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Dubai attractions: What to see and do this summer

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Hundreds of families from different parts of the world have shifted to picturesque dazzling Dubai to escape scorching heat as summer season kicks in.

There’s no shortage of mind–boggling architecture like Burj Khalifa, superb cuisine, hotels featuring every amenity imaginable, shopping galore and creative diversions to amuse even the most bored billionaire.

Summer is a big deal around the world – a season where lovers of the sun chase sun bathing beaches, the whitest sands and this is the season where beach tourism is at its peak.

The royal builders of Dubai and marketers of the fastest growing city in the world have put together some of the activities you can sample this summer and have spared no expense in making sure this city is unmatched in extravagance.

Indoor Fun

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Opening its doors on 15 August, this behemoth is set to take the crown as the world’s largest indoor theme park, open year-round to keep thrill-seekers entertained.

IMG Worlds of Adventure contains four zones: MARVEL, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard, as well as offering state-of-the-art cinemas, complete with an IMAX screen, and plenty of dining options to keep your energy up.

The MARVEL zone is a must for superhero fans and includes features such as the first ever Ben 10 5D cinema, rides from The Powerpuff Girls, LazyTown Adventure Time and more. Meanwhile, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zone will be home to 69 state-of-the-art animatronic dinosaurs.

The largest of the four zones, it spans a vast 700,000 sqft, and features the external coaster ‘The Velociraptor’, Dubai’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster, which propels you to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds.

SEGA Republic

Lightning slides, laser mazes, drift racing, bobsledding, jungle safaris, and, of course, hanging out with Sonic the Hedgehog: the options at this giant indoor theme park are endless!

With two levels of pure entertainment for kids (and big kids) of all ages, and 170 of the latest amusement, arcade and video games, the hardest part will be tearing yourself away at the end of the day…

KidZania

Children enter this kid-sized city – complete with roads, shops and its own currency – and play make-believe to their hearts’ content. With plenty of professions to choose from, one minute they can try their hand at being a pilot in a simulating cockpit and the next sashaying down a catwalk as a supermodel.

Aquariums

A trip to one of Dubai’s aquariums is a must. Explore The Lost Chambers of Atlantis, where you can play with starfish amid shipwrecks and ruins, or combine a journey through the centre of Dubai Aquarium’s 10 million litre tank with a gawp at King Croc in his Underwater Zoo lair.

Trampoline parks

Dubai is proving to be big on bouncing, with the opening of a third trampoline park.

All the way from Australia, we now have Flip Out, and with 200 interconnecting trampolines it’s the biggest in the region. Flip Out joins Bounce and Jump Boxx where you and your family and friends can defy gravity and work off some energy.

Waterparks To Cool Off

Wild Wadi

Right by the iconic Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s original water park is the place to go for wet, wild, whiteknuckle rides – from the 80km/h Jumeirah Sceirah tandem slides to the tornadoes of Tantrum Valley.

The wave pool, action river and surf simulators keep the thrills coming, and there’s just as much fun to be had in the family zone – just watch out for the dumping buckets!

Aquaventure

Enter a world of thrills, spills and record-breaking rides at Dubai’s biggest water park. Part of the spectacular Atlantis resort on The Palm, you can float through a shark-filled lagoon, take the jaw-dropping Leap of Faith or drift along the Lazy River.

The Splashers play area will keep little adventurers happy, while the region’s longest zip wire offers unbeatable views of the Dubai coastline.

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