Are you thinking about what to do in Dubai? Ooh, wait! It’s blazing hot outside and the sun is determined to melt you once you step outside. But you want to have fun! The idea of spending a day with just books, television or internet may not impress you. The scorching heat cannot restrain the social butterfly in you to stay at home doing nothing. To overcome the boredom, you can try out some indoor activities in Dubai. We have featured 10 indoor activities you can enjoy with your families in Dubai. Get ready to experience a memorable day by taking an expedition on any of these Dubai indoor attractions.
Dubai Sports World
Summer is worst in Dubai and you are forced to leave all the sporty activities. Luckily, Dubai is bestowed with Dubai Sports World which is a huge and free arena, even it has free to use gym equipment. Open all summer until September 2, this air-conditioned fitness space will be a retreat for you. The Dubai Sports World facilitates a cycling studio, a gym (free to use), five-a-side footie pitches, badminton courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, a cricket pitch, ping pong tables, a 500m running track and a wrestling ring. There is also a ‘Ninja Warrior’ course, and a mini trampoline park to enjoy bouncing. You can see that there is something for everyone. If you count on to hone your skills, you can join some team or academy. Nearby parking facilities include both paid parking in the multistory car park of Sheikh Rashid Hall and free parking within walking distance. Moreover, it’s just a short walk from the Dubai World Trade Centre metro station. As already said, there is no entry fee, but some facilities are paid. You can book pitches online beforehand and the price depends on the sports. If you plan to work out before or after work, there are changing rooms and shower amenities. This place is not only for the adults, even your little ones get occupied here.
A habitat for dolphins and seals, where you can visit and have a fantastic family experience. Dubai Dolphinarium spread over 54000 sq. ft. with around 1250 seating capacity is the first fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium in the Middle East. It’s home to 6 famous bottlenose dolphins, a herd of Fur Seals and over 20 species of exotic parrots. The air-conditioned facility allows you to visit even on hottest days and comfortably spend some time in this Dolphinarium. If you are planning a visit, then these are the things you can experience here: Dolphin and Seal Show, Creek Park Exotic Bird Show, Swim with Dolphins, Trainer for a Day, Mirror Maze, 5D/7D Cinematic Experience, Virtual Reality Experience and Trampoline. The main attraction is the dolphin and seal show which is an interactive experience that showcases the talent that these animals possess. They will dance, dive, and play with the ball on command. Charming fur Seals also will be participating on the show. You can also swim with the Dolphins or have a poolside interaction. The Creek Park exotic bird show is a must-see experience. It is home to over 20 species of parrots and exotic birds. You will be amazed to see the intelligence of these birds performing tricks. If you truly love Dolphins, then you can be Dolphin trainer. For that, you will a 3-hour experience watching a dolphin trainer and working with them. You will learn how trainers interact and bond with Dolphins. The Dolphinarium also has a challenging mirror maze where you can have fun puzzle experience. You have to go through an eager-to-solve labyrinth made of mirrored glasses and find a way out. 5D/7D Cinematic Experience and Virtual Reality Experience is another unique experience you can have in here. Inside the Dubai Dolphinarium, there is a trampoline park where you can have some fun with your friends or family. If you love gifts, then there is a gift shop where you can purchase souvenirs, toys, customised shirt, gifts etc. In addition to the experience that can be always cherished, you can have a souvenir to keep for a lifetime. This is a must visit place when you are in Dubai to witness charming and adorable dolphins and seals and have a fun experience.
An entertainment spot for kids above 10. Hub Zero on Dubai’s City Walk delivers you an overwhelming virtual reality experience. The activities they provide are karaoke, games, laser tag, even you can host birthday parties. You can find zones for every age, the Hub Zero offers plenty of activities like laser tag, a 4D theatre, driving experiences and an area specially designed for gamers. For the little ones, there is a children’s centre at the Crazy Dave’s Garden. The main attraction in Hub Zero is the virtual arena, a 360-degree play style where you will be holding a replica gun and firing at the virtual zombies. The gaming area with 70 stations and eight private booths provides to the need of hardcore gamers. It indeed is a great spot for gamers and is the hub for e-sports tournaments. The 4D cinematic experience is based on video game franchise Asura’s Wrath. Then there is a driving simulator- Hyper Drive with great sound which simulates the motions of a real car. For the football fanatics, you can have a game with a virtual goalkeeper by kicking a real football. Discover the younger self within you and enjoy this indoor activity in Dubai where the virtual and real worlds meet.
The Green Planet
Have you been bored by all the buildings, roads, pollution and the never-resting city life? Your heart would want to go deep into nature. The Green Planet as the name implies is full of green where you can explore the exotic tropical forest. This worlds largest man-made ecosystem boasts over 3,000 plants, birds and animals. Travel through the lush rainforest and explore the landscape, tree canopy platform, cliff-hanging gardens, waterfalls and the giant aquarium. It’s really a unique experience as you can explore the man-made ecosystem with a large life-sustaining tree, an aquarium with different fish species in addition to all other birds and animals. It is designed within a glass structure to explore flora and fauna. It has a five-level structure with natural sunlight passing through its glass covering. If you want a panoramic treetop view of this ecosystem, you can hop into a lift which carries you to the roof of the biodome. The inside humidity is set at 70 per cent and temperatures between 25°C and 28°C to match that of a real ecosystem. The Green Planet is actually an environmental awareness initiative to educate and provide an awareness of nature.
