10 of the Best Things to do in the UAE this Summer
1 Ski Dubai
The first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, Ski Dubai is the ultimate summer destination! Its huge 22,500 square metres is covered with real snow all year round. The below-freezing temperatures are the perfect antidote to the steamy heat outside. While skiing and snowboarding lessons for kids and adults are popular, they are not the only things you can try. Visit the colony of gentoo and king penguins or brave the snow park that includes toboggan runs.
INFO: Lessons from Dhs150, children’s lessons from Dhs190, snowpark Dhs140 (adult) Dhs130 (child), penguin encounter from Dhs145, Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 800FUN, www.skidxb.com.
2 Cooking Class
Jones the Grocer can help you concoct something wonderful in the kitchen this summer. Cooking classes are held at their Dubai outlet and the three Abu Dhabi branches of the posh store. Dubbed “gourmet food for everyday living”, dishes you can whip up include beef Wellington, with mushroom duxelles, baby carrots and potato.
INFO: Dhs375, 02 443 8762 (Abu Dhabi), 04 346 6886 (Dubai).
3 Burj Khalifa At the Top
Always meant to visit the top of the tallest building in the world? Then take advantage of fewer tourists and smaller queues and do it this summer. At The Top is the observation deck on the 124th floor. Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, it has also broken two other records: tallest structure, and the tallest free-standing structure, which was previously Toronto’s CN Tower.
INFO: Dhs125 (advance booking), Dhs400 (immediate entry), Dhs95 (advance booking for children under 12), Dhs400 (immediate entry for children under 12), 800 2884 3867, www.burjkhalifa.ae.
4 Luxury Cinema
How do you fancy enjoying a summer blockbuster in five-star luxury? Many UAE cinemas offer screens fit for a movie star. Check out The Dubai Mall’s Platinum Movie Suites, which allow you to summon a butler to deliver gourmet food and drinks via a button, plus you’re given plush pillows and blankets! Marina Mall also has Premier Business Class screens for a similar experience and you can even get reclining seats for two! In Abu Dhabi the Pearl Suites at Al Wahda Mall Cinema offer a similarly sumptuous experience.
INFO: Dhs160, Reel Cinemas, The Dubai Mall, Dhs75, Reel Cinemas, Marina Mall Dubai, 04 449 1988, www.reelcinemas.ae, Dhs150, Al Wahda Mall Cinema, 02 443 3244, www.alwahda-mall.com/cinema.
5 Scuba Diving
Al Boom Diving centre claims to be the best in the UAE. With bases around the region including Atlantis, The Palm, Jebel Ali and Al Wasl Road in Dubai as well as Fujairah, it offers four-day courses leading to your open-water diver certification. Sharks, dolphins and sea turtles are among the creatures you could see! You can also take a Discover Scuba pool dive for a taster.
INFO: Discover Scuba Dhs275, Open Water Diver course Dhs2,350, 04 342 2993, www.alboomdiving.com.
6 Mall Walking
We’re not joking! What better place to get some exercise out of the heat than at one of the UAE’s mega malls? And even better, you can window shop as you work out! Abu Dhabi Mall Walkers Club is has sessions from 7am to 10am daily. To register visit the customer service desk. There are no official mall walking clubs in Dubai, but there’s nothing to stop you taking a speedy stroll.
INFO: Free, Abu Dhabi Mall, 02 6454 858, www.abudhabimall.com.
7 Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
You’ve probably seen the fish from The Dubai Mall side of the aquarium but how about taking a trip inside this summer? You’ll get to walk through a 48-metre tunnel 11 metres beneath the water’s surface, sail on a glass bottom boat or even brave a dive in the 10-million litre tank.
INFO: Dhs70 adults, Dhs55 children, 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 12am Thursday to Saturday, 04 448 5200,www.thedubaiaquarium.com.
8 Birth of a Museum
Top-up on culture and start the countdown to 2015, when the Louvre Abu Dhabi will be unveiled. The Birth of a Museum exhibition is on at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi until 20 July.
INFO: Free, 10am to 8pm, 10am to 2pm, 8pm to 11pm (Ramadan) until 20 July, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, www.saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae.
9 Glow-In-The-Dark Golf
A new 18-hole indoor space-themed golf course called Tee & Putt has launched in Wafi Mall. Forget run-of-the-mill holes and mazes; this putting green includes aliens, spaceships, rockets and astronauts and is completely glow in the dark!
INFO: Dhs75, Wafi Mall, Dubai, 04 357 32 90, www.teeandputt.com.
10 Waterparks By Night
The Middle East’s newest aqua park, Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, has a special ladies’ night on a Thursday from 5pm to 10pm this summer. Make a splash by trying out epic rides and slides, including the Rush Rider, Bubbles Barrel, Liwa Loop and Jebel Drop. Go luxe by booking a cabana for Dhs750. Wild Wadi in Dubai also has a ladies’ night every Thursday and the park is open from 8pm until 1am!
INFO: Yas Waterworld: 5pm to 8pm, Dhs210 (adults), Dhs170 (children), 02 414 2000, www.yaswaterworld.com, Wild Wadi, Dhs225 (adults), Dhs175 (children), 04 348 4444, www.jumeirah.com.