If you and your crew need a respite from all the activity of bustling downtown Dubai, a visit to Safa Park is just the tonic. With the addition of the visionary Archive and a delicious cafe to its acres of grasslands and shady palm trees, this park is the newest hot spot in Dubai.
Nestled in the lush greenery of Safa Park, The Archive is a library, work space, and cafe set in a revamped building that fuses Arabic and contemporary architecture. Dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African art and literature, it aims to promote a diverse and active cultural community, making it your go-to place if you and your friends are interested in art, culture, design, and literature or want to engage in some intellectual dialogue during your visit.
Armed with the promise of stimulating discussion, peruse the rows of the Archive’s sleek black bookcase before taking a book to the espresso bar. Plant yourself on a high stool by the communal workbench and chat with your friends while you take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and laptop charging points. Sip a coffee or juice and casually chat about what you’ve learned over the quiet sound of jazz playing in the background.
If all that creativity and intellectual stimulation leaves you peckish, migrate to the shaded tables outside on the terrace and sample off the all-day breakfast menu, which offers traditional American and Emirati dishes, from eggs Benedict to balaleet, a sweet pasta served in a saffron omelette.
Expand your horizons through enlightening discussion and interactions with local Emirati as you explore the beautiful landscape of Safa Park and its yoga and dance classes, live music, book clubs, artist gatherings, and terrific food.