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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 April 2019

9 things to do when it's raining in the UAE

From theme parks to crafting and a dose of culture – how to stay entertained when it's raining in the emirates

Rainy weather is expected to continue in the UAE. Courtesy Tara Atkinson
Rainy weather is expected to continue in the UAE. Courtesy Tara Atkinson

The rain is showing no signs of easing up in the UAE this weekend, so whether you live in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or the Northern Emirates, there is plenty to keep you entertained, whatever the weather ...

1. Treat yourself to a spa day

Whether you go all out and check in for a full-day package, or just treat yourself to the odd treatment, there is no better reason to lock yourself away for some R&R than a rainy day. For the next month, Jasmine Spa at Grand Millennium Dubai is offering five different massage treatments for Dh750. Choose between the Jasmine Aroma Massage, a Balinese massage, Swedish massage, sports massage, Thai massage, hot stone massage, back neck and shoulder massage, reflexology, head massage and couple's massage and more. Plus, you can then enjoy day access to the spa’s sauna and steam room facilities.

Alternatively, for some low-key relaxation, head to a salon like Tips and Toes (with outlets across the UAE). The home-grown chain is currently offering up to 40 per cent off selected beauty packages or treatments booked online. Facials start at Dh157 and eyelash extensions start at Dh394.

Five treatments for Dh750 at Jasmine Spa at Grand Millennium Dubai, 04 423 4112, www.millenniumhotels.com; Tips and Toes, located across the UAE, www.tipsandtoes.com

2. Go to a theme park

Around the world, theme parks tend to be an outdoorsy affair, with excursions called off when the clouds come rolling in. The same is not true of the UAE. Both Warner Bros World in Abu Dhabi and IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai are expansive indoor theme parks, with rides and entertainment to thrill every member of the family.

Tickets for Warner Bros World, Abu Dhabi, start at Dh230 for kids and Dh295 for adults, www.wbworldabudhabi.com, and IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai, start at Dh255 for kids and Dh285 for adults, www.imgworlds.com

3. Challenge yourself at an escape room

Hit up an escape room for the day, and there are plenty around the UAE. In Abu Dhabi try Sharda at Dalma Mall. Sharda (an Emirati word for escape) offers challenges that will see you get kidnapped, washed up on a desert island and more. You have 60 minutes to try and crack the code. In Dubai, head to TEPfactor in Jumeirah Beach Residence, which offers a variety of different physical and mental challenges. Thrill seekers should go to Phobia, which has two locations in Dubai's Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The Dark Room, in the Red Diamond Building, is said to be a particularly terrifying experience.

Sharda, Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi, open daily from 10am, from Dh90 per person, www.sharda.ae; TEPfactor, Bahar Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, open daily from 10am, from Dh79 for kids and Dh99 for adults, http://www.tepfactor.ae; Phobia, X1 Tower and Red Diamond Building, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, open daily from 11am, from Dh115, www.phobia.ae

4. Netflix and chill, for real

Get on the sofa and don't move, an ideal rainy day activity. Netflix shows out this month include Ricky Gervais's After Life, The Disappearance of Madeline McCann, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Delhi Crime and Derry Girls. If the bad weather persists, Our Planet from the creators of Planet Earth will be out on Friday April 5. Voiced by Sir David Attenborough, along with a few other guest narrators, the new eight-part documentary will include scenes from Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman.

5. Catch the Metro

Stay with me! Take advantage of the spaces built for summer, with long covered walkways, like the Metro Link from Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station, to The Dubai Mall. So you will get your steps up and feel like you're out and about, with zero need for a rain coat. Then you can spend your day browsing the mall, if you're so inclined.

6. Smash things up

For an indoor workout with a twist, hit up The Smash Room in Dubai's Al Quoz. Whether you're flying solo or go in a group, it's a space where you can pick your weapon, don some protective gear and take all your frustration out on donated objects, just waiting to be smashed up. Alternatively, you can bring your own items to smash up, which could also prove to be pretty therapeutic. It's a totally indoor activity, that is guaranteed to get your heart rate up.

The Smash Room, Al Quoz, Dubai, from Dh75 for 30 minutes, www.thesmashroom.ae

7. Head to the cinema

OK, so this one is a bit of a given, but there are so many good movies on at the moment, wouldn't you relish the chance to watch two or three movies back to back? Movies out now include: Capernaum, Us, How to Train Your Dragon, Dumbo, Captain Marvel, Alita: Battle Angel, Notebook, Lucifer and The Upside.

8. Get crafty

Kids and adults alike can keep busy with some arts and crafts. Try a workshop at Abu Dhabi Art Hub, Mussafah; the centre offers sessions on drawing painting, calligraphy, jewellery making and more. For anyone who wants to get their hands dirty, make your way to Yadawei Ceramic Studio in Al Quoz. There you can learn sculpture, how to throw on a pottery wheel or hand-build pieces, and group or private sessions are available. If pre-made ceramics are more your bag, head to Cafe Ceramique, where both children and adults can paint their own ceramic pieces, which will then be glazed for them to keep forever.

Art Hub Gallery, Level 1, The Mall World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, sessions daily, www.adah.ae; Yadawei Ceramic Studio, Warehouse 30, 8A Street, Al Quoz 1, 04 379 1312, open from 10am, Mon-Sat, www.yadawei.net; Cafe Ceramique, Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 04 344 7331, www.cafeceramique.ae

9. Head to a museum

When was the last time you brushed up on local history? The Dubai Museum gives visitors an insight into traditional Bedouin life; Louvre Abu Dhabi has some of the world's most valuable pieces of art on display; the Dubai Moving Images Museum in Barsha Heights displays a private collection of photography artefacts; Emirates National Auto Museum in Al Gharbia, Abu Dhabi, is a must-visit for car buffs; the interactive Sharjah Science Museum is a great place to brush up on all things scientific; and the Sharjah Art Foundation is a great place to check out guest exhibitions. The Sharjah Art Foundation is also home to the Rain Room – a place to escape the rain, in the rain, without getting wet!

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