Splits happen- roll with it…
In Dubai, you’ll find three distinct bowling alley types: bars with bowling, traditional alleys, and mall bowling, all fun in their own ways.
This guide breaks down where to go to clock your first 300. Here are 7 bowling spots in Dubai you need to check out…
The new Wavehouse at Atlantis, The Palm is a fine place for a game of tenpins. The money and effort they invested to elevate the place to entertainment centre level is evident; there’s an enormous bar, a ping-pong area, multi-level arcade games, and soft play area for children – and that’s just inside. Outside there’s more seating, and a massive wave machine. On a recent visit, the lanes were packed with enthusiastic bowlers.
Atlantis, The Palm, from Dhs60 per person. Tel: (04) 4261166. atlantisthepalm.com
The 44, Hilton Al Habtoor City
Fancy a game at the world’s highest bowling alley? You’re in the right spot. Located within an American-style sports bar, you’ll find a double-lane alley complete with pool and pinball tables. A weekly ladies’ night on Tuesdays keeps the lively vibe going throughout the week. It comes with a minimum spend of Dhs300 per group on food and drink up until 7.30pm, and Dhs600 from 7.30pm until 2am Saturday to Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, expect to pay Dhs80 per person per game.
The 44, Hilton, Al Habtoor City, daily noon to 2am. Dhs300 minimum spend. Tel: (054) 5811758. facebook/The44Dubai
Dubai International Bowling Center
The Daddy of Dubai’s bowling centres, DIBC opened way back in 2001 and attracts both the seasoned bowlers and weekend enthusiasts with its leagues, parties and long opening hours. It’s got a whopping 36 lanes, which host nearly 2,000 players every week. You’ll also find a bowling pro shop inside in case you fancy your own kit.
Shabab Club, Al Mamzar, Deira, daily 9am to 1am, from Dhs 15 per game. Tel: (04) 2969222. dubaibowlingcentre.com
Focused on family fun, Mall Of The Emirates’ Yalla! Bowling is a pretty standard affair. The venue has several bowling lanes, arcade machines, and cosmic bowling for all UV-loving neon-ravers. There are 12 lanes that have cutting-edge video simulations so you can really get stuck into the game and see what you’re doing right and where you need to improve. If you’re feeling peckish, well you’re in a mall, so options abound. Be warned: It’s very loud, and crowded with you young children and teens.
Mall Of The Emirates, daily 10am to 2am, from Dhs30. Tel: (04) 3414000. magicplanetmena.com
State-of-the-art technology, 12 lanes, large screens, lights and music: this is the perfect place for a few hours of fun. The venue also includes six billiards tables and a karaoke stage if getting up on stage is your thing. It’s a popular place for children’s parties.
Ibn Battuta Mall, Sat to Wed 10am to midnight, Thur and Fri 10am to 1am, from Dhs30 per person. Tel: (04) 4405961. switchbowling.ae
Dubai Bowling Centre
One of Dubai’s bigger bowling centres, here there are 16 professional lanes. There are also huge projector screens showing movies above the lanes to give you something to look at when it’s not your turn. The in-house food menu can be ordered and delivered directly to your lane so there’s no need to waste time queuing up when you could be working on your technique.
Dubai Bowling Centre, Al Quoz 1, Meydan Road, from Dhs20 per person. Tel: (04) 3391010. bowlingdubai.com
Al Nasr LeisureLand
Just behind American Hospital in Oud Metha is a barebones traditional alley that’s great for families and neighbourhood folks alike. It’s one of just a couple of alleys serving alcohol and truly worth a visit if you want to see retro Dubai, not gussied up with neon signs and interactive screens. Naturally, the place has seen better days and could use some freshening up, but for nostalgia factor it’s still one of the city’s favourites.
Oud Metha, daily 9am to 10.30pm, Dhs120 (per lane for up to six people). Tel: (04) 3371234. alnasrll.com
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