Dubai has seen an unbelievable transformation from a remote fishing village in the gulf area to a modern megapolis. It is the most populated city in the UAE. It is the financial & logistics hub of the world and has the presence of almost every MNC across sectors. Inhabited by people of more than a hundred nationalities, Dubai is truly a melting pot of global cultures and a cosmopolitan hub.
Dubai is among the top tourist destinations globally. More than 20 million tourists flock to Dubai every year, contributing substantially to the emirate’s revenue. Dubai has it all to attract tourists around the year – gigantic shopping malls, massive buildings, beautiful beaches, endless gaming options, desert safaris, and much more!
Dubai’s Top Summer Time Attractions
Temperatures in Dubai soar during the summers. The days are burning hot and being out in the open is a most ill-advised option. So, that effectively eliminates the option of relaxing on the beach or frolicking around in the parks. But don’t worry! The emirate has a range of options to offer the summertime visitors and make them delighted. Below, let’s look at some of these options.
1. Ski Dubai
The perfect go-to place in the peak of summer. This is a skiing destination amidst the desert emirate. Sounds incredible? Well, it’s a reality. Wrap those woolens around you and indulge in some serious skiing in real snow. Live penguins will greet you as you negotiate hills and troughs.
Relax. You don’t need to indulge in this in the sweltering Dubai sun. There is an entire indoor skydiving facility right here. Ifly Dubai brings you a perfectly simulated skydiving facility indoors that comes with all the thrill elements of the actual one. Adrenaline junkies are going to love this memorable flying experience, for sure.
3. Burj Khalifa
The mother of all attractions in Dubai is none other than the Burj Khalifa. This sky-kisser, the world’s tallest building, is a must-visit for every visitor to Dubai. Reach the observation deck at the 124th and 125th floors and get unforgettable views of Dubai and the surroundings, right up to the horizons.
4. Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park & Lost Chambers
Beat the Dubai heat with a visit to the Middle East’s largest water park i.e Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park. Enjoy the thrills of swimming amidst sharks, explore the amazing marine world inhabited by over 60,000 species, explore the multiple underwater parks, or simply relax at the private beaches.
5. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Dive into the thrilling underwater world without getting a drop of water on your body. Unbelievable? Well, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoodoes make it possible. The tank accommodates over 10 million liters of water and is home to more than 30,000 aquatic creatures. Watch them, feed the baby sharks, and get enlightened on the various aspects of marine life conservation.
6. Dubai Mall
Welcome to the largest mall on the planet. One entire day might not be enough to explore this gigantic shoppers’ paradise. Home to every conceivable luxury brand in the world, the Dubai Mall will keep you enthralled for every minute that you spend here. Besides shopping, there are other attractions here like play areas, multiplexes, food courts, etc.
7. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Enter a magical world as you leave the arid summertime Dubai outside. Get down to some action in the Avengers’ Battle of Ultron or with the Predator. Get into the Hulk mode and play some exciting games. Or take the amazing gumball ride. Every way, this promises to be the most fun and rewarding time.
8. 3D Selfie Museum
This is another magical place that works wonders with optical illusions. Get yourself clicked while crossing crocodile-infested waters, volcanoes erupting lava flows, gorges with unending depths, and similar such perils. Of course, all these are virtual and at the highest level of optical illusion. This museum would take you to experience a new level of optical illusion.
9. Dubai Creek
The Dubai Creek is not just a waterbody. It’s flowing evidence of centuries-old Emirati culture. Traditional Arabic marine trade activities have centered around the Dubai Creek. Visit the creek and take a boat ride. You would get to know much about Emirati culture and heritage.
10. Virtual Reality Theme Park
This is among the best places to be if you want to experience the magic of virtual reality. A variety of games here – all involving the latest and the ultimate virtual reality experience – are sure to take your breath away.Be it a city in the future or another galaxy – get transported to different levels of existence while you are standing indoors! This is a never-before experience.
11. Dubai Dolphinarium
The ever-friendly dolphins will give you awesome company here, as you swim and paddle around. The dolphins and seals will accompany you and also perform various shows. Sit back and relax with your family and friends as you watch these wonderful creatures at their best.
