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 Fridays) the canal has artistic bridges, a colourful waterfall and an extremely serene vibe.
Open 24 hours.
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-10pm weekdays and 11pm Thursday-Saturday. 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.
Open from 4pm-11pm Saturday to Thursday, midnight Friday. AED 65 per person and kids under three go free. 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 are Last Exit food stops for drivers on both sides of the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway and at The Yard at Al Khawaneej, where there’s a 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.
For locations, check 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. Situated on top of the Galleria Mall, the Vox Outdoor Cinema provides a luxury movie-watching experience with a spectacular view of the city. The vibe is dialled to fancy level chill with a floor full of comfy spectating perches. And, cha-ching, the ticket price includes a picnic pack with delicious sippables and munchables.
Here some more spots to see cinema outside.
Galleria Mall. From AED 137 (AED 158 at weekends), children from AED 90, VIP Couch package AED 316 for two (AED 368 at weekends). Timings from 7.30pm, check scheduling and book on uae.voxcinemas.com.
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 5pm.
Al Barsha Pond Park, Al Barsha 2. 6am-11pm on weekdays, 6am-11.30pm on weekends. 800 900.
Dubai Miracle Garden
You still have time to see the record-breaking Mickey Mouse at Dubai’s Miracle Garden. Disney’s first character floral display in the Middle East 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.
Dubai Miracle Garden, Al Barsha South 3. 9am-9pm weekdays and 9am-11pm Friday and Saturday. AED 50 for adults, AED 40 for children aged three to 12. Under twos and people with disabilities go free. www.dubaimiraclegarden.com
Observation decks at the Burj Khalifa welcome visitors from 5.30am every Friday and Saturday during the winter.
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.
5.30am-8am. Adult tickets from AED 141 at www.burjkhalifa.ae.
Farmers’ Market on the Terrace
Local farmers market gather in the park behind Executive Towers, Business Bay every weekend. Treat yourself to their organic fruit, vegetables, meat, and eggs at very reasonable prices, grab breakfast from Baker & Spice, then flop down under shady palm trees and watch the shoppers go by.
From 8am-1pm, behind Executive Towers, Business Bay 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 take place outdoors around the emirate and so wind down for the season when it gets too hot. To find the nearest and book a table, or plan your bargain hunting, read our ever-so-useful guide.
Locations around Dubai. www.dubai-fleamarket.com