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20 Fabulous Indoor Things To Do in Dubai During the Weekend

Don't let the sweltering summer weather stop you from going out, Dubai is packed full of activities to try at least once in your life

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5 June 2023

Last updated on 20 July 2023
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Here is our rundown of 20 of the best indoor things to do in Dubai during a weekend.

Not sure what’s on in Dubai this weekend? As summer is in full swing in the UAE, we’ve got you covered with a guide to the top indoor things to do in Dubai during the weekend, to keep you cool and entertained.

From indoor ice skating and brunches to stunning art shows and musical performances, there’s something for everyone on our list of Dubai weekend activities and events!

1. Cool down from the summer heat at Dubai's first ice café

Located in Times Square Centre, the Chillout Ice Lounge in Dubai brings cool temperatures as low as -6°C (21.2°F) to those seeking to escape the UAE's hot summer weather. Explore beautiful ice sculptures, sip on freshly made hot drinks and snacks, and marvel at the illuminated interiors.

2. Enjoy the sights of Dubai and feel the thrill of a glass slide ride

Take your views of Dubai to new heights with a trip to the Sky Views Observatory, the city's latest indoor observatory deck, brave hanging from a rope while you're suspended high above ground, or experience an exciting adrenalin rush with the glass slide ride.

3. Marvel at an immersive 360° art show

Take a deep dive into the world of art at the Theatre of Digital Art (TODA) in Dubai, where art enthusiasts can expect an immersive digital show, along with the occasional live music performance and wellness session. Previous art features include Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt, and Vincent Van Gogh.

Currently, TODA is highlighting works of the famous but anonymous street artist Banksy, whose provocative art has sparked discussions around the globe.

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4. Meet your favourite celebrities in realistic wax form!

Ever wanted a selfie with Justin Bieber? Maybe get up close and strike your best kung-fu pose right next to Jackie Chan?

Madame Tussauds Dubai features some of Dubai's favourite celebrities and public figures in true-to-life form at their exciting wax statue museum!

5. Attend a beautiful concert by candlelight

Enjoy an enchanting live classical music concert in Dubai illuminated by the soft and gentle glow of thousands of candles (non-flame, for safety reasons). The Candlelight Concerts series by Fever brings indoor musical entertainment in a wide range of themes and dedicated tributes, with previous shows honouring the music of ABBA, Queen, Bruno Mars, popular movie soundtracks, and more. Some shows also feature live dances through ballet and aerial performers.

Their concert themes change every month so there's always something different to look forward to!

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6. Tuck into a fabulous weekend brunch in Dubai

One of the best things about the weekend is a weekend brunch in Dubai! Whether you're looking to let loose at a brunch packed with party vibes, sip on bottomless drinks, or enjoy a gastronomic affair, there's a brunch for every kind of foodie in the emirate.

Check out our guide to the best weekend brunches in Dubai, HERE!

7. Flashback to the 1970s-1980s at Dubai's indoor roller disco

Roller discos are making a comeback, and there's no better place to get all dolled up with 1970s-1980s glam or wear your parents' old wardrobe for a roller skating party than at RollDXB. This indoor roller skating disco rink in Dubai lets you borrow roller skates and protective gear (or you can also bring your own) while you glide and dance to throwback tunes mixed with the latest hits.

RollDXB is open to kids, teenagers, and adults of any skating skill so bring the whole family! Themed events take place almost every month.

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8. A epic day of fun with the family at an indoor theme park

With school summer break right around the corner, Dubai parents will have lots more opportunities to bond and spend time with their kids. Head to IMG Worlds of Adventure for a fun-filled day at the world's largest indoor theme park.

Enjoy unlimited access to themed rides, exciting activities, meet characters from popular children's shows and movies, and much, much more!

9. Keep cool and go ice skating

Stay cool during the UAE's hot summer weather with a thrilling ice skating session at the Dubai Mall Ice Rink. Keep the good times rolling with a delicious meal at any of their Food Courts, watch a movie on the big screen, or...

10. ...Brave a haunted mansion in Dubai

Be prepared to scream and experience a spine-chilling day out at Dubai Mall's Hysteria Haunted Attraction.