12. Ice Skating
Beat the heat and have a lot of fun while doing so. That’s the Dubai Ice Rink. Enjoy some wonderful ice skating here in the Olympic-patterned rinks, guided by professional skaters. There are various levels of the game to be played here, so you can have a blast in a chilled atmosphere while the emirate burns outside!
This is a wonderful place for the entire family. The adventure-themed park, modeled on the Lego toys range, has a large number of thrilling rides, water slides, and build-it-yourself activities with Lego bricks. Kids especially love the Beetle Bounce and the opportunity to stuff themselves for free at the Caesar’s Pizza & Pasta Buffet.
14. Art Classes
The Sketch Art Café & Sketch Studio gives you the opportunity to pamper the budding artist inside you. If you always wanted to showcase your artistic skills but could never do so, then this is the chance. Get down to painting, sketching, printmaking, and other artistic activities in a relaxed indoor atmosphere.
15. Dubai Miracle Garden
Among the largest botanical gardens in the world, the Dubai Miracle Garden is an explosion of color! With millions of flowers of every hue adorning the garden, you will be treated to never-before visuals. Get to see clocks, hilltops, airplanes, and other items made out of flowers.
16. Mini Golf
Indoor golfing, that too in the dark? Yes, Dubai has made that possible too. With the punishing heat in summertime Dubai, head to the 3D BlacklightMinigolf facility to try your hand at golfing indoors with 3D neon lights to guide you. You would be surrounded by eye-popping 3D visuals of mountains, deserts, rainforests, underwater life, and much more.
The Brass Monkey offers you a 12-lane bowling alley to try your luck at this exciting sport. But there are many activities here apart from bowling that can attract & engage you. Various arcade games like snooker, pool, basketball machines, etc. are also on offer. Not to forget the ever-favorite Pac-Man game.
18. Warner Brothers Abu Dhabi
A little drive away from Dubai, the magical land of Warner Brothers awaits you in Abu Dhabi. Indulge yourself in close to 30 rides that have been inspired by immortal characters brought on screen by this famed studio. The theme zones include the ones based on Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Cartoon Junction, Gotham City, and Metropolis.
19. Go Bouncing
The perfect place to have some fun indoors while getting some exercise! The Bounce indoor theme park gives you the chance to go trampolining, bouncing, and other similar activities – all in the cool indoor confines.
20. Wild Wadi Water Park
A bath is always an inviting proposition during summertime. And if that can happen while having some fun, it’s even better. The Wild WadiWater Park gives you the chance to do just that. Beat the heat with your entire family in the 30+ rides and pools here. The park has been themed after characters from Arabian folklore. You can also indulge in some surfing.
Reel Cinemas, Dubai brings you the amazing experience of watching a movie where you are made to feel as if you are a part of the action. The 270-degree screen ensures that the movie is playing on three sides of the auditorium and you are surrounded by the action. This real-time feeling of being in the movie is a memorable experience for the entire family.
22. Dhow Dinner Cruise
Sail down the Dubai Marina in a traditional Arabian dhow that is equipped with all the modern amenities. The stunning Dubai landscape will sail past you. Spend the evening in the cool comforts of the cruise and stuff yourself with a wide range of the most lip-smacking Arabian and continental cuisine and beverages. Local dance shows are also on offer.
23. La Perle Show
A 2.5 million-liter water-filled stage. Acrobats diving into the stage from over 25 meters. Sounds awesome? You would get more awestruck when you view it from up close. This wonderful acrobatics-cum-dance show will take your breath away as the performers showcase their awesome skills on stage.
24. Scuba Diving
Explore the amazing underwater life in the gulf off the coast of Dubai. Highly experienced instructors would take adequate safety measures and guide you through a memorable underwater trip. See the awesome marine life under the azure blue waters from up close. You will treasure the experience for a lifetime.
25. Dubai Sports World
An indoor facility where you can try your hand at a large number of sports. Basketball, football, badminton – all this and much more await you here. You can also go gymming and burn some calories, too! It’s a fun and healthy engagement for the entire family.
26. The Green Planet
Tropical rainforest in a desert country? That sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? But it’s right here in Dubai, and that too indoors. That’s the Green Planet, Dubai, for you. All the sights and sounds of a real rainforest would welcome you here, including fauna like piranhas, sloths, etc. A perfect place for adults and children to enjoy and learn more about the rainforests and their importance in keeping the world healthy.