Complete Guide to Exploring Jubail Mangrove Park Abu Dhabi

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

A serene sanctuary on the outskirts of the capital

A fabulous addition to Abu Dhabi’s outdoor attraction lineup, the 19-square-kilometre nature park on the outskirts of the city provides visitors with a unique opportunity to engage with the city’s vital mangrove habitats.

From a series of raised boardwalk paths, visitors are invited to spot a wide array of marine wildlife, from turtles to herons and gazelles, which are called the mangroves home.

What to Expect At Jubail Mangrove Park

This unique, family-oriented mangrove park is designed to increase awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the crucial ecological role played by the city’s mangrove ecosystems.

These habitats are vital for supporting biodiversity and safeguarding the Abu Dhabi coastline, in addition to their role in combating climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which are then stored in their waterlogged soils for thousands of years.

mangrove boardwlak on jubail island in abu dhabi

Jubail Mangrove Park is privately owned rather than a national park but is open to the public year-round for a small fee. It stands as the emirate’s premier destination combining education, nature, and leisure in one place.

Jubail Boardwalk

This serene urban escape offers visitors three different boardwalk routes through the mangroves; the shortest loop is just 1 kilometre, ideal for little legs.

For those wanting a longer stroll, you can opt for the 1.6-kilometre and 2-kilometre loops. Depending on how much you want to look at and stop along the way, the longer route takes 30 minutes to 90 minutes to complete.

Hide in Jubail mangroves

Several rest nodes are conveniently placed along each route, along with viewing platforms and informational signage. An experience not to be rushed; take your time, relax and enjoy one of Abu Dhabi’s most unique new experiences.

We’d encourage visitors to see the park at both high tide and low tide. Whilst it does look much prettier when the tide is high, and the azure waters are flowing beneath your feet, low tide provides many interesting opportunities, too. See the crustaceans and marine life that live beneath the mangroves, which are often more interesting experiences for the little ones.

Trained rangers will be on hand to assist you on your journey around the park with history and wildlife information, or better yet, join a guided tour to learn more about marine life.


Jubail Mangrove Park Tickets

Originally free to the public when it first opened in January 2020, there is now a small service charge to enter the park and use the boardwalk. Tickets can be purchased online here or at the venue.

  • Adults (7 years+) 15 AED
  • Children 3 to 6 years old 5 AED
  • Under 3’s and People of Determination Free
  • The boardwalk fee is waived when taking part in other activities (see more below!)

Enquiries can be directed to 056 303 2423.

ticket office and cafe at Jubail Mangrove park

Jubail Mangrove Park Timing

The park is open daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, year-round.

Sunset can be an excellent time of day to enjoy the park as the day cools.

We would strongly recommend against trying to tackle the boardwalk in the middle of the day during the hottest summer months, broadly from May to October.

Jubail Island mangroves

Other Activities At Jubail Mangrove Park

In addition to the boardwalk, you will also find a coffee shop, information centre and washroom facilities aty Jubail Mangrove Park.

New additions to Jubail Mangrove Park since opening (which we would recommend pre-booking) include;

  • A 20-minute scenic tour of the mangroves by an eco-friendly electric car (AED 30 – includes your boardwalk entrance)
  • Jubail Boardwalk Experience with a Ranger (Kids AED 40/ Adults AED 50)
  • Sunset Cycling – a spinning exercise class beside the Mangroves (AED 136 per person)
  • Kayak Tours – Daytime, sunrise and special night glow options (Kids 3-12 AED 110/Adults AED 140)
  • Electric Dragonboat tours – hop aboard for a 1-hour experience through the Mangroves, suitable for children three and up (Kids 3-12 AED 100/Adults AED 110)

You can learn more about these additional activities and book them online here (noting some require a minimum number of participants before the activity will go ahead).

There also used to be a glamping Pura Eco Retreat located adjacent to the Mangrove Park on Jubail Island. This looks to have closed as of Winter 2023/24.


Where to Find Jubail Mangrove Park

You will find the park on Al Jubail Island, just off the E12 Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Highway. Coming from Dubai direction, the exit is signposted, after Yas Island and just before Saadiyat Island; it is around a 60-minute journey from Dubai Marina.

From Abu Dhabi city, Jubail Island is just after you pass Saadiyat Island. Look for a small slip lane on your right that will take you back under the freeway to where the park is located on the island’s northeast.

There is free parking and an electric vehicle charging station.

You can also use the free Visit Abu Dhabi shuttle bus (Route D: Yas to Saadiyat) to access the park, though be mindful of the infrequent timing of services; you may need a taxi or ride share to pick you up later.

It is important to note that Jubail Mangrove Park is different from the Mangrove National Park Abu Dhabi. The latter is found off the eastern coast of Abu Dhabi island, adjacent to the area known as Eastern Mangroves – as marked on the map above.

You will find no boardwalk in the national park, but the mangroves are accessible by kayak and small motorised eco crafts.

Both are fascinating places to connect with nature close to the city.

More FAQs and Things to Know Visiting Jubail Mangrove Park

Can I take photos at Jubail Mangrove Park?

Happy snaps with your own personal camera or phone, absolutely! This place is a photographer’s delight, no matter your skill level!

Those wanting to do professional photography or arrange personal photo shoots, however, must apply for permission from management in advance. This can be initiated via an online form here or contact mangrove@jia.ae for further information. There is an AED 200 application fee.

Is it possible to swim in the mangroves?

No, visitors are requested to stick the the designated pathways at all times and not enter the water or disturb the marine life in any way.

Can kids use scooters on the Jubail Mangroves boardwalk?

No, the only wheeled items allowed on the boardwalk are strollers, wheelchairs and medically necessary walking aids. Kids cannot bring their scooters or bikes into the mangrove park.

Can you eat on the Jubail mangroves boardwalk?

No, guests are kindly asked not to bring any food and drinks into the mangrove park. You can grab snacks and meals before or after your walk at the cafeteria attached to the visitor centre.

What should I wear to Jubail Mangrove Park?

The dress code for Jubail Mangrove Park is respectful clothing. This is a step up from what you’d wear around a beach resort, but not as extreme as what you’d need to wear to the Grand Mosque. Follow the sensible rule of thumb: knees and shoulders covered, and you’ll be fine – we have more Abu Dhabi dress code advice over here.

We’d also suggest you wear comfortable, flat-soled shoes on the boardwalks.

Do I need to pre-book Jubail Mangrove Park?

If you are partaking in any of the group activities, we strongly recommend you book ahead, especially those that require a minimum number to run. For the Boardwalk, you shouldn’t have an issue turning up and buying tickets on the spot (but do note that weekend evenings are the busiest time, particularly if it coincides with high tide).

Can I bring my own kayaks to Jubail Mangrove Park?

No, only licensed operators conducting tours can launch kayaks from this location. You can learn more about kayaking in Abu Dhabi over here.


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