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The great indoors

You know you’re in the UAE when it’s almost 50 degrees outside yet the choice of entertainment is still overwhelming. The region is, after all, home to some of the most iconic indoor attractions. From the world’s largest theme park to the tallest building, the avenues to explore are endless.

On the 148th level of the world’s tallest tower, 555 metres above the ground, sits the highest observation deck on the planet. From this unique vantage point, Dubai’s varied landscape comes to life, appearing almost surreal. Watch in amazement as the emirate’s historic districts blend into the city’s modern structures against the backdrop of the Arabian Gulf. For an experience unlike any other, visit at sunset and enjoy uninterrupted views of the city that never slows down.

If you’ve strolled along the glamorous aisles of The Dubai Mall, the stunning aquarium has surely caught your attention. While the Dubai Aquarium is a spectacle to behold from the outside, it’s the wonders inside the Underwater Zoo you mustn’t miss. Walking through the underwater tunnel with shoals of rays and sharks floating above you feels out of the ordinary. As you explore further, you’ll be greeted by a fascinating array of marine life.

Get up close with Dubai’s very own tropical wildlife at City Walk’s popular nature-themed attraction. The Green Planet is home to a colourful population of over 3,000 exotic animals and plants hailing from the jungles of South America and Southeast Asia. At the heart of this indoor rainforest sits the world’s largest man-made life-sustaining tree, which helps regulate the tropical environment. But it’s undoubtedly the attraction’s inhabitants who are the biggest draw. Say hello to the sleepy sloths, let the Tamarin monkeys entertain you and meet the highly intelligent bright blue macaws. We can’t think of a better way to beat the heat.

From the prehistoric inhabitants of the Lost Valley to Marvel Universe’s comic book heroes, the world’s largest indoor theme park has plenty to keep the whole family entertained this season. Built around four exciting zones, IMG Worlds of Adventure boasts so many immersive experiences, you’ll hardly miss the outdoors. Meet your favourite cartoon characters, battle it out and save the day with the biggest superheroes of all time and travel back centuries to ride with friendly dinosaurs. 

Under the iconic red roof of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi lies an exciting world of fast and furious adventures. If you’ve always wanted to experience what driving a Formula 1 race car feels like, it doesn’t get any better than this. Adrenaline seekers will love trying out the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, which reaches speeds of 250 kilometres per hour in 4.9 seconds. With several, scaled-down supercar experiences also on offer, including karting and the Junior Grand Prix, the attraction makes for a fun day out with the family.


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