5 Places to Visit in Dubai Before the Summer Heat Sets In
As temperatures begin to rise in the UAE, the pleasant evenings are ideal for enjoying a variety of outdoor attractions. While some, like Global Village and Dubai Miracle Garden, close for the summer, others like Abu Dhabi's Jubail Mangrove Park and Hudayriyat Island remain open year-round. To make the most of the cooler evenings, consider visiting the following destinations in Dubai. But don’t wait too long or you might start to feel the heat.
This year, Global Village's 27th season is scheduled to conclude on April 30. The international cultural, entertainment, and shopping destination features 27 country pavilions, including newcomers Qatar and Oman. It has become a mainstay of Dubai’s winter/spring season and offers a vibrant multicultural experience that is representative of the city itself. With over 170 rides and games, Global Village offers something for everyone. Tickets start at Dh15, and children under three and seniors over 65 can enter for free.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden, a floral wonderland, covers 72,000 square meters and displays more than 150 million flowers. Although the closing date has not yet been announced, it typically closes for the summer to prepare for the next season. Highlights include a floral Emirates A380 aircraft and an Instagram-worthy floating lady. Admission costs Dh75 for adults and Dh60 for children aged three to 12.
Hatta Wadi Hub
Hatta, located at the border of Dubai and Oman, has long been a place that both residents and tourists enjoy visiting. In recent years, it has transformed itself into a top-tier vacation destination.
Closing on May 5, Hatta Wadi Hub offers an array of adventure activities set against the rugged Hajar mountains. The center's fifth season introduced a new adventure ropes course suitable for both children and adults. Activities range from downhill carting and zorbing to archery and wall climbing. Visit visithatta.com for more information.
Dubai Safari Park
The decades-old Dubai Zoo was moved to a new location on its 50th anniversary and transformed into Dubai Safari Park. The new facility, spanning 119 hectares, houses over 3,000 species of animals and birds that are kept in climate-controlled habitats.
Visitors can explore themed areas such as African and Asian villages, the Arabian Desert Safari, and the Explorer Village and Valley. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The park will be closing for the summer on the 31st of May. Visit www.dubaisafari.ae for more details.
Dubai Garden Glow
Dubai Garden Glow, located at the famous Zabeel Park, is a unique theme park with light-based attractions divided into five areas - Glow Park, Dinosaur Park, Ice Park, Magic Park, and Art Park.
Although the closing date for Dubai Garden Glow has not been announced, the attraction does close for the summer. The park's eighth season features numerous new exhibits, including the Glowing Safari. Open from 4 pm to 10 pm on Sunday to Friday and 4 pm to 11 pm on Saturdays. Admission is Dh65.