Al fresco activities to enjoy before the summer hits
Join a bungee competition Dubai’s only bungee jump spot Gravity Zone will be closing in mid-June to avoid the blazing heat of summer, but before it does, you can head down for a final, heart-stopping 160ft leap. On Friday May 9, the Zone hosts its first bungee competition, with categories for men, women and teams – visit the website for more information. A human catapult and zipwires, plus a 300ft bungee are said to be coming soon. Single jump Dhs360, tandem jump Dhs550. Fridays only. Gravity Zone, Power Play Football Center, opposite Dubai Bowling Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.gravityzone.co (056 274 5520).
Have a massage overlooking the Marina Head to The Address Dubai Marina for an express massage in the comfort of a poolside cabana looking out over the Marina scenery. Available on weekdays, choose from an express 25-minute back and shoulder massage, 25-minute foot massage or 25-minute scalp massage. Dhs150. The Spa, The Address Dubai Marina, www.theaddress.com (04 436 7424).
Play 18 holes of golf Not for much longer can you brave a four-to-five hour session on one of Dubai’s championship fairways. While the prices for a round of golf may be keener in summer, they are so for good reason. In the interest of not losing half your body weight in sweat, we recommend getting your hankering for 18 holes out of the way now. Hit the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club – one of the top 100 courses in the world – before refreshing with a cold drink at Spike Bar. 18 holes Fri-Sat Dhs1,100, Sun-Thu Dhs995. Rates until April 30. Emirates Hills, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaigolf.com (04 380 1234).
Glide around the Palm Zoom around the Palm Jumeirah on a Segway. Having provided excursions on two electronically powered wheels in Downtown Dubai since 2012, Segway Glides has now branched out with guided routes around the Palm Jumeirah. Anyone over the age of eight and taller than 135cm can sign up to try their hand at zipping around on a Segway, and groups of up to eight people can head out together. Dhs160 for 30 minutes. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.segwayglides.com (056 146 4093).
Explore the city by motorbike Climb on board a luxury motorcycle with Dubai’s newest touring experience, Flybike Dubai. Honda GoldWing 1800 motorbikes and trikes allow riders to see all of the city’s most famous landmarks while blaring out their favourite tunes from the built-in stereo. From Dhs260 per hour with driver. Locations across Dubai, www.flybike.info (04 360 6867).
Relax at The Beach With dozens of cool new restaurants and cafés, a jogging track, pump track, playgrounds and even interactive columns that visitors can take selfies and email around the world with, this new shorefront complex is well worth exploring, and there’s no better time to do it than now. Parking Dhs20 per hour (first three hours free when you spend Dhs75 or more in The Beach outlets). The Walk, JBR (no number).
Watch films by the sea Head to The Beach’s outdoor cinema lounge to watch movies, football matches and more. While no official operator has been announced yet, you can find the schedules flashed up on billboards around the development throughout the week. The Beach, The Walk, JBR (no number).
Morning yoga by the sea Just launched at The Beach, this morning yoga session on the grass offers early risers the chance to undertake an invigorating stretching session to the sound of rolling waves. Participants are requested to wear conservative clothing, and bring their own mat, towel and water. Free. Sun, Tue, Thu 8.15am-9.15am. The Beach, The Walk, JBR, email@example.com (no number).
Sea lions at Atlantis The Palm Okay, so you can still do this when it’s a little warmer, but you’re going to get a much bigger kick out of an encounter with one of Atlantis’ new resident sea lions if you’re not melting inside your wetsuit. The sea lion discovery session allows visitors 30 minutes in the water with the marine mammals. Dhs595 per person. Sea Lion Point, Dolphin Bay, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 1030).
Paddleboard around the Palm Dubai’s most popular new pastime in recent memory, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has taken the city by storm, dominating Friday and Saturday mornings at resorts all around the coast. From simply renting a board and hitting the water to SUP yoga and Pilates, there are many different ways to get in on the action – and SeaYou offers all of them. SUP tours of Palm Jumeirah from Dhs125. SeaYou, Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.seayou.ae (04 420 6100).
Picnic at Safa Park As part of works to create the Dubai Canal, running from Dubai Creek through Business Bay and out to Jumeirah Beach, parts of Safa Park will be dug up to create a new inner-city ‘beach’. With works due to start after summer, make the most of the city’s best-loved park while it remains in its original form. Pack a picnic or fire up one of the free-to-use barbecue stations that line the perimeter. Entry Dhs3. Al Wasl Road and Al Hadiqa Street, Jumeirah (04 349 2111).
Jump out of a plane When you’ve got some of the world’s top parachuting champions gushing about your local skydiving spot, there’s no excuse to miss out. Try a tandem dive over the Palm Jumeirah with Skydive Dubai before the centre closes for summer. The price includes digital photos and a video of your experience. Dhs1,999. Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.skydivedubai.ae (04 377 8888).
Chill out at Zero Gravity Now operated by Jumeirah, this licensed beachfront hangout at the Skydive Dubai Palm dropzone offers day passes for guests to relax on the shore. There’s also a restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), plus a bar, all perfectly positioned for catching the sunset over the Arabian Gulf. Sun-Thu Dhs150 (with Dhs50 redeemable against food and drinks), Dhs250 (with Dhs100 redeemable against food and drinks), reduced rates for couples and those booking one or two-week passes. Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/zero.gravity.dubai (04 399 0009).
Beach hike with Gulf For Good Challenge yourself with a roughly 13km hike along Dubai’s coast, from Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa in Jumeirah 1, right down to Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Umm Suqeim. Organised by the UAE’s philanthropic Gulf For Good, the hikes are open to all – even if you’re not joining the team on one of their fundraising challenges. The next hike takes place on Friday May 2, and interested parties should email to register their interest in taking part. Starts Jumeirah 1, www.gulf4good.org, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 368 0222).
Kick back at Bay Avenue Park This new, immaculately landscaped stretch of green runs along one half of Bay Avenue and Executive Towers in Business Bay and holds gym equipment as well as a bouncy jogging track. There is also a children’s playground, plus a smallish cement skatepark, which is often packed with young skaters throwing high fives as they try and execute nollies and kick flips while impressing their friends and passersby. Bay Avenue Park, Business Bay (no number).