12 things to do in Dubai when it’s too hot to be outside
The double story park is home to three great virtual experiences; Dubai Drone, Ape X and John Wick Chronicles. Our favourite being "Dubai Drone". Set in 2050, the ride is based around a taxi journey in the sky. The only issue is, the sky is full of traffic and your taxi spins out of control – great fun.
Where: The Dubai Mall
Price: From AED45
Ladies Night at Lucky Voice
Ladies receive four complimentary drinks and 20 percent off dining every single Saturday! Hip-Hop fans will love the back to back tracks from 8pm to 11pm, while RnB lovers will love their club classics that play from 11pm to 3am.
When: 8pm-3am, Saturday
Where: Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Hotel Barsha Heights
Contact: 800 58259, website
Ski Dubai, is of course the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and since it opened in 2005 has been offering residents and tourists one of the most unique experiences in the region. It features a number of ski slopes, a ski school and opportunities to get up close and personal with real life penguins.
When: 10am-11pm, Sunday-Wednesday; 10am-12am on Thursdays, 9am-12am on Fridays, 9am-11pm on Saturdays
Where: Mall of the Emirates
Price: From AED250
You have 60 minutes to escape a locked room called the “Explorers' Library” armed with nothing but your wits and a couple of partners. Can you get out in time? Available for groups from two to five.
Where: Floor 20, HDS Business Centre, Cluster M, JLT
Contact: +971 4 332 7777, website
The lavish two-storey spa features palatial hammam facilities – think marble floors, trickling fountains and brightly coloured mosaics – for men, women and couples. We recommend the Turkish hammam body escape treatment. After a steam and skin-renewing scrub with a kese mitt, your skin will be slathered in dollops of shea butter enriched with Argan oil. Its AED800 for 90 minutes.
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort & Spa
Contact: +971 4 567 8140, website
Ladies Night at Tribeca
Tribeca is a hop, skip and a jump from Double Tree by Hilton in JBR. Their Queen Bee ladies night offers free bubbly and house beverages from 8pm until 1.30am.
When: 8pm-1.30am, Wednesday
Where: Ocean View Hotel, JBR
Contact: +971 50 345 6067, website
IMG Worlds of Adventure
At a staggering 1.5 million square feet (that's around 28 football pitches), it is the world’s biggest indoor theme park – and it’s fully air-conditioned. The rollercoasters and attractions include “Predator”, which is a sheer drop of over 90 degrees and the white-knuckle “The Velociraptor”, which is 0-100 in 2.5 seconds.“Thor Thunder Spin” allows guests to battle Loki alongside Thor on a crazy floorless ride through fog, water and fountains.
Where: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Contact: 600 500 962, website
Dubai’s first and only revolving restaurant will have you spinning around quite literally. Indulge in dishes like slow baked US ribs and teriyaki salmon steak whilst the ever changing scenery provides the night’s entertainment. Not recommended for those who have a fear of heights or are prone to motion sickness.
Where: Al Dawaar In Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira
Contact: +9714 317 2221, website
Brain Game Dubai
As its name suggests, this game requires you to tap into your inner genius to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and logical problems. You can choose between a number of challenges that include Prison Madness, Orient Express and more. In each, you have just 60 minutes to solve the task at hand. The special effects and attention to detail give the experience a very real feel.
Where: Kanoo Group Building, Karama
Contact: +971 4 396 1556, website
Brunch at Axe House
Replacing JLT hotspot Cocktail Kitchen, this craft hops bar's Friday brunch boasts a mixed beverage pop-up bar, a monthly changing menu and a sharing concept of fresh market dishes. While you dig into tasty platters – think dishes such as jerk chicken wings, Halloumi churros, lamb kebabs and mackerel pate, all of which is served to your table – the resident DJ will be spinning the feel good beats. For dessert, there are sweet treats like berry Eton mess, sticky toffee pudding and apple and cinnamon crumble. We like.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Axe House, Armada Blue Bay
Price: From AED250
Contact: +971 4 399 9577, website
Hamdan Sports Complex
Serious athletes, length lovers and exercise enthusiasts, this is one for you. The indoor swimming pool at Hamdan Sports Complex is huge – 50 metres to be precise – and is open for public use, competitions, and events. Check schedule for public swimming times.
Where: Hamdan Sports Complex, Global Village, Emirates Road
Brunch at Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR
You can't go wrong with the unlimited amount of premium bar grub this place serves. It has four rounds of food, starting with deep-fried delights, followed by a mozzarella-topped flat bread, a seafood round, and a wealth of ice-cream, brownies and cheesecake to finish things off. Oh, and there's unlimited house beverages to be had, too.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Rixos Premium, JBR
Price: AED269 with soft drinks; AED369 with house beverages
Contact: +971 4 392 7120, website
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