On a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populated city in the United Arab Emirates. It is also the capital of Abu Dhabi emirate, the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates.
One of the oldest and largest parks in Abu Dhabi, Mushrif Central Park, first opened in 1982, with exclusive access to women and children.
In January 2013, the park closed to undergo an extensive 18-24 month $48m refurbishment project. According to their website, “the design of the new Mushrif Central Park respects local tradition, while capturing the dynamic nature and heritage of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates”.
With a focus on sustainability, the park will re-open early 2015, re-launching as the ‘People’s Park’. Some of the new features of the park include a children's zoo, a children's garden with play areas and a performing arts venue.