Looks like I’m on my way to visiting and writing about every zoo in the UAE. This weekend we went to the Emirates Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi.
A little background, my 3-year-old absolutely loves animals. That’s the main reason we go around everywhere visiting different zoos. His sweet little face just lights up as soon as we enter the premises. I remember when he was smaller he showed no fear of them at all. He would get as close as he can to try to touch them or feed them even if they look scary to me (fear is subjective isn’t it?) but during this particular trip I can feel that there was little fear in his eyes when he got too close to some of them. I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing it just makes me realize that he’s losing a bit of his childhood innocence. The one where he thinks everyone and everything in this world is safe and that nothing in this world can harm him. This makes me feel a bit sad because my first baby is growing up.
Emirates Park Zoo is not as big as compared to Al Ain Zoo, the animals here are in smaller quarters and closer to each other. which means there was less walking for me.
Another milestone I should note for my future reference is, my baby Aden is getting more comfortable in his stroller now. Up until now he always wanted to be carried by me (and only me) around. But lately, he doesn’t mind staying in his stroller with a soft toy or something to play with or even being carried by daddy. (They’re growing up soooooo fast!!!)
Aside from the small area to walk on at the Emirates Zoo, I also liked how they divided the area into aquatic animals, predators, amphibians, etc. it made it easy for us to visit each area and move around in an organized way. I was excited to find out that the zoo also offers guests to rent a chalet you can stay overnight or longer. I initially loved this idea because let’s face it, how cool would it be to sleep in the zoo with all the animals just outside your door. My Adrian would be over the moon about this. But my husband brought it to my attention that it might not smell so good inside and outside the room because of all the animals outside. The animal enclosures are literally just outside the hotel room doors the smell of their manure will surely travel far and wide. Around the zoo there are also a number of mini restaurants you can relax and have a seat at. I like this very much because it enabled me to sit and rest my feet while Adrian ogled and talked to some of the animals. With the other zoos we’ve visited there are very limited seating that it’s always full of people resting their weary feet because of all the walking. I specifically loved one that was named “Giraffe Cafe” which has a big open window to the giraffe enclosure that enables them to poke their heads in and eat out of our plates or you can also feed them some leaves you can buy at the front entrance to feed the giraffes.
What I originally wanted to write about on 18 February 2013 was our trip to the Farm last weekend but got side tracked when I did some research about my #sigelang slogan. (I must have undiagnosed ADD or some form of it…)
anyway, here is what it was suppose to be about
We brought the boys to a Farm in Sharjah inside the Sharjah Desert Park last weekend. For those of you afraid to drive to Sharjah (like we were) there is an alternative route to get to the farm without passing through the city. If anybody is from Sharjah I’m truly sorry but traffic in your area tends to be THE topic of conversation whenever the Emirate comes up. Anyway, it was about a 45 minute straight drive from where we lived passing through the E611(Dubai by-pass road) and then E88 (Al Daid road).
We came early, just as it has opened so it wasn’t crowded. A nice change from all the mall in Dubai.
The area itself is divided into 3 the Children’s Farm, Arabia’s Wildlife Centre, and Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden. The Wildlife Centre and the National Museum are both indoors so after walking around and seeing all the animals you don’t end up sticky and sweaty like when you go to the actual zoo. Arnie and I agree that this place is great to visit even in the summer when it’s really hot outside and we’re craving for some kind of outdoor activity.
The Children’s farm was great! Adrian loved every minute of it! He said “Hi!” to all the animals and fed them hay which was provided for and free! We think that the animals are so used to humans that when you approach their enclosure they even go up to where you are…so close that you can touch them and of course feed them. This alone got my vote as one of the top places to take your child in the UAE.
The Wildlife Centre did not allow any cameras inside so this is the only picture we have of it…but imagine seeing the animals in their natural habitat behind glass and you are in a AC building now isn’t that just great?
The Botanical Gardens were also ineresting since they mixed it up with science projects that you can play with and learn something. So, I think bringing the kids back here again when they’re a bit older will be great because they will be able to pick up something else.
All in all I think it’s a gem! In this country where malls are abound there are places like this that enables you to go outdoors (my definition) and bond with your family…
2 thumbs up from this happy mommy!
Check out the website to learn more http://www.sharjahtourism.ae/en/heritage/museums/sharjah-desert-park