Looking for ways dodge unpleasant rains or the scorching sun? We’re here to help you experience the best of Dubai – one indoor activity at a time! Whether it’s pouring rain or blazing hot, our comprehensive list of the best indoor activities in Dubai will keep you happy all year long.
Best Indoor Activities in Dubai
Ski or snowboard at Ski Dubai
Who says you can’t ski in the desert? In Dubai, anything is possible! Ski Dubai is a 22,500-meter indoor ski resort. The winter-themed attraction is located in The Mall of Emirates, one of the world’s largest shopping malls.
Jump on a chairlift and take in sweeping views of the entire snow park, take a ride on the Giant Ball, fly through air on the Snow Bullet zip line, sip hot chocolate at the Avalanche Cafe, and enjoy the rare opportunity to interact with penguins. The park is equipped with a toboggan run, a freestyle zone with jumps and rails, plus, five ski runs.
Ski Dubai is the perfect place to learn the basics of snowboarding and skiing. Whether you’re taking your fist steps on the slopes as a beginner, or tackling advanced runs, the park is enjoyable for all ages. All necessary gear is available at on the premises, but be sure to bring your own beanie and gloves. If you’re interested in group lessons, it’s best to reserve your spot in advance. (For families planning to visit Ski Dubai, keep in mind that, as a safety precaution, children under 3 years of age are not allowed in the park.)
Ice skate at Dubai Ice Rink
Experience the thrill of ice skating for the first time, or perfect your skills at Dubai’s favorite ice rink, Dubai Ice Rink. Located in the Dubai Mall, this Olympic-sized rink is the largest in the Middle East. Basic sessions give you 105 minutes on the ice. Every night of the week, skate the sounds of an in-house DJ. Freestyle sessions bring you the best of hip-hop, electronic, pop, and even disco! The venue offers skate lessons, birthday parties, and weekly ice skating sessions for the little ones.
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Al Nasr Leisureland
Al Nasr, built on 48 acres, is a complex dedicated to family leisure activities. A major centre for sports and entertainment, Leisureland has a bowling alley, an ice rink, tennis courts, squash courts, a swimming pool, and a full fitness centre. There’s also a performing arts hall that hosts everything from fashion shows and music concerts, to dinners and wedding receptions. Interesting fact – it’s the practice rink for the Dubai Mighty Camels, UAE’s homegrown ice hockey league! The rink is located in Oud Metha, behind the American Hospital in Bur Dubai.
A winter wonderland nestled inside the Galleria at the Hyatt Regency, this ice rink was the first to open in Dubai. Built in the 1980’s, it’s been offering respite from the desert sun ever since.
The Arabian Centre
This ice rink is slightly different than the others in that, well, it’s not actually ice. The rink is made of synthetic ice, which means it’s less cold and less slippery than traditional ice rinks, making it a good choice for young children. Arabian Centre is located near Midriff, on the outskirts of Dubai.
Grab a drink at The Chill Out Lounge made of ice
The Middle East’s first sub-zero lounge, The Chill Out Lounge, offers a unique and amazing ice and light experience. It’s the perfect place to chill, literally. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be offered thermal clothing to help you keep comfortable in the minus six degree lounge. Ice sculptures, tables and chairs made of ice, and illuminated interiors are all a a part of this subzero temperature experience. The lounge serves hot soups, sandwiches, juices, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and a variety of deserts, mock-tails and confectionary items. Be sure to order the famous hot chocolate. The Chill Out Lounge is located in Times Square Center Dubai.
Journey to Southeast Asia at Lao Restaurant:
This Southeast Asian restaurant, located at the far end of the crescent in Palm Jumeirah, is the perfect place to transport your taste buds. Lined with glass walls, the interior of Lao is beautiful. Soak up romantic views of the rain without getting soaked, or escape the unforgiving sun. Favorite dishes include the dumplings, lamb rendang with coconut, kung pow chicken and salmon.
Enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Burj Khalifa
What’s better than a dizzying 360-degree view of the city from the 124th floor of the Burj? The same view while it rains. The sight is breathtaking! After you’ve enjoyed the view, head to the 125th floor bar and cheers with a speciality cocktail amidst another thrilling vantage point.
Fly through the air at BOUNCE, Dubai’s biggest trampoline park
Bounce is the largest trampoline playground in Dubai for adults. Fly through the air and bounce off the walls. From adrenalin junkies and air-sport athletes to kids and moms, everyone loves this place. It’s filled with trampolines, and, to ensure safety, is equipped with circus grade paddings. There’s also a dodgeball court, a giant inflatable airbag, a performance area, and a couple of slam dunk hoops.
Challenge yourself to a fun Live Escape Hunt game
The widely popular online game comes out of the virtual world and into real life! The Escape Hunt is a series of games where people are locked inside rooms, faced with the challenge of finding their key to freedom within one hour by solving a series of puzzles and clues. The Escape Hunt can be played with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 5. Choose your story theme and challenge your mental abilities while having fun!
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Indoor skydive at iFLY
If you’re not quite ready to jump out of a plane – but are intrigued by the idea of sky diving, head to iFLY in City Centre Mirdif. It’s the perfect place for thrill-seekers to experience the closest thing to flying. The famous skydive simulator is suitable for adults and children.
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