Try something new: 15 fun new things to do in Dubai


From long-awaited openings to fresh dining spots, deals, and places to party, we bring you our monthly round-up of new things to do in Dubai.

1. Check out the new Museum of Illusions

Love trickery and illusion? Then you’ll want to visit the world’s biggest Museum of Illusions, which is now open at Al Seef. The museum boasts 80 interactive exhibits, including a vortex tunnel, rotating cylinder and Ames room, where you appear to shrink or grow depending on your position. Looks like the perfect place to snap a kooky new profile pic…

Museum of Illusions Dubai, Al Seef, Sun to Weds 10am to 10pm, Thurs to Sat 10am to midnight. Dhs80 adults, Dhs60 children.

2. Have a picnic at a new public park

Now that the weather is finally cooling down, we’re looking forward to spending as much time outside as possible – and the lucky residents of Dubai Silicon Oasis now have a lovely new public park. North Park can be found near Cedre Villas, and spans an impressive 35,000 square metres. The landscaped gardens are home to water fountains, a children’s play area, and barbecue pits, and there’s also a new outdoor gym, jogging and cycling tracks, a football pitch, tennis court, volleyball court and skate park.

North Park, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Sun to Thurs 8am to 11pm, Fri & Sat 8am to 11.30pm.

3. Join a new foodie club

Dedicated Dubai foodies will already know about Frying Pan Adventures, the company that offers excellent food tours of Old Dubai. And now the team has just launched a new community programme called “Sufra”, featuring a nine-month menu of limited edition food and culture experiences. Unlike the normal guided tours, these experiences will have more of a community focus. There will be Friday morning breakfasts, road trips beyond Dubai, visits to lesser-known neighbourhoods, interactive cooking demonstrations and more. Check out the full programme here.

Sufra by Frying Pan Adventures, Dhs990 for full nine-month membership, or from Dhs200 for individual events.

4. Catch a film at a new family-friendly cinema

Reel Cinemas has opened a brand new cinema inside the recently opened Springs Souk, and it’s perfect for young film buffs. The six-screen cineplex has been designed with families in mind, featuring a dedicated screen for little ones – Reel Junior. There are beanbag seats for children to sit back and enjoy the movie, while parents can watch in peace from the back row. There’s also a party room that can accommodate up to 40 people with direct access to the Reel Junior screen.

Reel Cinema, The Springs Souk, Level 1, various times and prices.

5. Visit a new indoor street food market

Love street food? Then you’ll want to know about this cool new market which has just opened inside City Centre Deira. INDOORS is a pop-up retail and food hall concept which is home to 16 unique street food stalls. It’s kind of ideal for Dubai – for most the year it’s too hot to enjoy actual street food (you know, on the street), so they’ve moved it indoors. As well as street food, the space also features an entertainment zone with arcade games, karaoke, beanbags, and free movie screenings.

INDOORS at City Centre Deira, Level 2 (next to Sharaf DG), daily 10am to midnight.

6. Soak up the sun at a new beach club

We were sad to hear that boho beach club El Chiringuito was closing its doors, but a brand new offering is set to take its place. Playa Nomade will be a day-to-night party spot, with DJ booths taking pride of place both on the beach and poolside. Although details are still to be confirmed, Playa Nomade are promising a new Saturday brunch, as well as a ladies’ day. The new beach club will open its doors on October 5.

Playa Nomade, Rixos The Palm, opening October 5. Tel: (054) 449 6464. @playanomade

7. Get your adrenaline fix at a new theme park

The wait is finally over: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park has officially opened its doors. The world’s first Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park is home to 29 rides and attractions based around six different lands, and more superheroes and cartoon characters than you can shake a cape at. It’s located on Yas Island, just a little over an hour’s drive from Dubai.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, daily 10am to 8pm. Single-day ticket Dhs295 (Dhs230 for children).

8. Hit up a rooftop pool party at the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Club at Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa has relaunched its ‘Rooftop Soiree’ every Thursday and Friday between 6pm and 11pm. For Dhs175, you get access to The Burj Club’s rooftop pool, where you can groove to sultry tunes while lazing on an assortment of pool floats (hello, giant unicorn). Plus, you get Dhs100 back to spend on food and drink.

The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Thurs and Fri 6pm to 11pm, Dhs175. Tel: (04) 888 3900.

9. Spend the evening at a secret nightclub

FIVE Palm Jumeirah is now home to a hidden nightclub called Secret Room. The new club is accessed via a graffiti-filled corridor for those arriving on foot – but VIP guests will be able to drive their supercars straight into the venue. Yes, really. Here’s the other cool bit – you enter the club by providing your fingerprint…

Secret Room, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 11pm to 3am. Tel: (058) 869 8996. @SecretRoomDubai

10. See a film at a new licensed outdoor cinema

VOX Cinemas has opened a new branch in the movie-themed hotel, Aloft City Centre Deira. The rooftop cinema is licensed, which means you can enjoy a drink while catching the latest blockbuster on the big screen. It also has a retractable roof, so it can be enjoyed in all seasons.

Vox Outdoor Cinema, Aloft City Centre Deira. Dhs75 single seat, Dhs150 double seat.

11. Hit up a new ladies’ night

Fancy sipping bubbly at the city’s tallest bar with your girl squad? At.mosphere, the restaurant and lounge located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, has launched a new ladies’ night that takes place every night of the week. From 9.30pm to midnight, pay Dhs120 and you’ll enjoy a bottle of bubbly and a selection of complimentary canapes. The sought-after window tables are first come, first served, so we’d recommend getting in early.

At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, daily 9.30pm to midnight, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 888 3828.

12. Indulge in sweet treats at a new Japanese bakery

Fans of Japanese baked goods have long been making the trek out to Al Ghurair Centre in Al Rigga for a taste of the sweet treats at Yakitate, and the good news is they’ve opened a second branch down the other end of town, at Ibn Battuta Mall. The bakery specialises in adorable character sweets like Hello Kitty buns filled with custard, and Pikachu cheese tarts. They’re also famous for their light and fluffy Japanese cheesecake.

Yakitate, Ibn Battuta Mall, daily 10am to 11.30pm.

13. Sip on sundowners at a new rooftop bar

A stylish new penthouse bar has opened at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. Called Eve, the concept is inspired by “a wandering beauty whose Gatsby-esque mystique and decadent lifestyle ensure she’s always the source of intrigue”. Perched on the 34 floor of the hotel, the lounge has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a secret room.

Eve, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai Creek, Sat to Wed 4.30pm to 2am, Thurs and Fri, 4.30pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 553 1214.

14. Book a table at a new brunch

Morimoto Dubai is one of the most impressive new restaurants to open in the city this year, and the Japanese hotspot has finally launched a Friday brunch. The brunch is a mix of dishes served to the table, as well as stations to help yourself from – including an unlimited sushi counter.

Morimoto Dubai, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Fridays 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs350 soft, Dhs499 house, Dhs650 premium. Tel: (04) 512 5577.

15. Eat your way around The Dubai Mall

It’s not all shoes and handbags. The Dubai Mall is home to some amazing restaurants and cafes – and so many new eateries have opened there in recent months. You might already be familiar with Lebanese restaurant Babel, which is located at La Mer, and now its cool little sister, Bebabel, has opened on the First Floor of the Fashion Avenue extension. This “casual chic” cafe version offers a Lebanese breakfast menu and all-day dining menu, and serves shisha out on the terrace. Click here for more new restaurants at The Dubai Mall.

Bebabel, First Floor, Fashion Avenue extension, The Dubai Mall, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 362 7500.

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