Top 8 Attractions To Visit In Dubai During Summer

Dubai is no doubt one of the United Arab Emirates’ top holiday spot. This urban city of skyscrapers and shopping malls has successfully transformed from a desert outpost to a popular destination, where tourists flock for sales bargains, sunshine, and loads of family fun. Dubai is famous for sightseeing attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes. There are lots of amazing attractions but we are here to narrow it Top 8 attractions to visit in Dubai during summer. 

1. IMG World of Adventures: World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park

The IMG World of Adventures is a place that one must visit when travelling to Dubai, especially since the indoor amusement park is not only the perfect destination for families and friends to enjoy but also a spot for amazing photos and memories to be taken and build. 

The park features many thrilling adrenaline-pumping rides that are based on the iconic MARVEL Super Heroes, which includes The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the Avengers. The Velociraptor ride was one joy of a ride. Even a person like me who is afraid of heights found it fun (Writer: Kaviel Teo). It was both a shocking and thrilling experience as it’s the only semi-indoor ride that takes you out for an adventure. You’ll be able to enjoy the scenic view outside with numerous twist and turns for that few minutes. It is a ride that is definitely worth queuing for!

Not forgetting the prehistorical experience that takes you back to the dinosaur era. The life-like dinosaurs in the “Lost Valley –  Dinosaur Adventure Zone” are bound to surprise you.

What’s more? This huge theme park even takes you back to your childhood days where Cartoon Network was what we will all be excited about when we turn on our television. Get ready to have your mindset change from all those cartoon characters that we once thought were simply cute. The one word to best describe those themed rides is “WOW!” The Powerpuff Girls ride takes you spinning around in the air, which totally changes that “soft-hearted perception” we had of those crime-fighting girls.

Shop for your favourite plushie collectables

No doubt the entire park’s attractions will definitely keep you occupied for many hours but shopping & dining are the side-lines that we can never make do without. Therefore, the park also provides an extensive range of retail outlets and dining options to choose from. Therefore, the IMG Worlds of Adventure is the best theme park that brings imagination to life 365 days of the year.

Ticket Prices

Park admission: AED245
Junior admission (under 1.2m in height): AED225
Children (under 1.05m in height): Free
Senior Citizens (over age of 60): AED150

Guests with Disabilities:
Above 1.2m in height: AED150
Under 1.2m in height: AED100

Buy a ticket to the theme park between May 27th & June 22nd and receive a complimentary AED$50 food voucher. Just present your Emirates ID with your ticket at the ticketing counter when entering the park to redeem the voucher. Click here to buy nowAnnual Pass: AED1295 – (Terms and Conditions apply.)

Operating hours

Opening hours during the month of Ramadan (May 27th to June 24th) **: 1pm to 10pm(Sun – Wed) & 1pm – 11pm (Thurs – Sat)

Opening hours after June 24th: 11am to 9pm(Sun – Wed) & 11am – 10pm (Thurs – Sat)

*Opening hours are subject to change. Closing times indicate the time the queue closes.

Lockers

Convenient storage lockers are available at the park entrance.

Small: AED45 per day | Large: AED55 per day | Jumbo: AED60 per day

Ride lockers are available at the Velociraptor, Predator and Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge rides (AED10 per hour). Loose articles will not be permitted on rides.

**Dates may vary. *Attraction Queues will close at park closing time (not the ride) except for the Haunted Hotel which has limited capacity and will close approximately 2 hours before the park closes if the queue line reaches its maximum capacity.

Getting there / transportation

IMG Worlds of Adventure is located on E311 (Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road – near Arabian Ranches, next to Global Village), in the heart of Dubai. A taxi and private coach area are conveniently close to the entrance.

