When the deadly Dubai summer strikes, the entire city’s population migrates indoors craving the life-saving Air-conditioning. Many of Dubai’s staple activities are no longer available: beaches are deserted and outdoor bars shut down. But that doesn’t mean your only option is hanging out at the mall! Here’s a list of exciting indoor weekend activities that you can enjoy on your day off in Dubai.
Can’t imagine spending a weekend in front of a TV? Hitting the trampoline park is a perfect way to go back to your childhood years and get a decent workout out of it! Dubai Bowling Center eagerly jumped on the retromania bandwagon with their new make-over so the nostalgic vibes are strong here.
Price: AED 39
Location: Dubai Bowling Center, Al Quoz 1
For those who like to put their brainpower to a test, Brain Games has three themed escape rooms that will let you try your luck in reading clues and solving riddles. Whether it’s escaping a serial killer, robbing a museum or setting off for a journey around the world, you have exactly 60 minutes to complete your mission. Are you up for the challenge?
Price: AED 269 (weekday); AED 369 (weekend)
Location: Brain Game, ADCB Metro Station
Lovers of high acceleration rejoice! At Dubai Autodrome, you can spend the perfect thrill-filled afternoon with a karting session. Once you satisfy your need for speed on the race track, you will venture into a medieval maze and compete in a session of laser tag.
Location: Dubai Autodrome, Dubai Motor City
At iPilot, you can try a fully immersive flight simulator under the supervision of a qualified pilot instructor. If your friends are equally excited about aviation as you, you can go for the shared simulation as the captain and co-pilot!
Price: AED 249 (weekday); AED 279 (weekend)
Location: iPilot, Downtown Dubai
Dining in the dark is a global trend and of course Dubai doesn’t stay behind. The idea behind dining in a pitch black room is that when you turn off one of your senses, the others are heightened and give you a deeper experience of the taste. You will be pleased to know that 10% of the proceeds of every meal go towards combating blindness in developing countries.
Price: AED 269 for one
Location: Fairmont Dubai, World Trade Center Metro
If you’re a horror movie fan you’ll probably be thrilled to hear that Dubai has its very own haunted house. Each room in the scary mansion has its own character and you get to discover the story step by step. Beware that this is not an attraction for the faint-hearted though!
Price: AED 79
Location: Hysteria Haunted Attraction, The Dubai Mall
As the Virtual Reality craze continues, why not try it for yourself? The first VR theme park just opened up in Dubai offering such crazy rides as skydiving experience and drone flight over the city. If you just want a solid VR gaming session, a cheaper option is Virtual Worlds where you get a whole hour for 30 dirhams.
Price: AED 30 per session at Virtual Worlds & separately priced rides at VR Park (AED 20 – AED 45 paid on arrival)
Location: Virtual Worlds, Silicon Oasis Dubai & VR Park, The Dubai Mall
Cooking classes are a great weekend option for those who like to challenge themselves and learn something new even on a day off. At Table 9, you can pick in advance which dishes you want to learn from an extensive menu of European cuisine. Classes last around three hours and are taught by professional chefs.
Location: Table 9 at Hilton Dubai Creek
What better way to cool down on a hot day than immersing yourself in the underwater world? The Dubai Aquarium is home to over 140 different species. Take a stroll through the aquatic tunnel if sharks floating by don’t bother you!
Price: AED 120
Location: Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Mall