Dubai is all about BIGGER and BETTER. And there’s nowhere better to enjoy the ultimate holiday, full of bucket list activities, family fun and dining with a difference. But there is so much more to Dubai than desert safaris and tax-free shopping. This summer, there is a host of exciting NEW activities and attractions to look forward to so you can upgrade your summer!
Here’s why you should spend your #summerinDubai…
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- Food Truck Fiestas
The newest thing to hit Dubai’s culinary scene is its pop-up and street food trucks with an eclectic range of dishes from burgers to Indian bites. The Last Exit is a one-of-a-kind concept made up of four themed food truck parks spread in unique locations across Dubai. These laidback foodie hotspots are a buzz of good food and good company. We love the Jebel Ali Mad X Park with its “Just for Kids” food truck sporting a friendly monsters theme. Haven’t planned dinner? Take advantage of the All-Day Advantage Minimart at Jebel Ali South – it’s very close to Dubai Parks and Resorts so it’s the perfect spot to stop for a bite to eat at the end of a busy day…
Where: Jebel Ali South | Al Qudra | Al Khawaneej | Jebel Ali North
2. Get Cultural
Discover the 500,000 square foot AlSerkal Avenue – the Middle East’s top arts hub – where you can look forward to private gallery exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions, Young Collector’s Auctions and community-based festivals that celebrate the arts, food and creativity. Feeling peckish? Why not stop by the artisan chocolatiers, Mirzam Chocolate Makers… Or why not let the little ones be creative and enjoy a little DIY painting at TheJamJar?
Where: Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai | GPS: 25.140720, 55.226318
3. The Yard
The perfect spot for a family outing, The Yard is an outdoor spot with a lake, walking trails, farm animals and street art murals to discover. Recently opened to the public, this 350,000 square foot (predicted to be 2.8 billion square foot) urban park has a mix of shops, open-air restaurants (including the Last Exit food trucks) and open space for the little ones to run free. Visit the farmer’s market, make a wish at the wishing well or leave a padlock in honour of a loved one at the Promise Bridge.
Where: Warehouse 74, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai | GPS: 25.142662, 55.224516
4. Dubai Design District (d3)
The Dubai Design District is a creative space focusing on design, arts and culture. Enjoy a feast of cuisine at the various restaurants, from homemade Syrian dishes at Mum’s Table to Michelin standard dishes at Chez Charles Restaurant. Enjoy a little retail therapy at the hub of designer boutiques here – we love Closet Case with its urban street wear and Amato – the UAE’s first global couture fashion brand.
Where: GPS: 25.18629 55.29914
5. The Dubai Frame
Take in the city skyline from the Dubai Frame, two 150-metre high towers connected by a glass bridge. An elevator takes visitors up to the bridge, where you can admire the panoramic 360 degree views over old and new Dubai. There’s also a museum on the ground floor that showcases the city’s transformation from a fishing village to its current thriving metropolis.
Where: Zabeel Park, Dubai | GPS: 25.235579, 55.300345
6. Splash Island at Aquaventure
As if Aquaventure, with its thrilling shark-infested water rides, lazy river and pools of all sizes wasn’t enough, Atlantis, the Palm has launched a brand new attraction within the waterpark. Splashers Island – opened in March 2018 – has a total of seven child-friendly waterslides and a giant ship-wreck play structure for the little ones to enjoy.
Where: Atlantis, the Palm | GPS: 25.133896, 55.119607
7. Dubai Safari Park
Welcome to Dubai Safari Park, an exciting wildlife park home to 2,000 animals of 250 different species from all over the world – and more to come! It’s home to the world’s first “drive-thru” crocodile exhibit and the UAE’s only drive-thru hippo and tiger exhibit! There’s a range of interactive activities to look forward to – can you race a cheetah? Can you gather enough people to make up the weight of an elephant? Test out these fun challenges for yourselves at this exciting family-friendly venue.
Where: GPS: 25.177177, 55.447754
8. The World’s Longest Zipline
Race above UAE’s highest mountain on the world’s longest zipline, spanning 2,200 metres long! The views from the top of the Toroverde are simply astounding but racing along the zipline at speeds of up to 150 km an hour, you may not get much time to appreciate them. It’s well worth the trip out to Ras Al Khaimah, the region’s leading active and adventure tourism destination.
Where: Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah | GPS: 25.947342, 56.144099
9. Mohammed bin Rashid Library
Expected to be finished by mid-2018, the book-shaped Mohammed bin Rashid Library will be one of the world’s best libraries with seven stories of books of all genres and an extensive electronic library. The architecture also holds religious importance – lying on a rehl, a traditional lectern that holds the Quran.
Where: Al Jaddaf | GPS: 25.220873, 55.343866
10. Dubai’s London Eye
Dubai now boasts the largest observation wheel in the world, Ain Dubai located on Bluewaters Island, is set to open this year. This exciting wheel will be able to hold 1,400 people at a time and take a full 48 minutes to rotate all the way around (that’s an extra 18 minutes longer than the London Eye!). Cue the incredible views!
Where: Bluewaters Island | GPS: 25.081358, 55.144067