Horror fans can face some of their darkest nightmares as they navigate through a haunted mansion filled with dimly lit rooms, dark corridors, and a ghoulish surprise at every turn!

11. Smash the stress of the week away

Had a bad week? We totally get it. Life in Dubai isn't always brunches and good times.

Vent out your frustration and anger at the Action Park's Crash Room, where guests are free to destroy, kick, scream, and release their grudges in a private room. You can choose from a range of packages to smash electronics, glass items, and other items with a hammer.

12. Get up close with beautiful sea creatures

The Dubai Mall Aquarium is home to hundreds of aquatic sea life. Stroll through the underwater tunnel and witness thriving marine life surround you while also learning about the different species homed there.

13. Get creative at a paint and grape class in Dubai

Unlock your inner artist or flaunt your skills at a paint and grape session in Dubai. These creative classes teach you how to transform a blank white canvas into a stunning piece of art, while you sip on glasses of delicious grape.

You can find your nearest paint and grape class in Dubai with our list of painting workshops in Dubai with drinks.

Typically, all equipment and drinks are provided, with some packages offering non-alcoholic beverages for those who prefer without.

14. Experience a one-day snowy getaway in the desert

Snow in the desert? That's Ski Dubai for you, the city's indoor snow park where guests can enjoy winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, building snowmen, taking a zip line or chairlift ride with views, or even meet real penguins! Head to the Mall of the Emirates and book your getaway to Dubai's full-fledged indoor ski resort, where it's winter all-year round.

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15. Stay fit and active while indoors at Dubai Sports World

Every summer season, Dubai Sports World opens its sprawling indoor sports complex at World Trade Centre for people to enjoy exciting fitness activities and other active fun away from the hot weather. Try your hand at basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, yoga, cricket, and more.

They also have an all-new gym experience featuring workout machines and equipment, for both strength training and cardio exercises.

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16. Try your hand at a VR Escape Room in Dubai

Elevate your escape room experience in Dubai to a whole new level with the multi-sensory VR Escape Room at Entermission. Choose from a range of themed locations, while the room uses elements of heat, scent, vibration, and wind to immerse you in this next-generation adventure!

17. Relax and rejuvenate with a weekend spa day out

As they say, health is wealth.

Unwind from the stress and pressures of the week with a relaxing spa trip in Dubai, where you can reduce muscle tension, indulge in a relaxing massage, treat your complexion to a professional facial, and heal with hot oils as well as other fabulous spa treatments.

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18. Enjoy a good book at any of Dubai's public libraries

Dubai is home to several public libraries where avid readers can find a wide range of books available in English, Arabic, and other select languages.

SEE ALSO: A List of Libraries in Dubai for Readers and Researchers

If you don't want to spend on a brand new read, you'll find loads of books in a variety of different genres, from fictional mystery and romance to self-help guides, biographies, and language-learning.

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19. Strike a hole in one at an indoor golf course

Calling all experienced and budding golfers! We know how the summer heat can cook the course to a sizzle, so why not swap out the outdoor fields and play one of the world's favourite sports at any of Dubai's indoor golf courses.

Choose from a funky mini golf experience at 3D Blacklight Minigolf Dubai at The Walk, JBR, or visit MyGolf in International City for a virtual spin where you get access to high-end technology to practice your swinging, chipping, and putting.

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20. Beat your companions at a friendly board game

Board game cafes in Dubai will always keep your group entertained and well-fed. Choose from hundreds of board games, puzzles, card games, and mini party games while you tuck into a scrumptious burger, pizza, sharing platter, finger foods, salads, milkshakes, coffee, cakes, snacks, and more!

Dubai board game cafes you can check out are Unwind, Dice Board Game Cafe, The Six, Hive, Charade, Kefi, and The Workshop. They usually either charge a small fee per hour to play any of their games, or you can play all-day unlimited. Don't worry about whether or not you're familiar with a game, as a game master is usually around to help explain the rules for your table.

Top indoor summer activities in Dubai | Dubai Weekend Activities Guide