You can’t fight the moonlight, or so the song goes. Equally the approaching summer heat cannot be stalled, so don’t dread it, check out our list of things to do and go enjoy them while the weather is still pleasant.
A walk by Dubai Water Canal
If you haven’t already visited Dubai Water Canal, then make time to stop by and take some snaps. A short walk from Business Bay Metro, (or there is parking underneath the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge, which is free on Saturday) the canal has artistic bridges, a colourful waterfall and an extremely serene vibe.
Open 24 hours.
Yoga by The Beach, JBR
Before the sun makes it impossible to even stand out for more than five minutes, head over to the South Lawns on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings to stretch, bend and relax. Arrive 30 minutes early to book your spot and don’t forget to bring a mat and plenty of water.
Free, 7am-8am / thebeach.ae/StoreDetails/Yoga
Barbecue at Creek Park, Umm Hurair
Now is the best time of year to do some barbecuing and playing outdoor sports with friends and family. You’ll need to bring your own food to grill at spots around the 96-hectare park, plus there are cafes and food stalls for stocking up on snacks.
Between Garhoud and Maktoum bridges. Open 8am -11pm / Entry AED 5 per person/ 04 336 7633
Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Park
Inspired by wonders across the globe, visit this beautiful setup at Zabeel Park at least once before summer arrives to see its bright lights and creative concepts. Bigger than ever, it’s now filled with realistic dinosaurs, live entertainment and a host of food trucks, all awaiting your viewing pleasure until 31st May.
Open from 4pm-12am / AED 60 per person / www.dubaigardenglow.com
Last Exit, Sheikh Zayed Road
Food trucks galore can now be found here there and everywhere around Dubai, thanks to kings of the mobile eatery, Last Exit. There’s nowLast Exit food stops for drivers on both sides of the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway and the offering The Yard at Al Khawaneej is fully-fledged ‘suburban hideaway’ with a cute love-lock bridge, rustic courtyard, walking trails, lake and a picnic area
Although the trucks are drive through and there’s indoor seating, plan a trip now and treat yourself before it gets seriously sticky.
Open 24 hours / lastexit.ae
Movies under the stars
Some great al fresco screens exist in Dubai and when the weather is right, there’s nothing better than cinema by starlight. At the Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, there are bean bags to relax on while Bollywood classics are shown on a giant screen.
Here are some more spots to see cinema outside.
AED 70 (includes popcorn and one beverage), VIP package AED 399. Sundays at 7.30pm. Pyramids Rooftop Gardens – opposite Wafi Mall. 04 324 4100.
Barsha Pond Park
Head to Al Barsha Pond Park before it gets too hot and reboot your fitness levels with a free outdoor workout. Make use of the bouncy 2km jogging track around the perimeter and the colourful park’s complimentary fitness equipment.
Stick about on Saturday evenings for free yoga classes too, from 5.30pm and the Ripe Market’s cornucopia of organic goodness from 12pm-9pm.
Al Barsha Pond Park, Al Barsha 2. 6am-11pm on weekdays, 6am-11.30pm on weekends. 800 900.
Dubai Miracle Garden
You have until the end of April to see the record-breaking Mickey Mouse at Dubai’s Miracle Garden. The record-breaking sculpture is Disney’s first character floral display in the Middle East and is made from almost 100,000 plants and flowers – white petunia, red petunia, white geranium, yellow viola, zinnia marigold and green alternanthera – and weighs almost 35 tons.
More than 100 million flowers in 70 varieties sprout out from cars, houses and even a giant floating tap at Miracle Garden. Getting there is now easier too, as the 105 bus route runs every 20 minutes from Mall of the Emirates. Check wojhati.rta.ae for a full timetable.
Until 30th April. Al Barsha South 3, is open 9am-9pm weekdays and 9am-11pm Friday and Saturday. Admission is AED 45 for adults, AED 35 for children aged three to 12. Under twos and people with disabilities go free.
Observation decks at the Burj Khalifa welcome visitors from 5.30am every Friday and Saturday for a few more weeks,
From an altitude of 465-metres, see Dubai wake up from the unbeatable vantage point of observation decks of Levels 124 and 125. As well as magical views of the emirate At The Top, tickets to the sunrise sessions include a light breakfast at The Café, on comforting normality of the Burj Khalifa’s ground floor.
Adult tickets are AED 125 per person, with children AED 75 each. To book At the Top, Burj Khalifa and At the Top, visit www.burjkhalifa.ae. Tickets can also be purchased from the starting point of the At the Top, Burj Khalifa journey on the lower ground floor of The Dubai Mall. For more information, call 288 438 67.
Train Dubai at Dubai Autodrome
Before going outdoors becomes warmer than a sauna, join Train Dubai for an evening of free cycling, running, walking or rollerblading on the 2.46km floodlit Club Circuit.
Dubai Autodrome, Motorcity. Wednesday, 6pm-9pm. 04 369 7441.
Farmers’ Market on the Terrace
Local farmers market gather in the park behind Executive Towers, Business Bay every Fridays Treat yourself to their organic fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese at very reasonable prices, grab breakfast from Baker & Spice, then flop down under shady palm trees and watch the shoppers go by.
Until May. From 8am, but some farmers arrive at 6am. www.facebook.com/TheFarmersMarketOnTheTerrace
Dubai Flea Market
Make some spends and clear out your closet at the biggest second-hand sale in town. Dubai Flea Markets continue throughout April, but are winding down for the season.
Find the nearest and book a table, or plan your bargain hunting, but don’t forget to read our ever-so useful guide first.