The summer is here and it’s time to get out and about. Don’t want to break the bank? You’re in luck as we’ve found a tonne of things for you and the family to do – while saving cash.
From days out at waterparks, to discounts at the city’s top attractions, there’s loads to do. There’s even half off at the world’s longest zipline.
If you’re more in the mood for relaxing – check out our top summer pool days or spa deals here. Want to extend your me-time? Book a bargainous staycation.
For a full list of summer discounts, click here.
Dhs1 Laguna Waterpark entry for kids
Throughout May, kids can enter Laguna Waterpark for just Dhs1 on weekdays. The family-friendly park turns one and is marking its birthday with the special offer (tickets usually cost Dhs99). There’s loads of slides, a lazy river, surf machine and more.
Dhs1 (kids), Dhs99 (UAE residents), Dhs159 (visitors). Offer available Sun-Thu 10am-6pm. Available throughout May. La Mer,
Jumeirah 1, lagunawaterpark.com.
Dhs99 entry to IMG Worlds of Adventure
This month you can ride the roller coasters at IMG Worlds of Adventure for just Dhs99 a ticket, which is a major discount on the usual Dhs300 price.
The offer is valid for UAE residents, with the park open from 3pm to 9pm during May.
IMG Worlds of Adventure is made up of four adventure zones where visitors can transport themselves into the Marvel Universe, the dinosaur-inspired Lost Valley, the exclusive IMG Boulevard and enter their favourite cartoons at the Cartoon Network zone.
With 22 different rides covering 1.5 million square feet, the indoor theme park is the ideal place to spend time with family and friends.
Dhs99 (general admission), Until Thu May 30. IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubailand, imgworlds.com (04 403 8888).
Discounted Privilee membership
Fancy spending the warmer months sprawling out on luxurious private sands and chilling by five-star pools? Beach club membership scheme Privilee has a brilliant Dubai summer offer, and it's an absolute bargain.
It costs Dhs1,499 for three months and includes unlimited access to 47 UAE pools and beach clubs, as well as discounts in hundreds of bars and restaurants. The summer deal kicks in from Thursday May 30, but it's possible to purchase now. Members can also visit 45 five-star gyms free of charge, with discounts in 37 spas and access to 24 kids' clubs for the little ones.
Dhs1,499. From Thursday May 30. For more information, go to privilee.ae.
Explore Dubai’s 48 best attractions for one price
The all-inclusive pre-paid Dubai Pass now comes with access to 15 more activities, bringing the total number of experiences available to 48. You can save up to 60 percent on visits to hot spots such as Wild Wadi Waterpark, Desert Safari Tours, Dubai Frame, Burj Khalifa At the Top, hop-on hop-off buses and more. There are three packages to suit all holiday lengths and interests, check online for more. The more you see, the more you save.
From Dhs425 (adults), Dhs405 (kids). Visit dubaipass.ae.
Edutainment at KidZania
During summer, little ones can access the activity-packed indoor city for Dhs99 only instead of Dhs185. The offer is valid weekdays from 4pm onwards, when kids can enjoy an array of educational yet entertaining activities at KidZania Dubai.
Dhs99. Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu 4pm-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubai.kidzania.com.
Family package at Reel Cinemas
Gather the brood and head to Reel Cinemas on the weekend for massive summer savings. Get there before 1pm with three of your nearest and dearest and you’ll get tickets for all four of you for Dhs120 for either Standard of Dolby screenings.
Dhs120 (for four). Until Tue Jun 4, Fri-Sat, until 1pm. Locations include The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, The Springs Souk & The Pointe, www.reelcinemas.ae.
Free aquarium and cinema access for kids
This summer, kids under the age of five years will have free access to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Reel Cinemas - The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall from Sunday to Thursday. Get out of the sun and enjoy a free day under mall’s glorious air con.
Free (kids under five with a paying adult). Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu, before 1pm. The Dubai Mall & Dubai Marina Mall, www.emaar.com.
Half price ziplining at Jebel Jais
If you’re wanting to make the most of the great outdoors over the next few months, then one of the country’s most compelling adventure attractions has just made it a lot cheaper to seek some thrills.
The world’s longest zipline at Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest point, has slashed its prices for the next few months, meaning you can now experience the 3.8km-long zipline for half the cost – meaning its Dhs341.25, down from Dhs650.
From Dhs341.25. Ongoing. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, www.jebeljais.ae
Head down under at The Green Planet
If you're looking for ways to entertain the kids this month, you can take them straight from school to do something that’s both fun and educational. Students in uniform will enter The Green Planet for free this month and explore all what the bio-dome has to offer.
The offer is valid Sundays to Thursdays from 1pm until closing time for every little one dressed in school gear who's accompanied by a paying adult. This also means that the kids get to experience a favourite, the 4pm red-bellied piranha feeding time at the Flooded Rainforest.
Free (kids in uniform), From Dhs89, free (kids under three). Open Sat-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu-Fri 10am-8pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street, thegreenplanetdubai.com (04 317 3999).
Ice skate for Dhs49
Get your skates on and get down to Dubai Ice Rink where you’ll be able to hit the ice for just Dhs49 (instead of the usual Dhs95). Little ones under 100cm will have their tickets reduced further, to a thrifty Dhs40. It’s the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.
Dhs40 (guests under 100cm), Dhs49 (adults & kids). Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu noon-5pm & after midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiicerink.com.
Keep your Emirates ticket for huge savings
Catching a flight with Emirates this summer, or have visitor who are? Save your boarding card – it’s a one-way ticket to huge savings. The My Emirates Pass offers up to 50 percent off 500 leisure, dining and retail outlets such as Dubai Aquarium, La Perle, luxury pool and beach access, waterparks, theme parks and countless restaurants. Find the full list of outlets here.
Free (must be presented with valid ID). Ongoing. Visit emirates.com.
New two-day pass at Aquaventure
Atlantis The Palm has just introduced a brand-new ticket that lets guests visit the Aquaventure waterpark over two days, and there are plenty of extras thrown in.
The package starts at Dhs290 for kids and Dhs350 for adults, giving access to the attraction's 20 waterslides. Guests also get unlimited rides on the Wave Rider surf machine, access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium and a visit to a shark feeding show as part of the ticket.
In even better news, the two-day ticket doesn't have to be redeemed on consecutive days – it can be spread out over the space of three days.
Dhs290 (kids), Dhs350 (adults). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah aquaventurewaterpark.com (04 426 2000).
Three for two cinema tickets at Novo Cinemas
Fancy catching the latest flick? Until Tuesday June 4, Novo Cinemas is putting on a buy two, get one free offer on cinema.
You can redeem the offer on all ticket types, including the exclusive and "7-star" VIP experience, with food and beverage service to your seat after sunset, blankets, pillows and plush leather reclining chairs.
Until Tue Jun 4, Mon-Wed only. Times and locations vary, www.novocinemas.com
Two-for-one at - Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dig It or VR Theme Park
Experience the thrill of two attractions for the price of one this summer. Pick two attractions from Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dig It or VR Theme Park – for the price of one ticket from Sunday to Thursday at The Dubai Mall and The Springs Souk.
Prices vary. Until Tue Jun 4, Sun-Thu 1pm-8pm. The Dubai Mall and The Springs Souk, www.emaar.com.