It’s pouring cats and dogs in the UAE and if you’re not one of those who enjoy being cooped up, we’ve got you! Dubai’s got a whole lot of things to do, not just for the summers, but during winters too. From trying a brand new adventure experience to enjoying an immersive experience, here are some wet weather ideas you can enjoy in the city.
1. Ride the World’s Fastest Vertical Launch Rollercoaster
Located in Dubai Hills Mall, the record-breaking attraction is a multivehicle inversion coaster wrapping its way throughout the entire building. The coaster contains a completely vertical launch, powered by magnetic LSM motors, sending riders over 50m up into the building. A first-of-its-kind indoor coaster, the Storm Coaster is fitted with a 697m-track comprising three trains, each with 12 riders, that can run simultaneously.
The Storm Coaster is open now at Dubai Hills Mall, with ticket prices starting at AED 65 per person. The rollercoaster is open from Sunday to Thursday 10am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 12am. Kids, teenagers and adults of 1.30m height can ride the coaster.
2. Visit AYA- dubai’s new immersive park
Spread across 3,700 square metres at Wafi City mall, Aya is an immersive light and sound park. True to its tagline- “A trip to a beautiful universe” – Aya promises to take you on a surreal journey. The park utilises lights, sounds, as well as mirrors to create a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors. The park has 12 zones, each with a unique feature that is sure to impress visitors.
Some of the zones include The Falls- which features a reverse waterfall, The Pool- or a circular projection on the floor imitating a deep vortex and Flora- featuring a sentient garden with illuminated grass.
Travelers will play, drift, and dream as they command observatories full of stars, roam gardens blooming light, and traverse rivers that bridge the infinite. While the true nature of these chambers may never be known, spectacles will blossom, mysteries unfold, and dazzling powers unlock for visitors that stop to smell the roses. Besides, guests can also enjoy a choreography of lights and sounds that could go on for up to seven minutes. The staff, aptly dressed in cream-coloured robes, guide visitors to move from one room to another. Visitors can also dance with avatars and unlock new characters to interact with as part of the totally immersive experience, in a sanctuary that does not exist in our own known universe.
3. take an inside tour of the burj al arab
The Inside Burj Al Arab tour highlights never-before-seen design elements from the chosen patterns and colors to the very-first hand-drawn sketch. With countless opportunities to capture your very own iconic moments, Inside Burj Al Arab provides the ultimate backdrops, of exteriors and interiors, for you to take home as memories, forever. Discover the ‘original home of luxury’ with a 90-minute tour, accompanied by a dedicated butler. Guests can enter the gilded doors of the Royal Suite to relive history through a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. You’ll be able to select your preferred time for the tour throughout the day, and indulge in various culinary options ranging from fresh juices and pastries in the morning, an afternoon tea, handcrafted cocktails during sunset hours or a three-course dinner, the possibilities to end your experience on a high note are endless. Isn’t this the best way to stay in and have fun when it rains?
4. Head to a museum
Dubai is filled with tons of museums, each taking you back in time and giving you a slice of the country’s rich history. Louvre Some of the most priceless works of art in the world are on display in Abu Dhabi, and some of the most cutting-edge future technologies are displayed in Dubai’s Museum of the Future. A private collection of photographic artifacts is on display in the House of Cinema Museum in Barsha Heights; The interactive Sharjah Science Museum is a terrific location to brush up on all things scientific, the Sharjah Art Foundation is a great spot to check out guest exhibitions, and the Emirates National Auto Museum in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi, is a must-visit for auto enthusiasts.
5. Treat yourself to a spa day
A rainy day is the best excuse to lock yourself away for some R&R, whether you go all out and book a full-day package or just treat yourself to the occasional massage.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, DIFC in Dubai offers sessions for holistic energy healing therapy every day at 6.30 p.m. Private guided meditation, Reiki energy healing, and Tibetan sound healing are all included in the 60-minute appointments.
Treat yourself to a spa day trip at the W Dubai – The Palm’s Away Spa, which includes access to the beach (if it’s dry enough to enjoy), the Wet pool, the indoor gym, and squash courts in addition to a 60-minute massage and a one-course dinner at the Away Spa Beauty Bar. The spa day-cation is available every day, excluding Saturdays, for AED 599.
6. head to a trampoline park
Trampolining is a surefire choice for indoor family entertainment. Both kids and adults can jump to their hearts’ content at Bounce and Air Maniax locations throughout the UAE.
On Bluewaters Island, the recently opened Tr88house offers trampolining in addition to other amenities. A soft play area with 12-meter-high trees, mini-golf, laser tag in a bioluminescent jungle, and other activities are available at the family-friendly location.
7. spend a day smashing things
Visit The Smash Room in Dubai’s Al Quoz for an innovative indoor exercise. It’s a place where you can choose your weapon, put on protective gear, and take all of your rage out on donated objects that are just waiting to be smashed up whether you’re going it alone or with a group. If you choose, you can bring your own stuff to break, which may also be rather therapeutic. It is an entirely indoor activity that will undoubtedly raise your heart rate.