20 Best Things to Do in Dubai in Summer - 2020 (With Photos)
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Dubai government has taken appropriate steps to curb the spread of Corona virus and keep the travellers safe. With such precautions, Dubai has reopened major, parks, beaches, malls, restaurants entertainment activities and is now safe to visit. However, it is always suggested that one takes proper precautions as suggested by the local government and practices personal hygiene to ensure further safety.

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With a wide array of things to do in Dubai in summer, one can easily find an escape from the high temperatures and make their days here memorable. Whether you would like to spend your summer holiday in Dubai indulging in a variety of adventure activities with your family or you wish to dedicate your vacation to a good amount of beach time and nature, there is no dearth of attractions in Dubai that can help you with the scorching heat.

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From ultra-modern, air-conditioned shopping malls and amusement parks packed with a plethora of experiences to historical landmarks and architectural wonders, there is a lot to see and enjoy in Dubai. Although it may sound absurd, playing with snow in the replica of a winter village is one of the most recommended summer activities in Dubai. The indoor park Ski Dubai lets you experience sub-zero temperatures and snowbound atmosphere while the heat is unbearable outside.

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Places like Dubai Dolphinarium and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo are suitable for tourists who are interested in exploring the underwater world of Dubai. Furthermore, the splashy fun of attractions, rides, and slides at Yas Island Water Park and Wild Wadi Waterpark are a treat for your entire family.

Here are the best things to do in Dubai in Summer:


Enjoy Ski at Ski Dubai

Enjoy Ski at Ski Dubai
Beat Dubai’s heat by visiting Ski Dubai - an artificially created snow world inside the mall of Emirates where tourists can go skiing! This popular activity is one of the must do things in Dubai in Summer as it makes the impossible - skiing in a dessert possible!

Here, tourists can play with the penguins, build the fanciest snowmen, ride onto the Twin Track Bobsled, roll down the snow hill and do everything that is possible in a snow-capped region. Taking the classic chairlift to the top of the snow covered hill and skiing to the bottom must be tried by every visitor!

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Mall

Price: Starts at 250 AED

Timings: Sunday to Wednesday - 10 am to 11 pm, Thursday - 10 am to 12 am, Friday & Saturday - 9 am to 12 am

Also Check: 40 Best Activities in Dubai for Kids

Visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Visit Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Having gained popularity across the globe - Dubai’s Aquarium and underwater zoo transforms visitors into the underwater world without having to dive in. It introduces visitors to the most dangerous and fascinating predators, allows them to feed the baby sharks, and also educates about the organisation’s shark conservation program. The gigantic 10 million litre tank which contains over 30000 aquatic animals is surely one of the highlights of this zoo.

In this aquarium and zoo, tourists can also go cage snorkelling which happens to be a very unique experience! All these activities and attractions make visiting Dubai Aquarium and zoo one of the best things to do in Dubai in summer or even other seasons for that matter.

Location: Financial Center Road 

Price: Starts at AED 630

Timings: 10 am to 12 am on all days

Visit the Burj Khalifa

Visit the Burj Khalifa
The fact that all travel, architecture, design, science enthusiasts or literally anybody in the world would love to marvel at the world’s tallest building makes visiting Burj Khalifa one of the must things to do in Dubai in summer or even otherwise. Standing at a height of 828 meters, Burj Khalifa offers unimaginable views of Dubai from the above the world. At level 124 and 125 are observation desks where visitors get to enjoy a 360 degree view.

124th floor offers thrilling entry to the outdoor terrace while the 125th floor pays tribute to Arab culture and arts. At the base of the gigantic tower, tourists can find dining and entertainment options to keep themselves occupied in fun filled activities. The base also features Dubai mall along with Dubai fountain’s musical performance that has the eyes of every visitor.

Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Building

Price: Starts AED 100 onwards for children and AED 210 for adults

Timings: Open on all hours, on all days

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Go for Amazing Rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure

Go for Amazing Rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure
Thanks to the number of indoor activities at IMG park which save tourists from the cruel hot sun of Dubai; and also makes riding onto the amazing rides here one of the most entertaining summer activities in Dubai. The haunted hotel, Avengers battle of Ultron, Hulk Epsilon Base 3D, Predator, Dino Carousel.

The amazing ride of gumball are a few of the many other rides for tourists belonging to all age groups to enjoy. 

Location: E311 - Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road

Price: Starting at AED 282 for adults and AED 253 for children

Timings: Sunday to Wednesday - 11 am to 8 pm, Thursday to Saturday - 11 am to 10 pm

Also Check: 20 Best Amusement Parks in Dubai

Enjoy Indoor Skydiving at I-fly

Enjoy Indoor Skydiving at I-fly
Indoor skydiving at Ifly is the first ever 10 meters double vertical glass wind tunnel situated in a mall. It is also one of its kind to open in the region and thus attracts tourists from not just Dubai but from across the world.

Since it is an indoor venture, it can be considered as a great option for summer activities in Dubai; especially for sports and adventure enthusiasts who would like to enjoy the virtual fun as well. With complete safety measures wind suit and eye protection, this activity is highly recommended to all visitors. 

Location: 3rd floor,Play Nation Area,City Centre Mirdif Ghoroob,Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road  

Price: Starts at - Adults - AED 250 and Children - AED 220

Timing: Sunday to Thursday - 12 pm to 10 pm and Friday to Saturday - 10 am to 11 pm

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Visit Ferrari World

Visit Ferrari World
Amongst the many other ‘firsts’ that Dubai takes immense pride in stands the Ferrari World - a Ferrari branded theme park that comprises of a number of Ferrari inspired rides and attractions. The park has Ferrari’s largest store and houses 37 record-breaking stimulated rides.

The newest attraction - flying aces features the world's highest roller coaster and appeals for visiting the park, making it one of the must things to do in Dubai in summer. Similarly, here, Formula Rossa is the world’s fastest roller coaster ride that also manages to grab the attention of every visitor!

Location: Yas Island

Price: Starts at AED 290 for adults and AED 250 for children

Timing: 11 am to 8 pm on all days

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Explore Dubai Creek

Explore Dubai Creek
Flowing between Bur Dubai and Deira, Dubai creek holds great geographical and historical importance for the city of Dubai. This seaport is a commercial as well as a tourist hub that remains one of the busiest spots in Dubai today. On the evening of a humid day in the city, visiting this sea creek can be one of the refreshing summer activities in Dubai.

To reach here, tourists can take a water taxi as the mode of transportation and can make the experience all the more special with a dinner dhow cruise.

Location: Dubai Creek Harbour, 10 minutes drive from Dubai downtown 

Price: Starts at AED 250

Timing: 8 am to 11 pm on all days


Visit Dubai Dolphinarium

Visit Dubai Dolphinarium
Home to Dubai’s best indoor entertainment attractions - Dubai Dolphinarium is one park where people belonging to all age groups can thoroughly enjoy. The park carries out several activities for tourists on a regular basis; some of them being - The dolphin and seal show, swim with the dolphins' show and creek park show that make sure to entertain visitors with unique live performances.

The park also allows tourists to swim with the dolphins that enables them to indulge in maximum interaction with these lovely sea creatures and watch them closely

Location: Inside the Creek Park - Gate number 1, Riyadh Street

Price: Starts at AED 400 

Timings: Monday to Saturday - 10 am to 7:30 pm

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Visit Jumeirah Beach

Visit Jumeirah Beach
A white sand beach stretching along the shores of Persian Gulf, Jumeirah Beach derives its name from its district itself, from where it originates. The beach has a number of luxury hotels and resorts in and around its vicinity, most of which offer stunning sea views. The beach is most popular for the “Food, glorious food” festival which goes on for a month and calls visitors from across the globe.

