longest one stretches 2km, the mid-range one is 1.6km and the shortest is 1km. said, The longest route can take anywhere between 35 to 90 minutes, depending on how fast visitors walk and whether they stop to engage with the educational elements or take photos.

The boardwalk also has viewing platforms for those who want to take photos or sit down and enjoy the views.

An educational platform at Jubail Mangrove Park

Learning about the ecosystem

As you walk along the boardwalk, there are six educational stations along the boardwalk where visitors can learn more about the ecological impact of the mangroves:

  • The floating platform: A platform with a net through which one can catch a closer glimpse at marine life

  • Power of the sea: A viewing space with greater access to the water

  • Roots of the mangrove: An area dedicated to observing the roots of the trees

  • Viewing tower: Located at the centre of the park for those who want a higher vantage point

  • Salt collector: A node with "water collectors" at different levels that highlight the changing tides

  • Beach tower: A low-level platform that gives visitors a chance to get their feet wet

There are also several rangers in the park, available to answer questions about the park, mangroves and wildlife. Some stay at the stations while others move around the park. You can also choose to do a guided tour with a ranger.

An aerial view of Jubail Mangrove Park

Things to do in Jubail Mangrove Park

Along with walking along the boardwalk, there are a number of activities available at the park. These generally need to be booked in advance through the park’s website and incur an additional coast.

Electric dragon boating

Explore the mangroves in an electric dragon boat. The tour is fully guided and takes about an hour. It’s suitable from ages 3 and up, however those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayaking

Kayaking through the mangroves is a magical experience and there are a number of kayaking options available. If you’re visiting during the day, you can go on a one-hour guided tour of Jubail Mangrove Park in single or double sit-on-top kayaks.

There are also kayaking tours available at sunrise and sunset to see the park with a completely different perspective. These take about an hour and half and shows the park in a magical light.

Or, for a different experience try the 2-hour guided night time tour of Jubail Mangrove Park, and see the wildlife that venture out after dark.

Mangroves in turquoise water

Stand-up paddle boarding

SUP among the mangroves on a 1-hour guided tour. These tours are not suitable for beginners and participants need to be at least 13 years old. All equipment is provided.

Yoga

This is a magical place to do yoga and there are a couple of options for visitors. There is a weekly class on a Saturday night, which is suitable for all levels. Otherwise, if you’re lucky enough to visit during a full moon, try the Full Moon Vinyasa with sound healing.

Just bring your yoga mat along with you.

Meditation

Join a weekly breathing, meditation and movement class on the boardwalk in the early morning. It’s a magical way to start the day and includes a sound healing experience.

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Roxanne de Bruyn

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Roxanne is the founder and editor of Faraway Worlds. She is a freelance writer and guidebook author and has written for several travel publications, including Lonely Planet and The Culture Trip. With a background in communications, she has studied ancient history, comparative religion and international development, and has a particular interest in sustainable tourism.

Originally from South Africa, Roxanne has travelled widely and loves learning the stories of the places she visits. She enjoys cooking, dance and yoga, and usually travels with her husband and young son. She is based in New Zealand.

Last Updated 1 May 2022

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