Places To Visit In Dubai During Summer

Where To Go in Dubai For Summer

There are actually quite a number of places to visit in Dubai during summer season and this article will highlight some of the interesting places, which was actually visited by me in May 2017. As you already know, summer in Dubai can get really hot outdoors and this story will focus on the indoors. 

The summer season in Dubai starts in mid May till late August, and temperatures can reach up to 45 Degrees Celsius, hence outdoor activities in the day can really take a toll on your body. However, the good people of Dubai has overcome this by providing many indoor places to visit in Dubai during summer.

Places To Visit In Dubai During Summer

On a recent trip to Dubai in May 2017 with Dubai Tourism, my entourage was brought to many of the indoor places around this rapid growing city in the Middle East. It was also my inaugural trip to Dubai as this fascinating city has always been on my travel bucket list, and what an experience this was.
Dubai City
An incredible view of Dubai from the top of Burj Khalifa
My accommodation was put up at the luxurious Address Hotel Dubai Mall, one of Dubai's fastest growing chain of hospitality groups. The hotel is connected to the world's largest mall, the world's tallest building and the world's most impressive outdoor fountain. You can now see why this hotel is so convenient. 

Let's get to the many places to visit in Dubai during summer as this is probably what you would be doing there. 

Summer Experiences in Dubai
Burj Khalifa in Dubai
The incredible Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
Burj Khalifa

This is the ultimate must-do thing when you visit Dubai, going up the world's tallest building which is a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft). The Burj Khalifa is connected to the Dubai Mall and every day, thousands of visitors will be seen here as this is currently the number one thing to do in Dubai.  

The Burj Khalifa was named in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The building was officially opened on 4 January 2010 and holds a total of 17 world records.
Dubai City View from Burj Khalifa
View of Dubai city from the 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa
Visitors have the option of going up to level 124 and 125 for the price of AED125.00 (USD 34.00) and here you can get an amazing 360 degrees view of Dubai and its surroundings. For those who want to go higher, you can visit level 148 at a price of AED350.00 (USD95.00). This ticket gives you an all level pass. 

After going up the Burj Khalifa, I have to say that the experience and view is exhilarating. Especially at the outdoor deck of level 126. Note that during prime hours of 5.30PM to 7.00PM, the price is AED200 (USD54.00). This is for the sunset view. This is highly recommended by me, as it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you can then say, been there, done that. 

Where: Dubai Downtown
Website: Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Fountain
The amazing Dubai fountain, a sight to behold. Image from www.dubaifountain.info
Dubai Fountain

Another major attraction to catch in Downtown Dubai is the amazing Dubai Fountain where at any one time, 22,000 gallons of water is sprayed in the air, accompanied by 6,600 lights and 50 coloured projectors. Water is also shot at an incredible height of 150 meters (500 feet) in the air which is supported by music. 

The backdrop is set with the amazing Dubai skyline, which includes the Burj Kalifa. This fountain is one of the best free attractions in Dubai, and is best seen in the evenings or at night. I would recommend you take the 30 cruise around the fountain on the traditional Arabian Abra boat.

Dubai Fountain Video

Price is AED65.00 (USD17.50) per person as this experience lets you cruise around the lake in the traditional boat during the fountain show. If you have a family, this would be perfect too. 

Fountain Times: 1:00 pm and at 1:30 pm as well as every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 10 pm on weekdays, and from 6 pm to 11 pm on weekends
Where: Downtown Dubai
Website: Dubai Fountain
Dubai Theme Park IMG Worlds
Inside IMG Worlds Dubai
IMG Worlds of Adventure

The world's largest indoor theme park is not to be missed for those travelling with kids. This mega indoor theme park is divided into four zones and two of the four zones represent Cartoon Network and Marvel, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley. In total, the area covers over 1.5 million square feet. 

My visit here was on a weekday, hence there was no line at any of the attractions, making it fast and easy to see the place. In general, you would need at least four to six hours here and some of the rides are pretty exciting. I must have visited all the thrill rides in the park and to me, the most crazy ride was Thor Thunder Spin. My instinct tole me not to do it, but I just had to. The outcome... I leave it to you to try.
Dubai IMG Worlds Theme Park
Inside the world's largest indoor theme park in Dubai
If you are a fan of thrill rides, IMG Worlds has probably the best rides in the region. One of the rides is Predator, an interesting roller coaster located in the Lost Valley. This ride is not for the faint-hearted, that is all I have to say. Another name deceiving ride is the Power Puff Girls Ride in the Cartoon Network Zone.

For the family, there's everything you need in here, including restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and most importantly, an amazing time. As a shopping bonus, you can visit the Dubai Outlet Mall (review below) which is quite near IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai. 

How Much: Adult AED245.00 (USD66.00). Kids AED 225.00 (USD61.00)
Where: City of Arabia, Dubai
Website: IMG Worlds
Dubai Ski World
Entrance to Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates
Ski Dubai

The world’s most exotic indoor ski resort is found at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. If you have always wanted to ski or even play in the snow, this is the place to do it. Who would have thought to build a snow park in the middle of the desert? Well, they managed to do this here. 

Ski Dubai is a indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area which includes a 85-metre-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes, and a 400 meter long ski run. The highlight here is the world's first indoor black diamond run. There is a ski chairlift that will take you to the top of the snow mountain.
Dubai Indoor Ski World
Inside Ski Dubai, an incredible skiing experience and snow world
For those who do not ski, there is a 3,000 square meter Snow Park play area which offers a sled ride, toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave. There is also a penguin area where you can see live penguins. 

