Paddle with sea lions
Atlantis The Palm is now offering a sea lion discovery programme with its South African fur seals, allowing guests to wade waist-deep into the water and experience whiskerykisses, cuddles and one-on-one time. As it all takes place in shallow water, non-swimmers can get in on the action, which includes learning about why these creatures are so unique. Those who take part must be at least six years old, and sessions take place daily at 10.45am and 3.45pm.
Sea Lion Discovery Dhs495 (hotel guests), Dhs595 (non-hotel guests). Dolphin Bay, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1030).
The last thing you’ll want to eat in summer is a steaming hot mega meal, so Blue Jade’s sushi offer is perfectly timed. This sushi sundowner offer includes unlimited fresh California rolls, prawn nigiri, salmon maki and more, with the option to include Japanese mixed drinks.
Dhs100 (sushi), Dhs180 (with mixed drinks). Daily 5pm-7pm. Until September 30. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
Jump to fitness
Check out the city’s hottest new sport zone – Bounce, a trampolining park devoted to the art of defying gravity. Play sports including dodgeball or simply jump around and burn off calories without melting. Book ahead online, as sessions sell out fast and walk-ins may not be able to be accommodated.
From Dhs80 per hour. Street 4B, Al Quoz, www.bounce.ae (04 321 1400).
Free cabs to Yas Waterworld
Pile yourself and three friends into a taxi and hit the road up to Abu Dhabi to check out the enormous Yas Waterworld – the Yas Island waterpark will foot the bill for your fare if you provide a valid receipt from the journey, as part of the ‘Me +3 and the taxi is free’ offer, currently ongoing. The park has 45 temperature-controlled rides and attractions, as well as shaded dining and lounging areas.
Entry Dhs240 (above 1.1m in height), Dhs195 (below 1.1m in height). Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.yaswaterworld.com (02 414 2000).
Learn to pilot a plane
Why not go and check out the new Emirates A380 flight simulator at The Dubai Mall, which allows aviation enthusiasts to experience what it’s like to be a pilot in the cockpit of the world’s largest aeroplane. Sessions last 30 minutes.
Dhs350 for 30 minutes. Ongoing. The Village, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.emiratesa380experience.com.
Get fit in the snow
Snow-robics classes are now taking place every week on the slopes of Ski Dubai, with the option to attend class-by-class, or sign up for a full month of workouts. The organisers claim that working out in sub-zero temperatures burns more calories – good news if you’ve been slobbing on the sofa. Classes are Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30am and 9am.
Dhs90 per session, Dhs1,000 for 12 sessions. Ongoing. Ski Dubai, www.skidxb.com (04 409 4090).
Summer membership at Fit Lab
Pay less for your gym package this season – Fit Lab at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is offering monthly membership for Dhs750 per month until September 30. As well as unlimited access to the state-of-the-art gym, swimming pool and classes, members get a free fitness assessment and personal training session, plus discounts on further sessions.
Eat for free at Wild Wadi
UAE residents who visit Umm Suqeim waterpark Wild Wadi and present their Emirates ID will be able to enjoy a free medium-sized meal at Julshan’s Kitchen during their day out. The offer is only valid until Sunday June 15, so hurry down this week. From now until September, visitors can take advantage of Late Night Fridays, when the park stays open until 10pm – even during Ramadan – and on Thursdays, it’s ladies’ night, when no male visitors are allowed in the park.
Entry Dhs275 (above 1.1m in height), Dhs215 (below 1.1m in height). Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 4444).
Talise Ottoman Spa
Pick up a day pass to use the spa, beach and pool facilities in the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel, and check out the Talise Ottoman Spa’s dedicated snow room – literally a room full of snow. Therapists in the spa recommend a session in the room to close pores and improve blood circulation. Day passes for kids include play in Sinbad’s kids’ waterpark.
Day passes Dhs350 (adults), Dhs250 (kids). Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).
From Switch Bowling in Ibn Battuta to the Bowling Centre on Sheikh Zayad Road, the city is quite literally littered with bowling centres (there’s one in almost every mall – and we have a lot of malls). Did you know it costs as little as 10 AED a game or 60 AED for an hour of lane time?
You can also get additional perks by getting a membership or get really serious (or have even more fun with it) by joining a league! Your best bet is to do a google search for the centre located closest to you.
Rock (wall) climbing
It’s no surprise that Dubai is home to one of the region’s highest rock climbing walls. While its an outdoor wall located at the WTC and features a 10m World Cup standard speed wall section, we also have a couple of indoor rock climbing facilities. In fact both PlayMania at Mirdiff City Centre, which by the way is home to Soccer Circus Dubai (indoor as well), and Adventure HQ on Sheikh Zayad Road offer a half hour climb for 50 AED.
I think most of us are familiar with theice rink in Dubai Mall. If you’ve ever passed by it you’ll notice it’s a happening place. And its no wonder considering two hours of public rink time only costs 55 AED. What a great way to cool off, right?
I don’t know if you know about it, but theDUbai CommuniTy & Arts Centre is a little gem located right next to Mall of the Emirates (same parking lot). And it’s actually a great place to attend live productions (like Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), art exhibits and dance productions some of which only cost a little more than a movie ticket at 80 AED. They also offer classes for both children and adults (though these are more pricey of course).