16 things to do in Dubai when it’s too hot to be outside

Escape Quest
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

Anantara Spa
Following a stylish revamp last year, this lavish two-storey spa features palatial hammam facilities – think marble floors, trickling fountains and brightly coloured mosaics – for men, women and couples.
Treatment to try: Turkish Hammam Body Escape. 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. 90 minutes, AED800.
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort & Spa
Contact: +971 4 567 8140, website

Mint Leaf of London Ladies Night
Ladies can enjoy three complimentary drinks, live entertainment and a 30 percent discount on all of its incredible menu items. The Lahori murgh tikka is one of the many must-trys. Now, that you’re sold on the night, remember to get there early because it fills up pretty fast.
When: 7pm-11pm, every Monday
Where: Emirates Financial Towers
Contact: +971 4 706 0900, 

‘Underwater’ yoga in The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Practicing breathing exercises surrounded by 65,000 sea creatures is a calming way to start the day. Atlantis now run ‘underwater’ yoga classes every Tuesday and Friday, offering you the chance to practice Hatha Yoga in The Lost Chambers Aquarium.
When: 8am-9am, every Tuesday and Friday
Where: The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis

Platinum Suites
Go to the cinema with a bit of luxury – relax on a reclining sofa, order food from your butler with the call bell and enjoy full VIP service.  Films showing at the moment include Atomic Blonde and Dunkirk.
Where: The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall

Jukebox Brunch
Following the tremendous success of its Friday brunch (it’s so good, it won our ShortList Best New Brunch award) the venue has decided to launch yet another brunch! This one is on Wednesdays from 8pm-11pm. Much like its Friday feast, it offers three magical hours of food and drink, along with plenty of karaoke. Unlike its Friday offering, guests can belt out karaoke songs with the rest of the crowd. If you’re shy, don’t worry, you can still rent out their private pods or just sing along on a massive inflatable mic.
When: 8pm – 11pm, every Wednesday from July 12
Where: Lucky Voice Dubai, Grand Millennium Hotel
Price: From AED150
Contact: 800 58259, 

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

Dubai Summer Surprises
Dubai’s malls are packed full of sales until August 12 with Dubai Summer Surprises. If you haven’t already checked out the shops, you’ll find plenty of sales and offers, as well as competitions and an event line-up.
Where: Malls across Dubai

Maki Mondays
Sushi fans can look forward to a raw deal in the best possible sense every Monday at Waka. Between 8pm and 10pm, diners can enjoy unlimited maki rolls and a glass of something for AED150 per person. The Latin-American-flavoured Japanese restaurant serves up the likes of the Cusco, the crispy quinoa coated seabass, and the Abura, featuring tuna, prawn tempura and avocado.
When: Available Mondays between 8pm and 10pm
Where: Waka Restaurant & Bar, The Oberoi Hotel, Dubai
Contact: +9714 444 1455

Bespoke Ride
The highlight of this exclusive personal training facility is the indoor cycling studio. Those training for a big road race or triathlon will find it an accurate simulation of the real thing, replicating the feeling of riding in a group, with a screen showing your position. It’s also a great place to meet other cycling enthusiasts, with a coffee shop on the ground floor for the all-important after race debrief.
Where: Bespoke Ride, Al Quoz
Contact: website

Memoirs of a Geisha ladies night OKKU
Ladies are treated to four hours of free-flowing drinks and back-to-back tracks spun by resident DJ Rafael every Tuesday. There’s also a 10-course tasting menu that features a number of the venue’s signature dishes for just AED189 per pair sharing. If you don’t fancy eating in the lounge area, you can enjoy your meal in the restaurant, just be sure to make a booking.
When: 7pm –11pm, every Tuesday
Contact: +971 4 501 8777, 

Dubai Aquarium
If you haven’t seen King Croc yet, summer is the perfect time. At a whopping 750kg and measuring over five metres in length, King Croc is one of the largest in the world and despite being 40-years-old, he’s still growing.
Contact: +9714 448 5200,

The Mexican haunt has created a special menu to celebrate the last few weeks of summer. For just AED100, guests can enjoy a number of starters that includes beef, chicken and fish tacos. For mains, guests can chose between one of the three mains; Mexican fajitas, catch of the day or roasted chicken served with three chilli mole sauce. There’s dessert too – we recommend the churros – and live entertainment – the in-house DJ will be spinning a number of upbeat tunes.
When: Sunday to Thursday
Where: Tortuga, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam,Madinat Jumeirah
Contact: +971 4 301 7600 or email 

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, 

Bounce Dubai
As well as all the trampolines there’s a new area for you to practice parkour. X-Park Adventure Challenge Course features 20 different obstacles (including zip-lining, a sea of poles and wall climbing) that aim to test your strength and agility.
Where: Bounce Dubai
Contact: +971 4 3211 400, 

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
Contact:  website

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