15 Best Indoor Activities in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most lively and dynamic places in the world. The city is filled to the brim with clubs, hotels, and various other tourist attractions, including the iconic Burj Khalifa. However, Dubai can get really hot during the summer, with the temperature rising to 41° C. This makes venturing outside extremely difficult. So what do you do? Check out the indoor activities in Dubai! There are tons of attractions in the city to suit the interests of all age groups.

To help you have the best experience, we have compiled a list of 15 indoor things to do in Dubai. Our extensive checklist of the best indoor activities in Dubai will you keep occupied throughout your stay. Check out the top activities and tourist attractions in Dubai below:

Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is the world’s largest malls by total land area. It is still one of the top tourist spots in Dubai. It is home to many of Dubai’s best indoor activities. Dubai Mall is also featured in most of the ‘Dubai’s top attractions’ and ‘Sightseeing in Dubai’ lists. You can stay here for days and not run out of options.

So what to do in Dubai Mall? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Check out some of the most popular Dubai Mall activities and things to do below:

Kidzania

If you’re looking for kids’ activities in Dubai, Kidzania is the perfect spot. It is one of the most popular centers for kids’ entertainment in Dubai. It is also an interactive and informative place that will keep your kids occupied for hours. Suitable for children aged 4 to 16, Kidzania offers more than 60 activities. Children can get involved in real-life situations and role-play or mimic various jobs and activities. There is a separate parent’s section with free Wi-Fi, a TV lounge, and a café.

Timings: 10 am-10 pm (Saturday-Wednesday), 10 am-12 am (Thursday-Friday)

Contact: (800) 382246255

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are one of the most popular indoor places to visit in Dubai. The aquarium is a 10-million liter tank filled with over 30,000 marine creatures. Dubai Aquarium also lets you have an immersive experience with the marine residents. You can feed stingrays or swim with the sharks. You can also have an encounter with the aquarium’s resident crocodile. If the big guy is too much for you, you can spend your time marveling at the piranhas, crabs, and various species of fish.

Timings: 12 am-10 pm (Sunday-Thursday), 10 am-12 am (Friday-Saturday)

Contact: (800) 382246255

VR Park

Are you looking for exciting things to do in Dubai? Check out VR Park! It is the first of its kind in the Middle Eastern countries to combine augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Of the many fun activities in Dubai, a trip to VR Park will excite you the most. This theme park has about 21 thrilling activities of different levels.

In ‘Dune bash’ activity, you will encounter spiders, scorpions, and snakes in the desert. In another activity called ‘Burj drop’, you will slide down the side of the Burj Khalifa. If you are in search of family activities in Dubai, a trip to VR Park is a must. This theme park is also one of the free places to visit in Dubai. However, the cost of each ride is between 15 to 50 AED.

Timings: 12 am-10 pm (Sunday-Thursday), 10 am-12 am (Friday-Saturday)

Contact: (800) 382246255

Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai Ice Rink is the most popular spot to have fun, especially during the scorching summer of Dubai. It is also one of the coolest places in the UAE. This makes it the perfect site for indoor activities in Dubai for adults as well as for children. Dubai Ice Rink features an Olympic-sized skating rink. Whether you are a noob or a pro, you are guaranteed to have fun inside this rink.

This place offers skate lessons for adults and children and also lets you host birthday parties. Dubai Ice Rink’s latest introduction makes the venue all the more exciting – a mini-golf course on ice!

Timings: 10 am-11:45 pm (Sunday-Monday)

Contact: (800) 382246255

 

Bounce

If you are in search of activities in Dubai for adults, Bounce is the perfect spot. It is an indoor trampoline playground with various obstacle courses. There is a dodgeball, zip lines, a giant airbag, climbing walls, speed slide, and slam dunk hoops, just to name a few. Bounce is not only a favorite among athletes and thrill-seekers but also among kids. Bounce is the perfect adventure zone in Dubai for people who are in the mood for some fun and thrill. The best part is you not only have a good time but a good workout as well.

