Indoor options: Fun sans sun
By Aya Lowe,
Looking for ways to escape the blistering summer heat in Dubai? Been to Ski Dubai and the ice rink already? Don't despair. We have picked out some indoor activities that are a little bit out of the box indoor options.
Test your skills at the indoor Laserdrome located at Dubai Autodrome if you fancy yourself a secret agent. With groups of up to 10 players per team, you can choose from a variety of tactical games set against a medieval backdrop. Equipped with a laser gun and a body pad, you’ll be given a hero’s name and a team colour. You’ll have a few minutes to strategise on how to emulate and destroy the enemy’s base before the lights go out and the battle begins, spruced up with smoke machines and music.
How much: Dh140 per person.
Contact: 04-367 8744
Day at the museum
Learn a thing or two about the country you live in by touring the museums of the UAE. Here are five worth visiting.
Qasr Al Hosn museum (Entry: free) Traces the political history of Abu Dhabi’s
Rulers from 1795-1966.
The Fujairah Museum (Dh5) Hosts archaeological exhibits and showcases the heritage of local inhabitants.
The Umm al Quwain museum (Dh4 for 15 years or older.) Gives a rare insight into the history of the region.
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation (Dh5 for adults; Dh10 for family) Displays rare artefacts from the advent of Islam to the present.
The Dubai Museum (Dh3 for six years or above; Dh1 for those under six) Located in Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai. Amongst other things, it features artefacts from excavated graves in the country from the 3rd millennium B.C.
Fun on wheels
Head to Ibn Battuta Mall for ‘Roller Extreme’, the UAE’s first ever roller rink where you can test your skills or roll your way around the series of themed nights, which include a medley of music, games and competitions. Roller Extreme will be held at Ibn Battuta Mall until August 14.
How much: Dh40 for a two-hour session
Test your climbing skills at The Pharaoh Club’s indoor 50ft climbing wall. While not as intense as outdoor climbing, indoor climbing gives you an ultimate goal that is guided by specifically marked handholds. All ages and skill levels are welcome but make sure to wear comfortable clothing. Other equipment such as helmet, harness, ropes and clips will be provided at the venue.
How much: Dh62 for a one-hour class
Contact: 04-324 0000 for reservations. Open from 9am to 6pm from Sunday through Thursday
Why not see Dubai from a different angle and go cruising with Bateaux Dubai? A 56-metre glass-cased boat will take you along Dubai Creek while you are served gourmet meals and entertained with live music. Take a partner or bring friends along; it’s a dining experience where you can enjoy the outdoors whilst staying cool and snug indoors.
How much: Dh333
Contact: 04-399 4994
The Fast and the Furious
The indoor go-karting track at Dubai Autodrome offers something for those who
want to raise their pulse but not sweat it out. The professionally designed
indoor karting tracks are great fun whatever your driving experience. And the
exhilarating experience of indoor karting is not one to be easily forgotten.
How much: Dh200 for a 30-minute session
Contact: 04-367 0744
Cook up a storm
Improve your culinary skills with cooking classes at Park Hyatt’s Traiteur
restaurant. From couples to big groups, enthusiasts can learn the tricks of the
trade from chef Steffen Gube. After working with the finest ingredients, you’ll
have a chance to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
How much: Dh295
Contact: 04-602 1804
Love a good movie but bored by the offerings at mainstream cinemas? Check out The Scene Club, the UAE’s first official film club. As an initiative of Dubai International Film Festival and D-Seven Motion Pictures, the venue will showcase independent films on a monthly basis in order to raise awareness of independent international films. Each film will also be followed by a chat and a Q&A session with the director. You can check out the schedule on www.thesceneclub.com.
The venue also offers various film workshops. for those wanting to take their interest in films a step further.