Good morning everyone, today’s post is on ten best indoor things to do in Dubai. Looking for ways to dodge the scorching sun or the occasional rain showers? Well we are here to help you experience the best of Dubai – one indoor activity at a time! Whether it’s pouring with rain or blazing hot, our comprehensive list of the best indoor activities in Dubai will keep you happy all year long.
MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS
Enter a realm of deception with your friends and family and experience the mind-boggling phenomenon of optical illusion with these Dubai Museum of illusions. Question your senses, as the various illusions confuse your sense of balance, sight, and hearing, making you see and feel things that you thought were impossible! The Dubai edition is the biggest one to date with 80-plus interactive exhibits. The enchanting world of illusions is designed to trick your minds, challenge your senses, fuel your imagination, educate you and thoroughly confuse you as nothing is what it seems.
Experience the thrill of ice skating for the first time, or perfect your skills at Dubai’s favourite ice rink. Dubai Ice Rink, which is 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 to 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.
VR PARK DUBAI
Combining augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), the VR Park is the first of its kind in the Middle East. Via 18 interactive experiences and rides it creates an escapism from reality to an imaginary nirvana. This park is a gamers haven and shrieks adventure all round. The Park features virtual reality landscape across all genres – adrenaline, horror, leisure and more. Though the entry to this VR world is free, each ride costs anything between AED 15 to AED 45 and promises to allow you some of the finest VR, AR and location-based immersive experiences technologically possible!
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 the 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 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.)
With over 100 interconnected trampolines confined in several, colourful spaces — Bounce Dubai has been deemed as ‘The Indoor Sports and Recreation Facility of the Year 2015’ by SPIA (Sports Industry Awards). A great family activity, Bounce Dubai is an urban playground designed to get your adrenaline rushing with its high spirits. Apart from being an easy, yet a hard-core form of exercise, it is also a great place to let your hair down. You can indulge in a free-jump session with your entire family, or challenge yourself to a set of aerial aerobics — there’s no stopping in Bounce Dubai.
For all those of you who love brainteasers brimming with physical and mental challenges, Dubai has come up with the world’s first urban indoor maze of its kind called Jumble Dubai. Spread over 3,500 sq m space, fabricated with twists and turns, brightly coloured doors and brick walls. Jumble Dubai is a huge maze located in Al Barsha. As you keep finishing the challenges in one room you move on to the next which has its own rules and obstacles. The catch that makes these puzzles all the more challenging is that they are time sensitive- if you don’t solve a puzzle in time, you go back to the first room all over again. Several teams can play simultaneously making Jumble a hub of thrilling excitement for so many people scurrying from one room to another of the maze!
Had a rough day, week or year (2020 has been all sorts of stressful). If you’re looking for a different kind of therapy, a rebel’s version of a day spa – how does a smash room sound? Would breaking a thing or two help relax your nerves and vent your frustration? If the answer is yes, head straight to Smash Room Dubai. A uniquely rejuvenating concept that lends you weapons of your choice be it sledgehammers, crowbars or baseball bats to smither your frustration. The room is filled with old furniture, TVs, laptops, and mannequins, and you get to choose your weapon and smash away! It’s fun and therapeutic, all at once.
Imagine an indoor tropical rainforest that is home to over 3,000 species of flora and fauna. That’s exactly what Green Planet Dubai is. This spectacular bio-dome is a great educational and recreational space for kids, and adults won’t be disappointed either. As you walk into the building, you will be dazzled by the verdant greenery and sense the warm humidity that makes you feel like you are standing in the Amazon and not Dubai. There is also a wonderful variety of tropical fish to gaze at and for those feeling brave you can even hold a Python!
LOST CHAMBERS AQUARIAM
The Lost Chambers Aquarium in the Atlantis Hotel, houses around 65,000 marine creatures in over 21 aquariums and is designed like the lost city of Atlantis. Its labyrinth of underwater halls gives you the illusion of being submerged in water with marine life all around you – fishes, sharks, lobsters, jellyfish, seahorses and even albino alligators! There are many experiences you can partake in, at the aquarium, including a behind-the-scenes tour, where you can learn about some deep, dark secrets of the ocean from the in-house experts. Apart from the underwater observatory, you even have the option to touch and hold some of the creatures like starfish and sea-urchins for a more immersive experience at the ‘Touch Tank’. You can also swim amongst the sharks, napoleon wrasse and other intriguing sea creatures.
Kidzania offers kids, along with their parents, a realistic physical environment to role play and mimic activities done by adults in real life. Suitable for kids between 4 and 16 years of age, Kidzania Dubai is an interactive edutainment centre perfect to keep your kids entertained for hours together. Note, adults are not allowed inside the activity establishments, but there is a parent’s lounge where adults have free internet access, a TV lounge and a café.
Guest post by Pranitaa Purohit