Best Ways to Spend Summer Indoors in Dubai
Summer has its hot and humid grip tightly over the city and while some may dare to venture out for a dip in the pool, most would prefer to stay inside with the soothing embrace of air conditioning. Fortunately, Dubai knows how to keep its cool when the weather heats up, and there is a large selection of indoor activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. Here are some of the best things you can do indoors this summer:
VR Escape Rooms in Nakheel Mall
Give your mind a good workout at the latest escape room concept in Dubai, located in Palm Jumeirah’s Nakheel Mall. The brand new Game Over Café – a global brand with 40 outlets worldwide – offers a selection of over 50 board games you can indulge in over a cup of coffee or a bite. Prefer something that has a bit more an adrenaline rush? Then you can try out one of their incredible themed escape rooms that create a variety of fantasy and horror influenced settings including Alice in Wonderland, the lost city of Atlantis and a haunted mansion.
Sushi Making Masterclass at SushiSamba
SushiSamba is a vibrant blend of Latin and Japanese cuisines that has made waves in London and Las Vegas. The restaurant’s first Dubai outpost opened on one of the highest floors of St. Regis the Palm and has set the city’s culinary landscape ablaze with its bold flavours and sizzling atmosphere. This summer, you can have the opportunity to try your hand at creating some of their signature sushi rolls. Sushisamba is hosting a sushi master class in its private dining room, with capacity for just 10 students who will also get to learn about the different types of sushi and ingredients involved.
Roxy Xtreme in Dubai Hills Mall
Dubai Hills Mall is one of the newest mega malls in the city, having opened its doors in February 2022. In only a short span of time, it has become the go-to destination for shopping and entertainment with several unique experiences including the very first luxury Tim Hortons outlet. Boutique movie theatre chain Roxy will be opening its newest multiplex in the mall on August 31st and will also be unveiling an exciting new concept – Roxy Xtreme. This will be the largest screen in the region that spans 28 metres (just over the length of a tennis court) and is 15 metres high. The experience will include three tiers of seats as well as on-demand waiter service, wireless charging, and both head and footrests.
Deep Dive Dubai
The world’s deepest pool celebrated its first birthday in July and is as awe-inspiring as it’s ever been. The 60-foot-deep structure is designed to resemble a sunken city, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the whole experience while a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system helps to create an immersive atmosphere. If your summer doesn’t feel complete without taking a dip, Deep Dive Dubai lets you scratch that off your list in a very unique manner.
Mohammed bin Rashid Library
We live in a world where knowledge and information are literally a screen tap away, yet there is a unique charm to a library that no e-book reader can capture. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is one of the largest in the world, spanning seven floors and housing nine separate collections behind its beautiful façade which resembles a bookstand. You can find over 1 million volumes in the library across 30 languages, available in both physical and digital editions. The complex also includes an amphitheatre, a ‘Languages Garden’ with a view over the city, and a café.
The Ice Bar, Bluewaters Island
Located on the now iconic Bluewaters Island, The London Project has been offering up its own take on the city’s bar and nightlife scene. Currently, it is home to a pop-up known as the Ice Bar, the first licensed establishment of its kind in the region. As the name suggests, the interior décor features ice quite heavily, including chairs and tables carved out of ice as well as ice shelves and icicle lighting. Guests are given warm coats on entry and can take some time to have a selfie or two with ice animal sculptures and an impressive ice throne. The venue includes chilled caviar and is perfect for enjoying the restaurant’s new raw menu.
Museum of the Future
The summer really is the best time to explore some of Dubai’s most incredible buildings, which house an exciting array of attractions. One such building is the Museum of the Future, the unmistakable oval structure on Sheikh Zayed Road that appears to be straight out of a science fiction film and officially opened its doors in late 2021. The museum is an incredible showcase of technology, presenting the world of 2071 and what life might look like then – exhibits show off new innovations, an immersive rainforest environment, and even exploration of distant worlds. The museum is one of the busiest in the city with tickets selling out within minutes, so this is a trip that requires some advance planning.
Dubai’s golf season doesn’t really begin until October, as even the most dedicated golf enthusiasts would think twice before spending a day out on the greens at the peak of summer. Fortunately, you still have plenty of opportunities to practice your swing at MyGolf Dubai, an indoor golf simulator that bills itself as a ‘luxury golf and entertainment lounge’. Aside from the standard bays, the venue also offers VIP and VVIP rooms for a more private golfing experience. You can enjoy a fantastic selection of signature dishes between rounds, and there is an academy as well so you can brush up on your swing before heading out to the course later in the year.
The Storm Coaster, Dubai Hills Mall
If you’re heading to Dubai Hills Mall to catch a movie at Roxy Xtreme, you might also want to check out The Storm, which is the world’s fastest indoor roller coaster. You get to enjoy all of the thrills of a theme park ride without having to be out in the sun. And as a bonus, you can work off that adrenaline with some retail therapy at the various high-end shopping outlets in the mall and end the day with a gourmet meal at one of the many exciting restaurants there, such as CZN Burak Burger, Sushi Library, and Jaimie’s Italian.
Digital Extravaganza, Theatre of Digital Art
Although Souk Madinat Jumeirah is known for its old-world charm, the shopping complex also present unique visions of the present and future through the Theatre of Digital Art. This eclectic venue is hosting a dramatic multimedia exhibition called ‘Digital Extravaganva’ until the end of August. Put together by six international artists, the show includes dynamic digital art displays, virtual and augmented reality exhibits, and a trip through the metaverse to show a possible future of how our lives will integrate with technology. If you’re looking to broaden the horizons of your mind this summer, this is a trip to consider.