We all know the tried, tested and highly recommended list of things to do in Dubai. Yacht party, visit the Burj Khalifa, go dune bashing and so on…However, there’s a whole host of fun, new things to do in Dubai.
See the city from a new angle at the Dubai Frame
The Dubai Frame has been quietly taking shape in Zabeel Park, until it finally opened to the public in January 2018. This Dubai attraction is not just one of the best new things to do in the city – but, according to The Telegraph, the entire world! Made up of two 150m high towers connected by a bridge (to form, well, a frame), visitors are treated to a 360-degree view of the city – from the newer, more contemporary buildings in the south like Emirates Towers and the Burj Khalifa, to the older parts of Dubai such as Deira and Karama. The Dubai Frame also has its own museum that charts the evolution of the city, from rustic fishing village to the sprawling, innovative metropolis it is today.
Dubai Frame tickets can be purchased for AED 50 for adults, AED 20 for kids, while over 65s, children under three and people of determination can visit for free. As of now, timings for the Dubai Frame are from 9 am to 9 pm, however, it may close early if tickets for the day are sold out (the attraction can accommodate 200 people an hour, with tickets being sold based on time slots).
Test your wits at Jumble
Ever fancied yourself a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man? Do you find yourself yelling at the TV while watching Crystal Maze or any number of other game shows? Have you already been to every escape room in Dubai? Well, this one’s for you! Jumble is a series of different rooms, filled with puzzles that are sure to test you and your team both mentally and physically – we guarantee that you can keep coming back and still not have beaten every challenge! What’s more, since kids aged 8 and upwards are more than welcome, it’s also a fun activity for children in Dubai!
While you can book tickets for Jumble at the venue itself (located on Sheikh Zayed Road), we strongly recommend you buy them online beforehand – this indoor activity is sure to be a huge hit as the weather heats up. Tickets start at AED 155 per person for a two-hour session and go up to AED 199 for a four hour one, both prices inclusive of VAT.
explore a new lifestyle destination at the yard
Following on from the success of Last Exit on the way to Abu Dhabi, Meraas is back with an eclectic new lifestyle destination on the outskirts of the city. The Yard will eventually cover an impressive 2.8M sq. ft and surely be a can’t-miss place to visit in Dubai. Today, head to D89 in Al Khawaneej, and enjoy food trucks, indoor and outdoor restaurants, walking paths, picnic areas, quirky shops and an organic market filled with fresh, local produce. The Yard is also the perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos thanks to plenty of graffiti and murals, retro pick-up trucks, birdhouses and even a windmill! One of the most popular parts of The Yard is their Pont des Arts-esque ‘Promise Bridge’ where couples can affix locks to symbolise their love.
Party the day and night away at Soho beach
Party animals, this one’s for you! As part of the massive Soho Garden project, located in Meydan, Soho Beach is set to inject a touch of Ibiza to the city’s social scene. Despite the name, Soho Beach isn’t actually near any beach – but it does one of the largest swimming pools you’ll see! For those who don’t need the sun to set to have fun will love Soho Beach thanks to the regular (weekly) pool parties during the day, complemented by a fresh and delicious Mediterranean menu and a roster of world-class performers and DJs that will make you feel like you’re visiting a hip Balearic island – without the plane ticket. According to organisers, the main arena of Soho Beach is set to accommodate about 8000 people and will reinvent itself for different music festivals each month.
enjoy some outdoor ping pong at the d3 waterfront
Dubai’s favourite cultural quarter (and home to your favourite UAE property blog) Dubai Design District or d3 for short is the place to be if you want to indulge in the city’s creative scene. Apart from the ateliers, galleries, creative consultancies, unique food and beverage concepts and shops located in d3, the recently opened d3 Waterfront is sure to be one of the hottest free places to visit in Dubai. Overlooking the Dubai Creek, the d3 Waterfront gives you some great and unexpected views of Downtown Dubai and is set to be a popular new events venue. With a skate park, plenty of place to just hang out with friends, ping pong tables and swings – it has it all!
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