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Beat the heat in Dubai

Cool activities and ice-cold venues to try in Dubai with kids
There are not many places in the world where you can shuffle between the sand and the snow in less than half an hour – but Dubai is one of them. The city is home to frosty venues and heat-beating activities, which are the perfect antidote to summer. From indoor skiing and ice-skating to year-round snowfall and underwater aquarium adventures, these are some of the best ways to cool off with the kids in Dubai.
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Hit the slopes

Ski Dubai

Hit the slopes

Ski Dubai

Experience a winter wonderland

Offering more than just indoor skiing, Dubai's 3,000sqm snow park is a hive of frosty pursuits of all kinds. There’s everything from penguin meet-and-greets to Giant Ball rides and snowboarding lessons. Covering an area that's equivalent to three football fields, Ski Dubai features not one but five ski runs, bobsled tubes and scenic chairlift rides for little ones. Keep your cool in -2°C temperatures, play in the interactive Snow Cavern or book in for a VIP up-close and-personal experience with the resident Gentoo and King penguins.
Contact Details
Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Rd
   + 971 800 386

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Carve up the ice

Dubai Ice Rink

Carve up the ice

Dubai Ice Rink

Go for an icy spin in The Dubai Mall

It may be warm outside, but snow falls in Dubai year-round at this Olympic-sized ice-skating rink in The Dubai Mall. The venue's Dubai Snowfall experience creates a magical white winter vibe that's ideal for families seeking a novel way to escape the heat. Imagine snowflakes falling from above as you glide across the ice in a flurry of snow. To get your groove on, join the regular ice disco sessions, complete with a colourful light show and a DJ spinning the latest pop tunes and hip hop beats.
Contact Details
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
   +971 4 448 5111

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Sub-zero chill zone

Chillout Ice Lounge

Sub-zero chill zone

Chillout Ice Lounge

The coolest spot in the city

Chilling out takes on a whole new meaning at this sub-zero ice lounge in Dubai's Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road. Swap the gelato for hot chocolate and shorts for thermals inside this frozen wonderland featuring ice sculptures, ice furniture and a striking illuminated interior. Temperatures here drop to a shiver-inducing -6°C, but you'll acclimatise soon enough with a host of hot meals, including soup and lasagna.
Contact Details
Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road
   +971 4 341 8121

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Dive into the deep blue

Dubai Aquarium

Dive into the deep blue

Dubai Aquarium

Discover a whole other world

It may not be as icy as some of Dubai's most popular heat-beating spots, but the experiences on offer at this giant aquarium are just as cooling. Plunge into the deep blue and swim alongside sharks and tropical fish with the Shark Scooter experience at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Similar to a personal submarine, riders slowly propel themselves through the world's largest suspended aquarium on an electric, underwater vehicle while guided by an expert diving instructor.
Contact Details
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
   +971 4 448 5200

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Marvel meets Dubai

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Marvel meets Dubai

IMG Worlds of Adventure

See how movie magic is made

Too hot outside but you’ve got a hankering for a few dips and spills on a rollercoaster? Fear not, because Dubai's largest indoor theme park is a short drive away – meaning even the summer heat can’t stand between you and a day out on some epic rides. With an area of nearly 140,000sqm, which is equivalent to 28 football fields, the temperature-controlled park has the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests in a day. Consisting of four adventure zones in one place, IMG Worlds offers exhilarating rides, rollercoasters and plenty of retail and eating outlets.
Contact Details
E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
   +971 600 500962

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Make a splash

Laguna Waterpark

Make a splash

Laguna Waterpark

Slip and slide at the city’s newest waterpark

La Mer, Dubai’s newest waterfront development, is home to the city’s latest aquatic adventureland, Laguna Waterpark. Packed with rides, play areas and plenty of places to soak up the sun, Laguna is sure to be a fun day out for everyone. Spend the afternoon with the family whizzing down one of the park’s five unique water slides, relax under a cabana, or try your hand at the WaveOz 180, the park’s star attraction. Afterwards, you can check out one of the great new restaurants lining the boardwalk at La Mer, or the many ice cream outlets.
Contact Details
Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, 2A Street, Jumeirah 1
   +971 800 637227

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Snuggle up for a movie

Reel Cinemas

Snuggle up for a movie

Reel Cinemas

Cosy up with a blanket for a unique cinema experience

This boutique branch of Reel Cinemas at Dubai Marina Mall is an all-premiere-class cinema. The first Dolby Cinema in the Middle East, it offers twin recliner seats with masses of legroom, and plenty of gourmet food and beverage offerings. There are even blankets and pillows available to make you feel completely at home. As the temperature soars outside, it’s quite the novelty to be able to snuggle up under a blanket for a blockbuster.
Contact Details
Level 2, Dubai Marina Mall, Al Marsha Street
   +971 4 449 1903

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