Things to do in Dubai when it rains
Dubai rarely sees rain, but when it does, it can ruin your plans.
From indoor skydiving to adrenaline-pumping theme parks, this list of things to do when it rains in Dubai is proof that you’ll never be short of fun activities and sightseeing spots when the sky turns gray. Just don’t forget your umbrella!
1. Trampolining for adults & kids – Bounce
You can bounce to your heart’s content in a massive room filled with 50 interconnected trampolines at BOUNCE Dubai. It’s an ideal place for kids and adults, offering plenty of exciting options for fun seekers of all ages.
Bounce also houses the X-Park Ninja Warrior obstacle course, which features 18 exciting elements, including a zip line and a bouldering wall. Alternatively, you can engage in a game of dodgeball with your friends.
Location: Building #32, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1, (04 321 1400).
Dhs80 per hour, Dhs120 for three hours.
2. Smash things up at The Smash Room
One-of-a-kind stress-relieving activity, The Smash Room offers a safe and fun alternative to meditation or a relaxing spa day.
Located in Al Quoz and Last Exit Mad X, this place allows you to pick your weapon and smash up an array of items such as laptops, computers, dishes, chairs, tables, mirrors, frames, and vases. And if you think that’s not enough, you can also smash a run-down sofa, coffee table, radio, dysfunctional refrigerator, and a DVD player.
As for your weapon of choice select from sledgehammers, crowbars and baseball bats. You are given protective gears, gloves, and face guards so you can smash things around you – in a safe and controlled environment.
It’s the ideal setting for releasing all of your inner rage and frustrations, and you’ll leave feeling extremely relieved!
Tickets from Dhs99 per person.
Timings: Mon- Thurs: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Fri and Sat: 9:00 am to 11:00 pm
3. Enjoy a book at Mohammed Bin Rashid Library
When the weather turns cold, there’s no reason not to stop by the newly opened Muhammed Bin Rashid Library.
Located in Al Jaddaf on Dubai Creek, the library’s architectural design resembles an open book sitting on a rehl (a traditional lectern which holds the Quran). The Library spans 54,000 square metres which is home to more than 1.1 million printed and digital books in Arabic and foreign languages, a 500-seater amphitheater, a literary museum, a conference centre, a colorful children’s library with a play area, the Languages Garden, a gift shop and a café.
This library of future has a robotic system set in place to retrieve books for readers in less than 10minutes. Entry to the library is free but those wishing to visit must first register on the website https://mbrl.ae/ or on the app.
Open Timings: Monday to Saturday from 09:00AM to 9:00PM and is closed on Sundays.
4. Head to IMG Worlds of Adventure
Dubai’s largest indoor-themed amusement park – IMG Worlds of Adventure brings Marvel and Cartoon Network characters to life with state-of-the-art rides.
IMG Worlds of Adventure is split into five “epic zones”. Two of the five zones represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while the other two are original concepts pioneered by the IMG Group. These two are known as The Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard. The remaining fifth is the Novo Cinema that features 12 epic cinema screens playing different movies.
There are a host of rides designed specifically for children, including the Dino Carousel, The Velociraptor, Forbidden Territory, Predator, the Adventure Fortress, Thor Thunder Spin, and Avenger’s Flight of the Quinjet.
The Park admission is for AED 285 for adults and AED 265 for children.
Timings: weekdays 11am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 10pm.
5. Experience Aya
AYA is an out of this world immersive and experiential entertainment park, that’s spread across 3,700 square metres at Wafi City mall in Oud Metha.
As they say, it’s “a trip to a beautiful universe.” Through the magic of art and technology, the park uses lights, sounds, and mirrors to transport visitors into a futuristic universe. It is divided into 12 different zones, all with water and space themes, such as “the falls,” “luna,” and “aurora.”
Each room is filled with interactive experiences that you can wander through, witness, and even touch. One room features jellyfish-like creatures swimming or flying through an ethereal dimension, while another room requires visitors to lie on their backs and watch a light show projected on the ceiling—the idea is to create the illusion of floating.
Tickets start at Dh99 online and are Dh125 at the door, 10am to 10pm weekdays, 10am to midnight weekends.
