It’s been a long old summer, hasn’t it? Ok, we lied. It hasn’t, but despite the heat hitting us later this year, we can’t help but feel like it’s been going on forever. Just opening the door for the delivery man seems arduous and the thought of doing anything outside makes us shudder.
When summer hits, we need an arsenal of things to keep us busy and we’ve managed to find a top-notch place or two that doesn’t involve going outside! We’re sorry about that walk from the car but once you’re inside, you’re going to love these tidy little air-conditioned activities –
Countdown Challenge: Admission for Two, Three or Four
Estimated Savings: AED540
Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence
Our Opinion: Countdown Challenge is an escape gaming experience located in the Bahar Plaza, The Walk, JBR. There are five rooms that are part of the game, each is designed to test the limits of your intelligence, wit, creativity and patience. The intense puzzles and mysteries offer a unique experience but without the guarantee that the game will be solved. Perfect for an afternoon with family and friends or a great team-building exercise with colleagues.
Top Tip: Bring your smartest friends…you’ll need them.
Roxy Cinema: Platinum Plus Experience
Estimated Savings: AED225
Location: Jumeirah Beach Residence
Our Opinion: We all like going to the cinema now and then. Perhaps the next film in your favourite trilogy is coming out and you’re getting excited about munching on popcorn while watching the action unfold. If that’s the case then why not book a platinum experience at Roxy and REALLY treat yourself. Watch movies in style and comfort like never before. It’s a proper Dubai experience and doesn’t involve going outside!
Top Tip: Take socks, it gets cold in the cinema!
Ski Dubai: Snow Premium
Estimated Savings: AED500
Location: Mall of the Emirates
Our Opinion: This might seem like an obvious choice to beat the heat but we couldn’t leave out the coldest place in Dubai as part of our things to keep you cool! We had a whale of a time frolicking in the snow, causing mayhem and trying out all the rides. It’s thrilling and chilling all at the same time!
Top Tip: If you can, take your own socks, gloves, hat and snow outfits. You’ll be far more comfortable.
Adventure HQ: 60Min or 90Min Adventure Zone Admission
Estimated Savings: AED100
Location: Yas Mall
Our Opinion: If you have an inner thrillseeker bursting to get out then Adventure HQ is the place for you. You can literally climb, jump, run, leap, bounce, and hang from all sorts of surfaces. Adventure HQ gives daredevils the chance to experience outdoor sports but in the comfort of the air conditioning.
Top Tip: Don’t go if you are even remotely afraid of heights! It’s higher than it looks…
Spacewalk: 4Min First Class Flight
Estimated Savings: AED
Location: Abu Dhabi Country Club
Our Opinion: Not brave enough to jump out of a real plane? Spacewalk has the perfect solution. Get suited and booted and try your hand at skydiving without needing a parachute. Just as thrilling but 100x safer!
Top Tip: You’ll be surprisingly sore afterwards as it’s good full-body work out trying to balance in the wind tunnel. So take it easy the next day!
Bounce: General Access or Fitness Class
Estimated Savings: AED85
Location: Marina Mall
Our Opinion: Wear comfortable clothes and bring plenty of water because not only is a visit to Bounce INCREDIBLY fun, it’s a serious workout. The best bit about it is, you can fall over and not look stupid or worry about hurting yourself! This is one of our top picks that doesn’t involve going outside, so let’s get bouncing.
Top Tip: Try one of their fitness classes, you’ll work up a serious sweat.