Timings: 1 pm-9 pm (Sunday-Thursday), 10 am-9 pm (Friday), 10 am-8 pm (Saturday)

Contact: +971 4321 1400

iFly Skydive Dubai

You can never run out of fun things to do in Dubai. Check out iFly, another popular adventure zone. It is undoubtedly the best place for adventure-lovers to experience flying. Don’t worry. They will not make you jump out of an airplane.

The skydiving simulator at iFly is one of the best attractions in Dubai. You will have to put on a special suit first. Then you enter a glass tunnel and get propelled in air through strong jets of wind. This makes iFly ideal for people who want to experience skydiving but are scared of heights or jumping out of an airplane.

Timings: 12 am-10 pm (Sunday-Thursday), 10 am-11 pm (Friday-Saturday)

Contact: +971 4321 6292

Jumble

Jumble is a recent addition to the adventure zones in the city but has already become one of the top attractions in Dubai. People seeking mental and physical challenges have tons of options in Dubai (like escape rooms), but according to many, Jumble takes the cake. It is the first of its kind 3,500 square meters urban indoor maze. The arena is packed with twists, turns, traps, and mazes.

A trip to Jumble is perfect for an outing with the family or friends as the tasks require teamwork. Once you finish the tasks in one room, you proceed to the next with different rules and puzzles. The catch is that these puzzles are time-sensitive which makes the whole experience more challenging. There are 12 rooms in total and more than 100 puzzles.

The challenges and tasks will test your power of reasoning and analysis, endurance, and teamwork. If you want to test yourself mentally and physically, make sure to check out Jumble.

Timings: 12 am-10 pm (Sunday-Monday)

Contact: +971 800 5862563

The Smash Room

Are you angry over something? Frustrated about work? Maybe stressed about what worse things could still happen in 2020? Do you wanna break things to calm down? Presenting, The Smash Room! A one of a kind takes on the concept of rejuvenation that lets you vent out your frustration by smashing things.

You even get to choose a weapon of your choice – bats, sledgehammers, crowbars, rods; you name it, they have got it! The room has all the junk you can imagine – furniture, computers, TVs, utensils, and more. Just pick up your weapon of destruction and start wreaking havoc. You can even scream, cry, or laugh like a maniac. Nobody will raise an eyebrow.

You don’t even have to worry about the things you turned to dust. All the smashed items are recycled, so you can have a guilt-free smashing session. You get to have fun, relieve stress, and have a decent workout. What’s not to love about it?

Timings: 12:30 am-10 pm (Sunday-Wednesday), 12:30 am-11 pm (Thursday-Saturday)

Contact: +971 58 1982323

Green Planet

Can you imagine a tropical rainforest in the middle of a desert? Well, if you are in Dubai, you can. Green Planet is an indoor theme park in Dubai that is modeled on tropical rainforests. This indoor rainforest is home to more than 3,000 species of flora and fauna. This magnificent biodome is one of the most beautiful places in Dubai. It is a perfect recreational and informative space for kids and adults alike.

The lush greenery, thriving vegetation, and warm humidity will mesmerize you as soon as you step into the biodome. The environment inside makes you feel that you are in the Amazon. Green Planet offers a variety of activities for children. The Bat Cave, the Sloth Encounter, and the Sugar Glider Encounter are some of the activities that engage and educate kids.

You can watch and get close to species native to rainforests like Amazonian fishes, squirrel monkeys, and sugar gliders. You can also interact with and hold sloths. If you are one of the fearless and don’t squirm at the sight of a snake, you can even hold a python!

