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Four fun ways to keep it cool

The best cooling 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 a handful of 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 during summer.
1

Hit the slopes

Ski Dubai

Hit the slopes

Ski Dubai

Experience a winter wonderland

Offering more than just indoor skiing, Dubai's 3000 sqm 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 steamy 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. Think: 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 the 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 lasagne.
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 beneath the surface

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 new 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 Al Boom Diving instructor.
Contact Details
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
   +971 4 448 5200

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Hollywood meets Dubai

Motiongate Dubai

Hollywood meets Dubai

Motiongate Dubai

See how movie magic is made

Step behind the scenes and into the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the region at Dubai Parks and Resorts. Home to larger-than-life characters from Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate, you’ll get to explore the wondrous worlds of everyone from the Smurfs and Shrek to How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda — all re-imagined through wild rides, rollercoasters and immersive attractions. Plus, budding filmmakers can even discover how movie magic is made on real-life sets at Studio Central.
Contact Details
Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali
   +971 800 2629464

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