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Cooler than cool ways to beat the heat in Dubai

Wed, April 12, 2023

From indoor skiing to underwater adventures, here are some of the best ways to cool off with the kids in Dubai.

From indoor skiing to underwater adventures, here are some of the best ways to cool off with the kids in Dubai.


Groove and glide at Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai Ice Rink

It snows in the summer (and all year-round) at the Olympic-sized ice-skating rink in Dubai Mall. The venue's Dubai Snowfall experience creates a magical white winter wonderland vibe that is ideal for families. Imagine snowflakes falling from above as you glide across the ice. Get your groove on by joining the regular ice disco sessions, complete with a colourful light show and DJs spinning the latest pop tunes.


Indoor thrills at IMG Worlds of Adventure 

IMG world

Looking for a few dips and drops on a daring rollercoaster? You're in luck, Dubai's largest indoor theme park is only a short drive away from the city centre. With an area of nearly 140,000sqm (equivalent to 28 football fields), IMG Worlds of Adventure comprises seven adventure zones complete with exhilarating rides, roaming entertainment by beloved mascots, and plenty of retail and eating choices.


Make a splash at Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure water park

Aquaventure Waterpark is home to record-breaking rides and slides, such as Medusa's Lair, Shockwave and Blackout. Located next to Atlantis, The Palm, get the most out of your holiday at this much-loved landmark. The world's largest waterpark and the one with the most waterslides, it features 105 attractions across three towers, marine and watersports experiences, private beaches and children's play areas. Trying to catch a break from the sun? Go on a lazy river ride, and enjoy a gentle breeze as you float beneath mini tunnels and a criss-cross of palm fronds. 


Hit the snowy slopes of Ski Dubai


Offering more than just indoor skiing, Dubai's 3,000sqm snow park offers frosty pursuits of all kinds. There’s everything from penguin meet-and-greets to snowboarding lessons. Covering an area that's equivalent to three football fields, Ski Dubai features not one but five ski runs, toboggan tubes and scenic chairlift rides for little ones. Keep cool in -2°C temperatures, play in the interactive snow cavern or book an up-close and personal VIP experience with the resident gentoo and king penguins.


Immerse yourself in Deep Dive Dubai

Explore Deep Dive Dubai's underwater habitats

It may not be as icy as some of Dubai's other beat-the-heat spots, but the experiences at Deep Dive Dubai are just as cool. The latest addition to the city's thriving sports and adventure activities scene, its 60.02m-deep pool is certified by Guinness World Records as the world's deepest swimming pool for diving. Aside from its remarkable depth, the pool features other unrivalled underwater additions, such as a 'sunken city', alongside year-round freediving and scuba diving courses and guided experiences.


Sub-zero fun awaits at Chillout Ice Lounge


Chilling out takes on a whole new meaning at this ice lounge in Dubai's Times Square Center. Swap your gelato for hot chocolate and shorts for thermals at Chillout Ice Lounge, a frozen wonderland like no other with colourful ice sculptures, speciality frozen furniture and a striking decor. Temperatures here drop to a frigid -6°C, but you will acclimatise soon enough, with a delicious spread of hot meals, including freshly-prepared soup and cheesy lasagna.


Discover the Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future

Head indoors this summer and uncover next-generation innovation at one of Dubai's most famous landmarks, the Museum of the Future. Founded by the Dubai Future Foundation and launched on 22 February 2022, the museum explores how society could evolve in the coming decades using science and technology. Termed a 'living museum', it incorporates elements of traditional exhibitions, immersive theatre and themed attractions, so visitors can look beyond the present and towards the future's limitless possibilities.


Keep your cool at Topgolf Dubai

Tee off in one of Topgolf Dubai’s 96 climate-controlled hitting bays and score points with the microchipped balls against your friends or family. A three-level entertainment venue at Emirates Golf Club spanning more than 60,000sqft, expect interactive golf games, live music, dining and more. Promising fun for everyone, whether you are a golf aficionado or not, the hub is also set up to host special events. Grab your nearest and dearest and head on over.

Enter a new world at Play DXB


Cool off in an alternate reality at Play DXB. The world’s biggest indoor VR zone takes you to a new world – and chillier climes – direct from Dubai Mall. This is the place to be for hours of non-stop fun and to test out your skills in fun competitive sessions with friends. Discover more than 30 game-changing adventures across a range of immersive and educational 'journeys'. And when you need to put a pause on playtime, enjoy a satisfying break at the on-site cafe.


Have a chill time at Cinemacity

POI Cinemacity Dubai

Movie fans looking for every comfort while viewing the latest releases – from restaurant-quality bites to cool and cosy interiors, and a central Downtown Dubai location – will find Cinemacity ticks all their requirements. Pre-order Japanese-inspired dishes in the lounge area, before settling into VIP-style recliners to take in your film in an exclusive, intimate ambience.

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