Saqr Park in Ras Al Khaimah
The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah – one among the seven in the United Arab Emirates – doesn’t attract hordes of global tourists like its counterparts Dubai & Abu Dhabi. However, this small emirate does possess a number of charming attractions which can definitely provide value for money to the tourists.
Mountains, adventure sports, beautiful beaches, desert safaris and overnight stay at a recreated Bedouin village, ancient forts, and pearl cultivation centers – the list of notable tourist attractions in Ras Al Khaimah is pretty exhaustive. A few days spent here would be well worth it. And another notable & popular attraction here is Saqr Park.
Read on to know everything that you wanted to know about Saqr Park.
The meaning of the word “saqr” in Arabic, is “falcon.” Falconry has been a popular sporting activity in the emirates for a very long time. Today, besides being an item of entertainment, falconry also takes into account things like conserving nature & fauna, preserving a rich cultural heritage, and also promoting inter and intra-community social engagement.
And this is what the Saqr Park – the largest public park of Ras Al Khaimah – celebrates; the relationship between the human & avian species that is several millennia old. People can make the lives of birds more fulfilling here, as also connect up with each other. This park is meant for every community – a reflection of the cultural diversity & inclusiveness of Ras Al Khaimah. Round the year, families & groups of friends head to the park to spend some quality time in the lap of nature.
History of Saqr Park
The park, which was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the ruler of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah from 1948 to 2010, was inaugurated in 1991. Its creation aimed to provide a natural sanctuary in the area. The park is a realization of his dreams of peaceful co-existence of humans & avians and also inter-community bonhomie.
Things to See & Do at the Saqr Park
Go for Boating
The wonderfully constructed artificial lake at the park contains a waterfall and offers exciting options for boating. Take a pedal boat on rent and sail lazily along the calm waters with friends/family, admiring the greenery of the park.
Laze Around in the Land of the Garden
This is a soothing garden filled with signature Middle East date palm trees. It allows for a lot of shade. Relax on the hammock with a book or simply soak in the greenery all around. It is the perfect place to give some rest to your tired muscles.
Enjoy Family Picnics with Some Barbecue
What’s a gathering of friends/family without lip-smacking food? The designated barbecue spot in the park is where you let the “Michelin-star chef” in you come out! Fire up the grill for some sizzling delights as the others in the group laze around & the kids have a wonderful time playing. Those cards and board games would come in handy for making your picnic an even more enjoyable affair! The kids can also make use of the long trails in the park by cycling along them.
Children’s Play Area & Arcade
A lot of games & related entertainment activities await the kids in your group in the arcade inside the park. Ferris Wheel, bumper cars, merry-go-rounds, electronic games, roller coasters, carousels – and these are just some of the options! Needless to say, the kids won’t notice the hours go by as they have a most rollicking time in the arcade. And this allows you to have some relaxing time under the shades!
Explore the Skatepark
This is a recent addition in the park – but it is already climbing up the popularity charts. Located within the Ghaff tree reserve, the skating arena comes with multiple obstacles like pyramids, ledges, round rails, and more to challenge keen skaters. Go for it if you are a skating enthusiast. You are bound to have a thrilling time here.
And finally, if you are feeling those hunger pangs, then do head for the small food kiosks inside the park. Light snacks & coffee are available to satiate those pangs.
Facilities Available at Saqr Park
- Ample parking spaces
- Mosque with separate praying area for ladies
- Cabanas & benches
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the location of Saqr Park?
The park is located near the E18 intersection on Airport Road. It is very close to the main city. You can reach the park very easily by taking a cab or a self-driven hired vehicle.
- What are the entry fees to the park?
You would have to pay a fee of AED 10 per head to enter the park.
- The park is open from what time to what time?
You can enter the park anytime between 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 midnight.