Al Mushrif is a central neighborhood in the city of Abu Dhabi. Made up mostly of villas, it is located in an area between Airport Road and The Beach Road, which extends to Mussafah Bridge. It contains the Al Mushrif Palace and Al Mushrif Children’s Park.
Mushrif Central Park was first opened to visitors in 1982. It is one of the oldest and largest urban parks in Abu Dhabi, centrally located on 15th Street between Airport Road and Karamah Street. The park was originally known as Mushrif Park and entrance was exclusive to ladies and children. Since its opening, the park has been a community hub for generations of Abu Dhabi natives and residents. The new name, Mushrif Central Park was chosen to reflect the park’s positioning at the heart of the community, both geographically and historically.In January 2013, Mushrif Central Park was closed for redevelopment over a period of 24 months. During this time Al Ain Properties LLC worked closely with an experienced international team of landscape designers, architects and contractors to design and execute a new park with exciting facilities that Abu Dhabi’s residents can enjoy. To learn more about these state-of-art attractions. The overall design of the new park honours the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May he rest in peace) and his vision of preserving the United Arab Emirates’ cultural and natural history. Furthermore, the vision supports the platform for ‘education through recreation’ for various age groups, opportunities for different community sectors to implement their common goals, promotes an active lifestyle that contributes to a healthy society and encourages the dynamic local culture, heritage and tradition. Sustainability has also been a core focus of the park’s design; the projects team took on the challenge of salvaging over 200 existing mature trees that were over 20 years old.
Throughout the construction phase, an extensive community engagement programme was carried out with over 25 key community groups and government agencies, along with over 70 schools. The objective of the initiative, the first of its kind in Abu Dhabi, was to establish relationships with the community and share with them the park’s redevelopment plans. Additionally, a community survey was developed to capture important feedback from Abu Dhabi residents about their views on operations and programming. Mushrif Central Park is all about serving the community and what better way than asking the very people who will make it a success! The comments and suggestions received were carefully considered and implemented wherever possible into the design and operations. The community’s contribution ensures that there will be something to excite everyone in the park.
Al Mushrif also contains the Women’s Handicrafts Centre, demonstrating practices such as saddu(carpet weaving) and talli (embroidering). It is also home to the Mushrif Mall.Mushrif is the home of many embassies, including the American embassy. The main wedding hall of Abu Dhabi island is also located there. There is a high concentration of schools in Mushrif, including Al Nahda National School, Mushrif KG School, Dhabiyana School, and Hamooda Bin Ali School.