Arriving by Public Transport

IMG Worlds of Adventure does not currently have a direct connection via the Metro; however, for guests staying in Dubai, it is recommended to travel there by taxi via the following Metro stations;

  • The Dubai Mall Approximately 25KM
  • Mall of the Emirates Approximately 30KM

From there on, take a taxi for the short remaining distance. With an onsite Taxi area at IMG Worlds of Adventure, you can get a Taxi at any point during park hours when you have finished your epic adventure!

Arriving by Air (Airport locations)

IMG Worlds of Adventure is within easy reach of two international airports within Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport-DWC Approximately 50KM and Dubai International Airport-DXB Approximately 30KM

From Abu Dhabi

Guests visiting Abu Dhabi may find themselves even closer than they may have expected! Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi – 120KM – shouldn’t take more than 1 hour 15 minutes’

2. Mall of the Emirates: Shopping is just the beginning

If shopping is one thing that you simply cannot resist when you’re overseas, simply wander into the Mall of the Emirates, the world’s first shopping resort. It is located at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed Road. The multi-level shopping centre features around 630 international brands with a total area of 233,467 sqm including department stores, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing outlets and the largest Carrefour in the city.

The Mall of the Emirates also houses a few exciting entertainments, which includes the Magic Planet family entertainment area, a 14-screen VOX Cinemas, the world-renowned Ski Dubai – the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park, the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) and more than 90 international dining and café outlets

This luxurious mall also houses more than 80 of the world’s most renowned designer brands in Fashion Dome and Luxury Wing. For the convenience of guests, the mall has two adjoining hotels: the 5-star Kempinski Mall of the Emirates and the 5-star Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road,  4th Interchange, Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha, Dubai Landmark: Adjacent to Kempinski Hotel, Zip Code: 72999, City of Dubai | Phone Number: +971 4 4099000

3. The Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain Lake Abra Ride

The Dubai Fountain Lake Abra Ride gives you front row seats to the best show in town. A spectacular feat that will leave you mesmerised by its fascinating performance.

Simply set sail on the ultimate ride on the Burj Lake, home to the world’s largest performing fountain – 900ft long with water jets that shoot up to 500ft in the air, as high as a 45-storey building. It features a visual spectacle using 25 coloured projectors, 6,600 lights and 22,000 gallons of airborne water. You’ll get to enjoy the stunning choreography of water and light synced with Arabic, classical, pop, Chinese, and other music available in the world.

Opening Hours: 5.45 pm – 11.30pm (Daily). The last boat departs 30 minutes prior to closing | Tickets: AED$65/person | Click To Buy Tickets

The ticket counter and the Abra Bay are located at the Waterfront Promenade of The Dubai Mall, and at “At the Top, Burj Khalifa” and can be conveniently reached by visitors.

Dubai Fountain Schedules

Afternoon Shows: 1pm & 1.30pm Daily | Evening Shows: 18:00 to 23:00 Daily (Every 30 Minutes) *Please note that Fountain show timings may vary on the specific day’s prayer times.

4. The Green Planet Dubai

Take a sneak peek at the immersive vertical tropical forest that houses a world of exotic flora and fauna. The vast diversity of plants, animals and insects make this one of the most interesting indoor tropical forest ever.

You’ll have to see it to believe it yourself. The entire experience is one of the most recommended activities to include in your itinerary during the scorching summer in Dubai. The cool interiors and the scenic atmosphere is the best way to not only escape from the heat but also to experience first-hand, the tropical climate experience.

Opening Hours: 2pm – 12am (Fri & Sat) & 6pm – 12am (Sun – Thurs) | Click To Book Your Tickets

5. The Palace Downtown Dubai

The Palace Downtown Dubai is not only famous for its scenic spot for iconic photos but it is also known for its comfort. It is a city resort in the heart of Downtown Dubai described as ‘The Centre of Now’, which has spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites that feature captivating Middle Eastern themes. The Palace Downtown also has a wide selection of food and beverage options from across the globe to choose from. 

The hotel’s interior is posh and its service is commendable. The buffet there is definitely worth trying, especially their Arabian nights where dancers will surprise you with their amazing dances at specific timings during dinner.