Timings: 10 am-7 pm (Sunday-Wednesday), 10 am-8 pm (Thursday-Saturday)

Contact: +971 800 7699

Museum of Illusions

Most of us are familiar with the house of mirrors from the carnivals. The Museum of Illusions in Dubai is a much-improved version of the same. However, this place is not just a house of optical illusion. Museum of Illusions is filled with tricks that completely confuse your senses of sight, hearing, and even balance. The illusions make you see and experience things that are otherwise impossible.

Similar museums are located in other parts of the world but the one in Dubai is the largest and houses over 80 exhibits. The exhibits in the Museum of Illusions include anti-gravity rooms, clone tables, and an infinity tunnel among others. This is a great venue for an outing with friends. You can take an entire day off your schedule just to visit the Museum of Illusions. It is not just fun but an educative experience as well. If you want to have a fun and quirky adventure, check out the Museum of Illusions.

Timings: 10 am-10 pm (Sunday-Thursday), 10 am-11 pm (Friday-Saturday)

Contact: +971 4357 3999

Ski Dubai

Are you wondering about places to visit in Dubai in the summer? How about skiing? No, we are not kidding. At Ski Dubai, you can ski and snowboard to your heart’s content. You can also take lessons skiing and snowboarding lessons from professionals. Ski Dubai is the place to be if you wanna escape the burning summer in Dubai.

This venue offers much more than just skiing and snowboarding. There is a ‘Snow Park’ where you can enjoy zorbing. You can explore an ice cavern and take a ‘Mountain Thriller’ ride. You can even take a chairlift and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the park. The highlight of the park is the resident penguins. The park also hosts a show with penguins.

Ski Dubai also has an Avalanche and Ice Café where visitors can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or mocha after a tiring session of skiing. Ticket prices depend on the activity of your choice.

Timings: 10 am-10 pm (Sunday-Wednesday), 10 am-11 pm (Thursday), 9 am-12 am (Friday-Saturday)

Contact: +971 800 386

La Perle

La Perle is one of the prime spots for entertainment in Dubai. The most unusual thing about the show is it combines elements of theatre and acrobatics. This makes the show popular among both theatre and stunt show enthusiasts. Most of the show takes place over water and is based on Las Vegas-style theatrical plays with aerial acrobatics and performance. The show uses hydraulic lifts, fountains, high-powered winches, and 2.5 million liters of water.

La Perle has over 130 world-class athletic and technical artists from 23 countries. In the course of the performance, acrobats and athletes jump into the changeable water-stage from a height of 25 meters and glide around the theatre at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour.

Timings: 4 pm-7 pm and 6:30 pm-9:30 pm (Sunday-Monday)

Contact: +971 4437 0001

Sky Zone

Sky Zone, at Ibn Battuta Mall, is the latest addition to the adventure parks in the city. It is an indoor trampoline park. If you are an adventure junkie, you will love Sky Zone. The park has separate areas for different activities that include a dodgeball arena, foam zone, and zip line. Sky Zone offers everything you will need to get a dose of adrenaline without being outdoors. Spread over 35,000 square feet, Sky Zone other features include a Wipe Out zone (inspired by the TV show ‘Wipeout’), warrior courses, a climbing wall, a trampoline park, giant warped walls, and a special section for toddlers. The park also has a great café.

Timings: 10 am-10 pm (Sunday-Monday)

Contact: +971 800 7599663

Dubai Autodrome

Dubai Autodrome is the perfect place for people who dream about fast cars and faster races. A trip to the Autodrome makes an exciting day out for the whole family as it has something to offer for all age groups. Located in Dubai Motor City, Dubai Autodrome has both indoor and outdoor tracks for ages seven and above.

The Autodrome offers a smooth 1.2km track with 17 turns, making it the perfect spot for go-karting lovers. Their indoor circuit is perfect for summer when the weather is too hot to be outside. Children can also enjoy go-karting at Dubai Autodrome, specially designed karting sessions for kids aged 7 to 12 which are carefully monitored by the professionals.

Timings: 9 am-5 pm (Sunday-Monday)

Contact: +971 4367 8700