IMG world of adventure
This is one of the world’s largest indoor theme park located in Dubai. Enjoy unlimited fun inside this 1.5 million sq. ft. temperature controlled indoor park. IMG world of adventure is split into four zones. The two zones represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while the other two zones are originally created by the IMG group- IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley. It has a capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests both adults and children a day. The main attraction of the park is the roller coasters and thrill rides based on animation brands Cartoon Network and Marvel Entertainment. While on rides, you can bring all your favourite and popular Marvel and Cartoon Network characters to life. The extinct Dinosaurs will come into life and interact with you in The Lost Valley – a dinosaur adventure zone. It is so good that it cannot be missed to go back in time that existed millions of years ago. For the adventure seekers, you can enter the IMG Boulevard for thrilling experiences. Then there are also a variety of themed retail stores and dining venues and a 12-screen Novo cinema complex. You won’t even notice the time inside this wonderful park full of adventures.
Bounce Free-jumping Revolution
As the name implies, you can bounce all day here. Bounce revolutionise free-jumping to all personages from kids, mommies, and daddies to adrenaline freaks. Bounce is an indoor playground with a vast Free Jumping Arena, Dodgeball court, Performance Area, a giant inflatable Airbag and Slam Dunk Hoops. Here you will experience that same adrenaline rush as of when doing some extreme sports. The main area in Bounce is the Free jumping arena where around 50 interconnected trampolines are incorporated in a series of long tumble tracks and angled banked walls. You can just bounce around here or work on some routine. For those who have air-sport goals, Performance Trampoline is the zone for you. With having a height restriction of 125cm and above, this place is mostly occupied by those who love skiing, snowboarding, and wake-boarding etc. There is a Dodgeball court where you can de-stress. Team up, dodge the ball and have fun. Not only fun, but you are going to burn some calories. You can also host birthday parties and your kids will enjoy every minute. Surrounded by circus-grade padding and monitored by highly trained safety referees this place ensures safety. Altogether Bounce host one of the best family activities in Dubai.
Dubai Ice Rink
No better place than Dubai Ice Rink to beat the heat. Spend some quality time on ice and you won’t regret the decision. This place is one of the best Dubai indoor attractions and is situated at The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and recreation destination. A social hotspot for all age groups, the Olympic-size Dubai Ice Rink guarantees unlimited fun for skating ninjas as well as viewers. More than 2000 pairs of skates shipped from a leading manufacturer in Italy to fit each and everyone of all ages and sizes. To ensure safety, Ice marshals are at the ready during public skating hours and the Zamboni, an ice resurfacing machine is placed across the rink at regular intervals to guarantee top quality ice. It doesn’t matter whether you are a pro skater or a novice. The rink helps novice learners to learn ice skating and the expert skaters can have Freestyle session to practice jumps and spins. They also host D. J. nights for all young minds. The fun is doubled if you can dance on ice, put on your skates and hit the dance floor(mm… the Ice Rink). The fun doesn’t stop here, you can even ice skate while snowing. The Snowfall Skating sessions can be really cool and enchanting. The Dubai Ice Rink also host events including the telecast of the FIFA World Cup matches and serve as the venue for the Dubai tournaments of the Emirates Hockey League Cup and Broomball games for Corporate team building.
A nation for kids that what kidZania is. Fed up with the way the world is working under adults rule, the kids decided to have an ideal world where they can be responsible. Not too much exaggeration, but in KidZania the kids can be anything they want. Kids between the age of four to sixteen are made to have a realistic educational and entertaining environment where they can do any work that comes naturally to them i.e. they are role-playing by impersonating activities done by adults in real life. Like in the real world, the children can do “jobs” like a doctor, fireman, police officer, beautician, journalist, pilots etc(over 80 role-playing activities) in more than 60 establishments. Here your kid can be anyone they wish to be and they are paid for their work. Kidzania has its own currency called kidZos. Kids earn this money for their work and they can use it for goods and services in the city. It is a blend of educational and entertainment centre where you and your kids will be safe and secure. This indoor city is packed with buildings, streets, vehicles, and establishments sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands. For toddlers, there is a separate space where they can play safely. There will be Zupervisors(trained adults) who guide and provide support for each activity. It’s guaranteed that KidZania is the best Dubai attractions for kids.
The first indoor Ski resort in the Middle East, the Ski Dubai located in Mall of the Emirates spans over 22500 square meters covered with real snow. A great place to have fun with your family or friends, this Ski resort offers you astounding snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, zip line and tobogganing or just have a snowball fight with your dear ones. The main attractions are Snowpark, Slope, Snow Penguins, and Ski School. In the Snowpark, you will be amazed to see the giant zorbing ball, ice cave, Mountain Thriller ride etc. Get indulged in the polar activities in this magnificent winter wonderland. If you prefer some thrilling-chilling experience, then hit on to Ski Dubai Slope. Prepare to get a close-up encounter of Penguins. You can meet incredibly cute Gentoo and King Penguins and get amazed by the remarkable March of the Penguins show. Ski Dubai also offers Ski school classes for you to learn ski and snowboard with world-class instructors. Other than all these amazing things, you will also relish the themed restaurants like the St Moritz Café at the entrance to Ski Dubai and the Avalanche Café at mid-station. From there grab a cup of hot chocolate to warm up after a day of fun in the snow. Ski clothes and equipment are provided in Ski Dubai. After Skiing down the slope, the quad-chairlift and tow lift will delicately carry you back to the top for another fun skiing. There is a retail shop, Snow Pro where you will meet expert staffs to advise you on the equipment needs and a team of professional instructors to supervise you through the enjoyable learning process of Skiing and snowboarding. It is ranked as one of the best and exciting things to do in Dubai.