If you’re interested in exploring the vicinity late at night, you might be in for a surprise along the way. However, the route outside takes quite a while but if you’ll like to stop by different places to take some photos, it will be worth the walk.

Address: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates | Phone: +971 4 428 7888 | Direction: Shortest route is accessible through The Dubai Mall (Follow the signage available)

6. Ski Dubai

Heading to an icy cool place is a wise choice during the intense hot Summer period in Dubai. Ski Dubai, located in the Mall of the Emirates, is an indoor snow park that spans a total area of 3,000m2, filled with 22,500m2 of snow, which is maintained at a comfortable temperature of 1°C to 2°C.

This Snow Park is suitable for the entire family to enjoy as there are many fun-filled activities such as the Twin Track Bobsled runs, Snow Cavern filled with interactive experience, Tobogganing Hills, Giant Ball, chairlift ride, snow penguins, snow bullet, snowboarding and the most interesting activity of all, skiing.

Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates | Operating Hours: 10am – 1am | Toll-Free Contact: +971 800 386

7. The Outlet Village Dubai

The Outlet Village is an upscale indoor retail destination, which offers a unique value shopping experience for the most iconic international fashion brands in a distinctive and stunning environment. It is located on Jebel Ali Road, adjacent to Dubai Parks and Resorts (just off on Sheikh Zayed Road).

The Outlet Village, spanning over actual 25,000 square feet with a projection to expand shortly to 3 million square feet by 2018, is convenient located between both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, making it the ideal shopping destination for modern day fashionistas to pick up their favourite clothing.

The Outlet Village’s iconic architectural design takes inspiration from the picturesque medieval Italian hill town of San Gimignano and UNESCO World Heritage site located in Tuscany. Its authentic and bespoke craftsmanship gives it an overall classic European heritage feeling.

This village mall currently houses over 125 luxury retail brands, including three department stores, international dining and a plethora of brands such as DKNY, Dunhill, Armani, Coach and much more. The upcoming expansion will increase the total number of luxury international brands to 450.

Take an amazing shot at this spot at the end of the mall! It’s definitely worth it to head down there as there are many offers, deals and cash back rebates awaiting for you there.

Address: Jebel Ali, Near Dubai Parks and Resorts – Dubai – United Arab Emirates | Phone: +971 4 317 3999 | Opening Hours: 10am – 12am

8. The Last Exit – Relatively Near To The Outlet Village

Indulge yourself in an ultimate Gourmet street food experience at the Last Exit. It is a drive-thru concept that allows you to either get a quick bite on the go or dine it at the indoor and outdoor seating available. It is located ideally between Dubai & Abu Dhabi on Jebel Ali Hill on Sheikh Zayed Road. The Food Truck Park is a unique way of inculcating a fun yet inclusive environment for locals and peers to enjoy. It also houses numerous fun activities that allow you to bring a souvenir or two if the conditions are met.

Not forgetting the numerous international food snacks available at the Food Truck Park such as the Big Smoke Burger, POP!, Poco  Loco, Burger Pit and much more. I would definitely recommend the POP! Burgers as they are famous for their rainbow burgers that give it an overall twist to the dining experience.

The entire structural design for this entire park is simply amazing, every detail were taken into account in ensuring that this experience can only be found in Dubai. Even their toilets are uniquely designed! Head there yourself to take a look, I shall not spoil the fun!

Getting there

Abu Dhabi – Ghweifat International Hwy, Dubai – United Arab Emirates E11! Last Exit is ideally located with convenient access from Sheikh Zayed Road – just after interchange 11, direction Dubai. During Ramadan they’re open daily – 24/7 for non-fasting customers and restaurants are available during fast times.

We hope you find this article useful, we had fun experiencing all that Dubai has to offer. Share your experience with us in the comments section below. Have fun and see you in Dubai!

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