9 things to do in Dubai after dark

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There’s no excuse to stay in once the sun goes down…

It might be getting too hot to head outdoors by day, but there’s still plenty of activities to make the most of after dark. From gyms that are open 24 hours to glowing gardens, cultural tours, desert safaris and moonlight spa experiences, there’s lots to do in the city that never sleeps.

Here are 9 things to do in Dubai after dark.

Test your skills with glow in the dark golf

While we’re no longer heading to JBR to hit the beach, head indoors to 3D Backlight Minigolf where it’s dark no matter what time of the day. Split into three rooms, you’ll make your way around themed mini-golf rooms lit up with 3D, neon paintings to further test your skills. 

3D Backlight Minigolf, Bahar Plaza, JBR, daily 12pm to 1am, Dhs110. Tel: (04) 565 7621. 3d-backlight-minigolf.ae

Explore Dubai with Frying Pan Adventures

One of the best ways to experience Dubai after dark is by joining a food tour with Frying Pan Adventures. You’ll explore the older, less glitzy areas of Dubai, from the souks around the Creek to the hole in the wall cafés. There’s several tours available, but the four-hour Middle Eastern food pilgrimage will take you around the hidden streets of Deira by dark, to feast on lesser known dishes of Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Iran.

Frying Pan Adventures, Deira, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, every other Wednesday and Saturday through June, Dhs395. Fryingpanadventures.com

Learn to dive in the dark

Already an experienced diver? Take it to the next level with Al Boom Diving, who offer a PADI night diving course which includes three night dives with a dedicated instructor, and can be completed from Jumeirah Beach or Al Aqah Beaches (East Coast). You’ll learn light handling and communication techniques, how to enter, exit and navigate in the dark, and identify how plant and animal behaviours change by night.

Al Boom Diving, Street 26, Al Quoz, Dubai, night diving course Dhs1470. Tel: (04) 341 4940. alboomdiving.com

Cool off at an ice park

This could well be Dubai’s “coolest” attraction. A winter-themed park opened inside Dubai Garden Glow in Zabeel Park in 2018, with a number of sculptures made of ice including a frozen Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and of course, a camel or two. The park is maintained at a chilly -8 degrees, but don’t worry – coats are provided.

Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Park 2, daily 4pm to 12am, Dubai Garden Glow, Dhs60, extra Dhs40 for entry into the ice park. Facebook.com/DubaiGardenGlow.

Dine in the dunes

Arabian Adventures hosts year-round private dune dinner experiences perfect for impressing a significant someone. It comes with a pick up in a 4×4 to take you out to the desert, falcon viewing, camel ride through the dunes, traditional Arabic dinner in a Bedouin tent and the opportunity for some stargazing away from the bright city lights.

Arabian Adventures, Dubai conservation desert, daily at sunset, Dhs1790. Arabian-adventures.com

Swim by moonlight at the Burj Al Arab

At Dubai’s 7 star hotel, the moonlight swim package offers an evening of sheer luxury, 155 metres above the ground. It includes a 55-minute massage for two and a dip in your own infinity pool adorned with rose petals, set against a soundtrack of personalised music and a beverage in-hand. You’ll be gifted a lush white checkered robe at the end, so you’ll be reminded of your luxury time at one of Dubai’s most infamous hotels. Be warned: it comes with a pretty hefty price tag for the privilege.

Burj Al Arab, JumeirahBeach Road, Dubai, Dhs7,000. Tel: (04) 3017365. jumeirah.com

Cruise by night

Bateaux Dubai is an elegant, glass-enclosed vessel that offers a real fine-dining experience. Boarding starts from 7.45pm, and you’ll be offered a welcome drink as you settle in at your table. This is proper white-tablecloth, amuse-bouche, sorbet-between-courses fine-dining. And it really is lovely. It’s a slow, gentle cruise, which means you have time to take in the twinkling night-time views of Old Dubai. Between courses, you can wander up to the rooftop to get the best vistas.

Bateaux Dubai, Al Seef (opposite the Consulate of Kuwait), daily 8pm to 10.30pm, from Dhs295. Tel: (04) 814 5553. reservations.bateauxdubai.com

Find your zen with full moon yoga

There’s nothing quite like finding your zen under the stars, and while Dubai has a whole host of options, the monthly class by Fairmont The Palm is one of our favourites. The resort welcomes both male and female guests to an hour long intermediate yoga session followed by 30 minutes of meditation on the resort’s white sand beach – there will be healthy refreshments for the evening too. The 90-minute event will be led by the in house yoga instructor, and the next one is June 15.

Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 8pm, June 15, Dhs85 single, Dhs150 couple. Tel: (04) 457 3517. fairmont.com/palm-dubai

Work up a sweat

Can’t sleep at 3am? Prefer to work out when there’s no one else in the gym? GymNation in Al Quoz, is open 24 hours, so you can work up a sweat whatever hour of the day you find yourself with a spare hour. Memberships start from a value Dhs199, and include access to over 200 classes.

Gymnation, Al Quoz, Dubai, open 24 hours, memberships from Dhs199. gymnation.ae

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