The fun activities don’t stop as temperature rises in Dubai, they just multiply. There are a bunch of indoor things you can get up to during these last of the scorching months and we’ve picked out 36 of our favourites.
Adventure, fun and games
Experience the thrill of flying at iFly in City Centre Mirdif, where you will be put into a vertical wind tunnel that allows you to defy gravity.
Score points by taking down your opponents with high-tech laser weapons, in a Jurassic Park themed arena at Thrill Zone in the Oasis Centre.
Laser Tag – THRILL ZONE. 04 388 3551.
So much more than just a shop for outdoor gear! The Times Square branch has an entire indoor facility called Adventure Zone, filled with fun activities for all ages, from a skate park, to trampolines, to climbing up cables and boulders.
Adventure HQ – Dubai. 04 346 6824.
Ever wanted to know what it would be like to be a Formula One driver? Now you can – by stepping into Xxtreme’s racing simulators at THE Business Atrium in Oud Metha.
Dubai Autodrome Kartdrome
Race your friends around the Kartdrome’s 620 metre long indoor track in, where else, Motor City.
Dubai Autodrome. 04 436 1422.
Show off your jumps, flips and other trampoline tricks at Bounce, the indoor trampoline park in Al Quoz.
Climb your way up one of Dubai’s tallest indoor walls at Rock Republic, Dubai Investment Park, by balancing and grabbing on to the protruding boulders.
Rock Republic – Home | Facebook. 050 100 1370.
Learn what it’s like to be a pilot in iPilot’s flight simulator. You can take off and land at any of over 24,000 airports around the world, all from its base in the Dubai Mall.
iPILOT Dubai. 056 738 7444.
Challenge Chambers, Sunset Mall
The ‘real life Cluedo’. Those who believe they’re the next Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes can put on their thinking caps and use their detective skills to solve the murder mystery. But remember, only once it’s solved can you escape from the locked room.
Challenge Chambers: Real Life Escape Game, Dubai. 050 256 0587.
Dubai Bowling Centre
Go and knock over as many pins as you can. You can block the gutters at this fortress of bowling in Al Quoz if you’re not the best at aiming.
Dubai Bowling Center | Home. 04 339 1010.
Hang out with the cool penguins at the snow park, or take some skiing lessons at the ski slope in Mall of the Emirates.
Tee & Putt
Play some mini golf at either of Tee & Putt’s locations; Glow in the dark golf at WAFI, or the colourful funky one in Arabian Centre.
Tee & Putt Mini Golf: Welcome. 04 357 3290.
Play some indoor sports at InSportz in Al Quoz. Whether you want to play cricket, basketball, football, volleyball, rugby, table tennis, badminton or hockey, they’ve got it covered. They even hold tournaments and leagues that you can sign up for.
InSportz Club. 04 347 5833.
Hamdan Sports Complex
For those who miss swimming some laps, adults can take to the water in the Olympic-standard pool for AED 25.
Hamdan Sports Complex. 04 306 2666.
Dubai Ice Rink
Disco sessions at the ice rink in Dubai Mall with strobe lights and hip-hop music will help you forget the summer heat.
Enjoy life-size indoor arcade games of human foosball and snookball and go to throwback mode and play snakes and ladders.
Kickoff Sports & Amusement Tracks – Home | Facebook. 050 309 1687.
Chillout Ice Lounge
If air conditioning won’t cut it, the Chillout Ice lounge in the Times Square Centre definitely will. Completely made out of ice, this is the coolest place in town, serving the best hot chocolate.
Chillout Dubai – The Middle East’s First Sub Zero Lounge. 04 341 8121.
For the artsy ones
Try out a sewing workshop, and make something out of recycled, repurposed and reused materials at these needle-wielders in Al Quoz.
Come and watch Dubai’s talented performers act it out in Al Quoz.
The Courtyard Playhouse – Performing Arts Training Center. 050 986 1761.
Head on over to Café Ceramique in Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, browse through an extensive range of ceramic items, pick out something to paint and let your creativity flow. But don’t get so occupied with the painting that you forget to eat, as the food comes highly recommended.
Café Céramique – A Taste for Art. 04 344 7331.
Take a trip to the quirky Antique Museum (and shop) in Al Quoz.
Antique Museum – Home | Facebook. 04 347 9935.
Dubai International Finance Centre
Besides all the amazing restaurants, DIFC also has some great galleries to visit, with more than 10 to choose from.
The Jam Jar
Pick a canvas size, unleash your inner Dali and paint whatever comes to mind at this free-thinking creative space in Al Quoz.
thejamjar Dubai – A Community Art Space. 04 341 7303.
A4 space, Alserkal Avenue
For those of us who are always too busy and need to work, take your work to A4 space in Al Quoz while sipping on amazing organic coffee by RAW.
A4 Space – Alserkal Avenue. 050 556 9797.
Take a stroll in the park, while the little ones play on slides, swings, see-saws and trampolines. Yes, Kids Connection is an actual park inside the shopping heaven that is WAFI Mall.
Mothers and daughters can have a ladies day out, by getting pampered at Caboodle in Citywalk or Dubai Mall.
Caboodle | Caboodle | Pamper & Play. 04 325 3367.
VOX’s 4Dx cinema
If watching a movie gets too boring, try living it with 4Dx at Mirdif City Centre and Deira City Centre.
Create your own personalised furry friend in the Dubai Mall, from the namesake bears to ninja turtles and Finding Nemo characters.
Welcome to Build A Bear. 04 325 3114.
Have a bite at Bystro
There’s a kids corner with toys and books to keep them occupied while you devour the delicious food at this kid-friendly café in Al Manara.
Bystro – Home | Facebook. 04 336 8056.
The name says it all. Bookworms can come grab a book, grab a bite, and stay for as long as they want at bibliophile HQ in Al Wasl Road, Al Safa, and Bay Avenue, Business Bay.
Definitely one of the best tea cafés in town. If you’re too lazy to go inside, they’ll deliver it to your car from their locations across Dubai.
L’Atelier des Chefs, Le Meridien Garhoud
Master the art of cooking and learn how to make some delicious dishes at L’Atelier des Chefs. Whether you want to learn how to make fresh pasta, juicy burgers, the perfect steak, delicious macaroons, or simply chocolate, they have it all.
L’atelier des Chefs Dubai – Home | Facebook. 04 702 2604.
Claw Crabshack and Grill
Besides having delicious American food, there is also a mechanical bull for everyone to ride on at this fun laidback diner in Souk Al Bahar.
CLAW BBQ | American Barbecue and Seafood Restaurant. 04 432 2300.
Why should humans have all the fun?
My Second Home
Take your pet dogs to the world’s largest indoor dog park in Dubai Investment Park. Entry is AED 50 for one dog and owner.
My Second Home | Dubai Luxury Pet Resort and Spa. 04 881 8002.
Stock up on pet supplies and visit the adorable animals at Pet Corner in Motor City and the Green Community.
Pet Corner. 04 447 3215.
Offer your services looking after man’s best friend while they search for a home.
K9 Friends. 04 887 87 39.
All information correct at time of going to press, but check with the individual venues.