It also includes several food-based games, shows and invites a new celebrity each year to appeal to a greater audience. Situated close to the beach is Jumeirah beach park where tourists can relax amidst lush green plantations.

Location: On the coast of the Persian Gulf

Timings: 7:30 am to 10 pm on all days, except Thursday and Friday

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Explore Dubai Miracle Garden

Explore Dubai Miracle Garden
World’s most creative botanical wonder - visiting Dubai Miracle garden is one of the must things to do in Dubai in summer. The park houses some of the most fantastic botanical carvings of various structures like the Disney avenue, hilltop, floral clock, Umbrella passage and offers tourists breathtaking visual treat.

It is a family-friendly destination and has a number of entertainment activities lined-up for tourists. Some of these include weekly live shows, the trampoline park, music, and dance performances, along with a lot more.

Location: Al Barsha South Third, Dubai

Price: AED 50 for adults, AED 40 for kids of age 12 and below
           free for the disabled and kids of 2 years below 

Timings: Sunday to Thursday - 9 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday - 9 am to 11 pm

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Enjoy Rides at Wild Wadi Water Park

Enjoy Rides at Wild Wadi Water Park
With a total variety of 30 rides and 3 pools created for the entire family, a visit to this waterpark located in front of the famous Burj Al Arab Jumeirah can be one of the best things to do in Dubai in summer to beat the heat! The theme of the waterpark is based on the tale of Juha - the well-known character from Arabian folklore.

The park offers the most exhilarating, wildest rides along with the subtle relaxing ones as well. Master Blaster, Burj Surj, Tantrum Alley, Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, and The surfing experience are some of the most famous attractions of the park. 

Location: In front of Burj Al Arab - world’s 3rd tallest building

Price: The pricing is based on height. AED 310 for people taller than 1.1m 
            AED 260 for people below than1.1 m

Timings: Sunday to Wednesday - 10 am to 7 pm and Thursdays - 10 am to 6 pm 
                Thursday Ladies Night - 10 pm to 12 am, Fridays - 10 am to 10 pm,
                Saturdays - 10 am to 9 pm

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Yas Island Water Park

Yas Island Water Park
With over 40 varieties of slides, rides, and attractions - Yas Island water park is one of its kind parks that houses the world's first and largest ever hydromagnetic powered tornado water slide. This slide extends up to 235 meters in length and accommodates 6 persons at a time. Similarly, the Bandit bomber, yet another thrilling slide is the first slide with laser effects.

On this one rider can set up targets and shoot jets of water, and drop water bombs. Moreover, the park also showcases Abu Dhabi’s heritage with its theme “the lost pearl” and attracts visitors from around the world. 

Location: Yas Island

Price: AED 250 for adults and 230 for children

Timings: 10 am to 9 pm on all days

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Enjoy Sea Cruise in Dubai

Enjoy Sea Cruise in Dubai
As an escape from the scorching heat of daytime in Dubai, tourists can choose from many options of sea cruising which can certainly be one of the things to do in Dubai in summer. The rejuvenating sea cruise takes tourists away from the busy city chaos and allows the calm waves to play the music of their soothing sound in the background.

Tourists can board the 33-foot silver craft called Avorora which is available at the east side of Dubai Marina and sails along the coast of Burj Al Arab. The sea cruise also offers tourists the views of The World Islands and Jumeirah.

Location: Dubai Marina

Price: Starts at AED 950 per head

Timings: All day in different slots 

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Go for Dubai Fountain Lake Ride

Go for Dubai Fountain Lake Ride
Regarded as one of the best activities in Dubai - a ride on the tiny wooden boat on Burj Lake invites tourists to watch the stunning fountain water show - the most popular fountain show in the world. With the lights reaching the sky height in rhythm with the music against the backdrop of the blue sheet, the 30 minutes boat ride by traditional “abra” water taxi is the best way to enjoy the free fountain show.