6. Watch a movie at the Middle East’s biggest Cinema – RoxyCinema
Why not head to the cinemas to watch the latest blockbuster when the sky is trickling and Dubai has the largest cinema screen in the Middle East?
Measuring 28 metres by 15.1 metres, spanning 423 square metres (twice the size of a tennis court), Roxy’s Xtreme screen is going to offer the one-of-a-kind ultimate cinematic experience every film lover is bound to enjoy. There are heated seats, USB chargers, a footrest, a headrest and food delivered to your chair at Roxy Xtreme.
Tickets from Dhs55.
7. Visit Madame Tussauds Dubai
Want to pose with the stars on the red carpet? Located on Bluewaters Island, Madame Tussauds give you the chance to meet your most adored personalities from almost all spheres of fame in one location.
The internationally renowned wax museum is divided into seven zones in total: leaders; fashion; film; media; Bollywood; sports; and music. Football fans will be able to see their hero, Cristiano Ronaldo, while Bollywood fans can take a selfie with their favorite actor, Shah Rukh Khan.
Tickets cost Dh135 for adults, Dh110 for children aged 3 to 11 and those under the age of 3 go free.
Timings: Sunday to Thursday 12:00 pm – 08:00 pm and Friday to Saturday 11:00 am – 09:00 pm.
8. Go indoor skydiving at iFly Dubai
iFly Dubai is Dubai’s indoor Skydiving center which is also the first indoor skydiving center to ever open in Dubai.
Located in City Center, Mirdiff in Dubai, this indoor gravity-defying fun is make your eternal dream to fly come true. You don’t have to worry about jumping from a cliff or from a nerve-cracking heights and its extremely safe.
After a 20minutes brief session on safety procedures and putting on a flight jumpsuit, helmet, socks & googles, you are guided to a 10 meter high vertical glass wind tunnel having two giant fans of 400 horsepower each beneath you, that generates air upwards with a wind capacity of approximately 200kmph . The sudden blast of air gives you a feeling of weightlessness and it rushes up your adrenalin, and you start floating in the air. You can also do spins and flips once the instructor advices to make your experience more exhilarating.
Opening hours: 12 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and 12 pm – 11 pm on weekends
Tickets are priced at AED 125 per adult for a standard 2-minute experience for beginners. Participants should be more than 3 years old. Children aged 3-13years will be charged a child rate.
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9. Challenge yourself at GAME OVER Escape Rooms
If you like state-of-the-art VR experiences or old-school board games, head to Nakheel Mall’s Game Over Escape Rooms and Board Room Café.
Spread over 11,000 square feet in Dubai’s Nakheel Mall, Game Over Escape Rooms and Board Game Café features 12 escape rooms, 11 meta-escape rooms that utilize VR headsets to enhance the experience, and a board game café with more than 50+ titles for board-game lovers to explore.
There are a variety of genres available for the players to choose from, from the famous Alf Laylah Wa Laylah inspired 1001 Nights Room, to a trip down the rabbit hole in an Alice in Wonderland Room. Those who love mystery will also enjoy the Agatha Christie Orient Express Room, and for some adrenaline-pumping fun, check out the Money Heist Room.
Prices start from Dhs140 per person, and visitors must book in advance at escapegameover.ae
10. Visit “The Green Planet”
The Green Planet is Dubai’s indoor rain forest. Located in City Walk, the city’s tropical forest has more than 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest man-made and life-sustaining indoor tree.
The enchanting bio-dome with its exotic flora and fauna is the perfect spot to visit with families and kids and also has many fun events like swimming with piranhas, thunderstorm at the Green Planet, picnic brunch, The Sloth Encounter, The Bat Cave, The Sugar Glider Encounter and Zookeeper for the day.
The bio-dome is comprised of four levels: the Canopy, the Midstory, the Forest Floor and the Flooded Rainforest. Visitors get to experience a series of adventures starting from a freshwater Amazon aquarium at the base of the biome to the aviaries 30metres above and then via the high speed lifts to the top of the Kapok tree.
The Ticket fare for entry is Dhs125 for adults and Dhs110 for children. Infants below 2 years are free to enter. There is 4-hours free car parking.
Timings: Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 7pm, Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm,