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7 Non-Touristy Things To Do in New Dubai

Got visitors coming to town? If they want to check out some cool local hangouts in New Dubai, here are some great places to add to their lists – after visiting all the famous tourist attractions in Dubai, of course! From awesome burger joints to comedy nights, here are 7 non-touristy things to do in New Dubai…

1. Sign up for Cave Yoga at TEP Factor Dubai

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TEP Factor Dubai is one of the coolest new adventure games in town, but did you know they also hold weekly ‘cave’ yoga classes? Better yet, it’s totally free! Grab your yoga mat and had there every Friday to join in.

When: Every Friday from 8am to 9am
Where: Bahar Plaza, JBR Dubai

2. Party it up at the Shades Pool Party


Shades has just launched a new pool party and it’s the best way to beat the summer heat! With a rooftop pool, insane Dubai Marina views, unicorn floaties and a live DJ to get the party started, you know this party is going to be awesome. For just AED 250, you can enjoy 5 selected drinks, and a sunbed!

When: Every Thursday, from 6pm to midnight
Where: Address Hotel Dubai Marina

3. Try a burger at Blaze Burgers

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If you’re looking for one of the best burger joints in New Dubai, Blaze Burgers is definitely worth a try! This place has some delicious items on the menu, including funky sliders and one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in town. They’ve also got awesome veggie burgers – win!

When: Daily
Where: The Walk, JBR Dubai

4. Play fun games at Girders 

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Out of all the bars at JBR Walk, Girders is hands-down one of our favourites. More than just a sports bar, Girders also has life-sized Jenga, and a variety of drinking games like beer pong and flip cup!

When: Daily
Where: JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR Dubai

5. Have a laugh at The Laughter Factory


Trusts us, you’ll be in fits of laughter after this one! The Laughter Factory brings in some of the funniest comedians from around the world, and holds regular stand-up comedy nights right here in Dubai! This month, they’ve got Sean Collins, Jackie Fabulous and Dane Baptiste performing live on stage.

When: Check schedule here
Where: Movenpick JBR Dubai

6. Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding at DIMC

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Stand up paddle boarding is a super fun activity, and the Dubai International Marine Club is one of the least crowded places to try it out. Sign up for a SUP session with Watercooled, and they’ll take you on a tour with awesome views of Dubai Marina! Fancy testing out your balance? Try out their SUP Fit classes instead.

When: Daily
Where: Watercooled, Dubai International Marine Club

7. Escape from a locked room at Countdown Challenge


If you’re looking for a fun game to play, sign up for an escape room challenge at Countdown Challenge! In just 60 minutes, you and your mates will need to work together to find clues, solve puzzles and find your way out of the locked room! Think you’ve got what it takes?

When: Daily
Where: Bahar Plaza, JBR Dubai (opposite TEPFactor)

Read more: For more fun things to do in Dubai, check out our Explore or Weekender categories!