For Asians or those who come from countries without four seasons, this is highly recommended as you can experience winter here in Dubai. The average temperature inside is -4 Degrees Celsius and winter clothing is provided, including boots and gloves. 

How much: Snow Park Tickets AED200.00 (USD54.00), Full Experience AED500 (USD136.00)
Where: Inside Mall of the Emirates
Website: Ski Dubai
Museum Etihad Dubai
The futuristic design of the Etihad Museum in Dubai
Etihad Museum

Recently opened in January 2017, this special museum tells the story of the birth of the United Arab Emirates or UAE, and the story of the founding fathers behind this historical moment. This museum used to be called Union House and now officially known as the Etihad Museum.

For those who want to know more about the United Arab Emirates, this is where you should start. The futuristic design of the museum does not give the perception of any museum, but once inside, you will be brought through a historical journey from 1968 to 1974.
Dubai Etihad Museum
Visitors getting information inside the Etihad Museum
Prepare to spend a minimum of two hours here as you make your way through eight pavilions and a very interesting underground museum. There are audio-visual rooms, interesting memorabilia and interactive displays.

Where: Jumeirah Beach Road
Website: Etihad Museum
Dubai Green Planet
A very interesting conservation concept called The Green Planet Dubai
Green Planet Dubai

Perhaps one of the most interesting attractions in Dubai which showcases an amazing tropical forest, and inside a five story building. More of an educational experience, you will find over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree in here.

As I come from a tropical country, I did not expect much, but when I walked in there, it was a whole new world for me. Seeing the massive man-made tree with all kinds of tropical birds on it was an eye-opener, as I have never seen some of these birds in real life.
Dubai Green Planet
Visitors inside the amazing Green Planet Dubai
The concept takes you all the way to the top level where you slowly make your way down, level by level and learning about the tropical rainforest, flora and fauna and the biodiversity. If you have kids, this is highly recommended.

The Dubai City Walk is just next door, and after exploring The Green Planet Dubai, you can continue to explore one of Dubai's modern shopping, lifestyle and entertainment areas. I would recommend you come here just after lunch and then head to City Walk for dinner and some walking about.

How Much: AED95.00 (USD25.00) Adults, AED70.00 (USD19.00) Kids
Where: City Walk, Al Wasl, Dubai
Website: The Green Planet Dubai
SMCCU Dubai
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)

I would have to say that the SMCCU is probably one of the highlights of my trip to Dubai in May 2017. Thinking it was another cultural attraction, I was very impressed with the entire experience here.

This center was actually coined in 1998 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, when His Majesty saw the need to reach out and educate expatriates in the traditions and customs of the UAE.
SMCCU Dubai
Inside SMCCU, guests gather at the Majlis before starting
The openness of the staff here was extremely welcoming as they shared information about the traditional Arabic culture and lifestyle, in a simple yet effective way. In return we were told to ask any kind of questions that we had about the Arabic lifestyle, even if it was controversial.

I raised my hand to ask a sensitive question about how the Arab people dressed, especially about the Burkas or Veils and the Abaya that the women wear. My follow up question was about the Tawb or Dishdash that the men wear, and both questions was answered very well. I now have a much better understanding about the way the Arab people dress.
Dubai SMCCU
A demonstration of Emerati women's attire is openly discussed at the SMCCU in Dubai
Those are the kind of questions that were being asked as we sat in the Majlis or main hall where guests were entertained. While question and answers were exchanged, we were treated to some traditional Arabic food and tea, which made the experience of visiting a traditional Arabic home here in Dubai.

I am highly recommending this experience at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding or SMCCU in Dubai, purely because of learning and understanding the Emirati traditional culture and lifestyle. As a bonus, we were each given the opportunity to dress up in the traditional Emirati attire to take photos. This was such an experience for me.

Where: Al Musalla Road, Dubai
Website SMCCU
Dubai Legoland
Inside one of the rides of Legoland Dubai. Image from Legoland Dubai
Legoland Dubai

I never had the chance to visit this place, but if you are a theme park and Lego lover, this is the place to visit. Located near Palm Jebal Ali, you can bring your family to both theme parks and spend the entire day here, outdoors and then indoors.

There are two parks here, Legoland Park and Legoland Water Park. At the main park, there are over 40 themed rides, shows and attractions in six themed areas. If you have kids, they eat for free. During the summer, the main park is open from 4.00 pm till midnight and the water park is open from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm. 

As a bonus, I would recommend to try The Last Exit, a specialized food truck park which is located near Legoland. Imagine a gourmet food truck park, set in s special area where you can drive through or dine in. Beautifully created and with good taste. 

How Much: AED145.00 (USD39.00) for one park or ARD195.00 (USD53.00) for both parks.
Where: Near Palm Jebal Ali
Website: Legoland Dubai
Dubai Factory Outlet Village
Outlet Village in Dubai
The above are the places I visited in Dubai in May 2017 where my trip was organised by Dubai Tourism and Emirates. This was purely a familiarization trip in order for me to experience the many indoor activities.

Overall, I would have to say that being indoors, especially in the summer is a normal thing for most people, and in the Middle East, the weather can get really hot and humid with temperatures up to 45 Degrees Celsius.

You can also read my other article on summer shopping in Dubai, for those who plan to do a bit of both. There is much to explore, especially at the world's largest mall - The Dubai Mall.

Also, you can fin out more information from the official Dubai Tourism website, as they frequently update the information according to the seasons.

For anyone visiting here from June to August, I hope that this list of places to visit in Dubai during summer will come in handy for you and your family. Even if you are travelling solo, as a couple or for a business trip, there is always something to do here in Dubai. 

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