Moreover, whilst on the boat, tourists can also enjoy the views and marvel at the gorgeous Burj Khalifa from different angles as the boat keeps moving on the lake.

Location: Burj Lake

Price: Starts at AED 80

Timings: 5:45 pm to 11:30 pm
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This theme park has almost everything for an enjoyable holiday escape, such as more than thrilling rides, slides, go-kart circuits, overnight camping facilities, and a tennis court, with maintaining all the high-level safety standards, ensuring safety for one and all.

It has around 30 water attractions, Dreamland also has facilities, such as overnight waterside camping facilities in either tents or cabanas. Also, there is a Mini Zoo and Sporting Facilities. Food is also found in abundance at Dreamland with 5 different outlets, suiting to the taste buds of one and all alike.  The Park is operated all year round with a daily capacity of 5,000 thousand visitors.

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Go for Flyboarding

Go for Flyboarding
Having gained popularity in the recent times, Dubai offers tourists the opportunity to explore the watersport of flyboarding at several locations. Most of these beach destinations have a guide or a training institute that helps tourists excel the sport on the blue waters of Dubai.

Safety measures, gears, and pieces of equipment are also taken care of and provided by these entities to smoothen the procedure of learning and save time. Tourists can try out flyboarding by contacting various service providers. Nemo WaterSports Jet Ski Dubai and Flyboard or Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour being two of the famous ones in Dubai.  

Location: Jumeirah Road 

Price: Starts at AED 650

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Go for Scuba Diving

Go for Scuba Diving
As Dubai has no natural reef, here, diving can be experienced in the gulf. Mussenden has some of the most popular dive sites in Dubai and in order to access this region, tourists have to take a cruise ride. To cater to first-time divers as well as experienced divers, Dubai has a number of diving institutes that train visitors and provide them with a number of diving level packages to choose from.

These institutes are safe to dive with as they have professional instructors who come with years of experience and make sure to take care of all the safety measures under the water.

Location: Mussenden

Price: Starts at AED 250

Enjoy Ice Skating at Ice Rink Dubai

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Enjoy Ice Skating at Ice Rink Dubai
The Olympic sized ice skating rink indeed makes ice skating one of the best summer activities in Dubai to indulge in. It is believed to be the largest and best-equipped skating rink in the entire city and meets hundreds of visitors on a regular basis - both local and foreign alike.

The venue also hosts Emirates Hockey League and provides free seating space. The match can also be viewed from the balconies of the shopping mall.

Location: Financial Centre road, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai

Price: For the standard one and a half hour session - Adults - AED 55, Children - AED 25

Timings: Sunday to Thursday - 12 pm to 12 am, Friday and Saturday - 11:45 am to 2 am

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Visit Dubai Mall

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Visit Dubai Mall
Tourists who plan to visit Dubai for summer vacations are in for a treat at Dubai Mall. The largest one in the world - visiting this mall must certainly be on the top of every tourists’ things to do in Dubai in summer list not only for its size but also for its diversity in offerings.

Except for housing some of the top-notch shopping brands in the world,  Dubai Mall also has some of the biggest hotels and resorts inside for tourists to stay along with many themes, amusement, entertainment parks to keep them indulged.

Some of the most popular ones that also happen to make best summer activities in Dubai include - Dubai aquarium and zoo, Kidzania, Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Dino to name a few.

Location: Financial Center Road 

Timings: 10 am to 12 pm

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Visit Kite Beach

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Visit Kite Beach
Kite beach remains to be a popular beach for all sea lovers, watersports and surfing enthusiasts, especially for kitesurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. The equipment needed for all these activities is available at the beach which makes it all the more convenient for tourists to indulge in these activities.

The beach stretches 14 kilometres in length and is perfect for a morning walk or jog time with a dedicated jog track and play area for kids. Moreover, the stunning views of Burj Al Arab from here are an add on to the experience. 

Location: 35 A - St, Dubai

Timings: Open 24 hours

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