In the UAE, mall-crawling can easily be considered a favourite pastime, especially in the summer months. Over the years, malls in the country have developed from shopping destinations to modern marvels. You can find an indoor ski slope, a roller coaster and underwater creatures galore! Here’s a look at what you need to try out on your next ‘shopping’ trip.
You don't have to go far if you fancy a ride on the world's “fastest indoor rollercoaster". Dubai Hills Mall, is home to plenty of Instagrammable backdrops as well as The Storm Coaster. Described as a “multivehicle inversion coaster wrapping its way throughout the entire building”, this is a perfect thrill ride for adrenalin junkies. A single ride lasts a little more than two minutes and costs Dh55.
Dreamscape offers free-roaming experiences in virtual reality that "transport visitors into new worlds". There are a number of adventures to choose between, from the daring and immersive Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure featuring an Atlantis-like lost city, majestic landscapes and wild rollercoaster rides and the deep-dive experience of The Blu: Deep Rescue an underwater swim-with-the-whales outing to MIB: First Assignment a trippy, fast-paced and edge-of-your-seat thriller.
The Middle East’s first indoor ski resort comes with bragging rights. Ski Dubai, which opened in 2005, features five ski slopes, a family-friendly snow park and also a number of fun activities that include the Penguin Encounter, where visitors can spot a colony of King and Gentoo penguins, to the Snow Cinema, where you can watch a movie in sub-zero temperatures with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Undoubtedly a highlight within The Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is currently home to 140 species of marine life. It can be enjoyed from outside but if you happen to venture within, there are a number of experiences to choose between — from a King Croc Encounter to diving with sharks — if you’re brave enough.
Take to the ice at Dubai Ice Rink, the Olympic-sized rink located at The Dubai Mall. As well as social skating sessions, youngsters can practice their figure skating skills, take part in ice hockey lessons and games, and enjoy regular DJ sets.
Sessions can be booked in advance for a 90-minute slot. The attraction can also be rented privately for parties and events.