Fun ways to keep cool and have fun in the city

02. Ride a roller­coaster

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It’s that time of year when air-con­di­tion­ing units are your very best friend. From in­door ac­tiv­i­ties to sum­mer-friendly ter­races, here’s our pick of the best un­der­cover fun in town.

01. Tackle a new bouncy ob­sta­cle course

Bounce has just launched its epic new X-Park Ad­ven­ture Chal­lenge. The in­door ob­sta­cle course has 16 dif­fer­ent el­e­ments – think bouldering walls, tram­po­lines, a zip line and more. It’s Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior, on tram­po­lines.

aAl Quoz, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur 10am to mid­night, Fri 9am to mid­night, Sat 9am to 8pm, Dhs80. Tel: (04) 3211400. Taxi: Al Quoz. bounce.ae The world’s largest in­door theme park is full of Car­toon Net­work, Mar­vel and IMG-cen­tred en­ter­tain­ment. There are sum­mer deals to be had, too.

aSheikh Mo­hammed Bin Zayed Road, near Global Vil­lage, Dubai, daily 1pm to 10pm, Dhs245. Tel: (600) 500962. Taxi: Global Vil­lage. img­worlds.com

03. Drag race your mates (safely)

Chal­lenge your friends to a few laps around Kart­drome’s 620-me­tre in­door track. All karts are linked up to smart soft­ware that pro­vides live tim­ings on the big screens.

aDubai Au­to­drome, Mo­tor City, Dubai, daily 9am to 11.30pm, Dhs110. Tel: (04) 4361422. Taxi: Mo­tor City. duba­iaau­to­drome.com

04. Sip on some­thing cold in a green­house

The out­door ter­race at Treehouse trans­forms into the Green­house over sum­mer. Guests will find a huge air­con­di­tioned glass tent lit up by fairy lights, mak­ing it the per­fect evening re­treat.

aTaj Ho­tel, Busi­ness Bay, Dubai, daily 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4383111. Taxi: Taj Ho­tel. tree­house­dubai.com

05. Take your dog for a stroll

The pave­ment might as well be hot lava for our four-legged friends in sum­mer. Luck­ily, My Sec­ond Home, the big­gest in­door dog park in the re­gion, is the best place for your pooches to have a runaround. Spread across an area the size of 18 ten­nis courts, with two-thirds in­side, there’s also a lux­ury pet re­sort and spa, play area, day­care, train­ing and groom­ing ar­eas.

aStreet 29, Dubai In­vest­ment Park, Dubai, daily 8am to 8pm, Dhs50 for dog park. Tel: (04) 8818002. Taxi: Dubai In­vest­ment Park. my­sec­ond­home­dubai.com

06. Eat in the desert with­out pass­ing out

It’s touted as an out­door desert restau­rant, so a din­ner at Al Had­heerah doesn’t sound par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing in swel­ter­ing heat. How­ever, the crafty team have swathed the space in fab­ric and cre­ated an air-con­di­tioned tent to house their ex­ten­sive Ara­bic buf­fet and live en­ter­tain­ment for the com­ing months.

aBab Al Shams Desert Re­sort & Spa, near En­durance City, Dubai, daily 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 8096194. Taxi: Bab Al Shams. mey­dan­ho­tels.com

07. Just keep swim­ming

Avoid those harsh sum­mer rays, but don’t forgo your daily swim at this eight-lane, 50-me­tre Olympic size swim­ming pool – sur­rounded by a grand­stand for spec­ta­tors to cheer you on. The day pass (Dhs50) at FitRepub­lik in­cludes ac­cess to the en­tire fa­cil­ity: pool, gym, more than 350 stu­dios classes, MMA fa­cil­i­ties, grap­pling and wrestling mats, the cage and gymnastics fa­cil­ity.

aFitRepub­lik Fit­ness Cen­tre, Sports City, Dubai, Sat to Thur 5.30am to 11pm, Fri 5.30am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 5561800. Taxi: The Acad­e­mies, Sports City. fitrepub­lik.com

08. Brunch at Barasti

Dubai’s ubiq­ui­tous beach bar might be bet­ter known as the go-to spot for Fri­day tan­ning on the beach, but it’s a dif­fer­ent story in the sum­mer. Barasti be­comes The Lost World, a rain­for­est and wildlife themed ‘jun­ga­low’ un­der­neath a huge glass tent cov­er­ing the en­tire mid­dle deck – with the air con­di­tion­ing on full blast at an agree­able 22 de­grees. Best of all, start­ing Satur­day July 1, Barasti is host­ing its Wild Thing brunch in­side The Lost

09. Putt and glow

Keep cool, play golf and glow in the dark. The in­door, flu­o­res­cent­drenched golf course is part putt-putt, part sci­ence fic­tion with ex­tra ter­res­trial mod­els dot­ted around the air-con­di­tioned room.

aWafi Mall, Umm Hu­rair, Bur Dubai, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thur and Fri 10am to mid­night, Dhs75. Tel: (04) 3573290. Metro: Dubai Health­care City. tee­and­putt.com World with ex­ten­sive food there are five five-aop­tions and house drinks side foot­ball pitches, be­tween 2pm and 5pm. with FIFA two-star aLe Méridien Mina Seyahi as­tro-turf. Book a pitch Beach Re­sort And Ma­rina, Sat with friends or join in on one brunch 2pm to 5pm, ladies of the tour­na­ments.

Dhs175, gents Dhs250. Tel: aAl Wasl Sports Club, (04) 3181313. Taxi: Mina Jaddaf, Dubai, daily 9am to Seyahi. barastibeach.com mid­night, Dhs400. Tel: (800) 56672. Taxi: Al Wasl Sports Club. kooradome.com

10. Try a skate park

Did you know Dubai Sports World has a skate park? The ul­ti­mate sum­mer sports hub is a haven for any­one want­ing to stay fit in the hot­ter months, and has ev­ery­thing from rugby pitches to tram­po­lines. Un­til Septem­ber 2

aWorld Trade Cen­tre, daily 8am to 11pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3064000. Metro: Trade Cen­tre. dubais­portsworld.ae

11. Play foot­ball in­doors

At the city’s first air­con­di­tioned dome in Al Jaddaf,

12. Rock climb in­side

It’s been a good year for Dubai’s climb­ing com­mu­nity, thanks to the open­ing of Moun­tain Ex­treme. The new in­door climb­ing and bouldering fa­cil­ity is the largest of its kind in Dubai, with around 60 bouldering and 70 climb­ing routes. If you haven’t tried it yet, use the sum­mer to take up a new sport.

aCap­i­tal Golden Tower, Al Khaleej Al Te­jari Street, Busi­ness Bay, Dubai, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 4466080. Taxi: op­po­site Sobha Sap­phire Tower. mt­nex­treme.com

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