If getting caught in the rain is not something you like to do, you will definitely like our amazing list of fun indoor things to do while it rains.

A trip to IMG World of Adventure


Not a fan of the rain? Head to IMG World of Adventure. This indoor theme park is the perfect way to have fun without worrying about getting wet! Themed around some of your cartoon and superhero favourites you’ll find thrill rides, simulators and even a 12-screen multiplex cinema. Rides include The Haunted Hotel, Spiderman Doc Ock’s Revenge and Thor Thunder Spin as well as 12 more. Once you’ve burnt off all your energy on the rides check out the superhero themed shops and eat at one of the 30 restaurants and food stands. Tickets start at Dh150 and children under 1.05m get in free. Open from 11am to 10pm on weekends. Located on E311, close to Global Village. - Lindsay Judge, fashion editor

Watch a movie


Need to hide from the weather for two and a half hours? I have three words for you: The Last Jedi. May the force be with you if you haven’t booked your tickets for the latest edition of the Star Wars franchise already, however. (How popular is it? Well, Reel Cinemas in Dubai Mall has 45 shows a day.) The film, out today, is dedicated to Carrie Fisher, who died this month last year. The actress is best known for portraying Princess Leia since 1977 and reprised the role for the last time in this feature. - Mrinal Shekar, Deputy Editor

Make tomato soup


When it’s rainy and cold outside I love staying home, turning my television into a roaring fire with a fireplace DVD. Hot on the stove is this delicious roasted tomato soup. Its reminds me of being a child , back then we had real a fireplace to cosy in front of, however my building lacks an chimney and coal is hard to find in Dubai. 

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Roasted tomato soup

Serves 4

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour


10 large beef tomatoes (try the Farmer’s Market)

2 tbsp of olive oil

4 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp of sugar

Pinch of rock salt

2 tbsp of balsamic reduction

2 pints of vegetable stock

1 onion, chopped

A bunch of fresh basil

2 tbsp of mascarpone cheese

1 tsp of ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Wash and core the tomatoes. Place on a baking tray, coat with olive oil, sprinkle with sugar and salt and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Place in the oven for one hour. After 30 minutes, pour the vegetable stock into a large pan, add the onion and basil, season and bring to the boil. Simmer for twenty minutes. When the skins are soft, remove the tomatoes from the oven and add to the pan with the stock. Add the mascarpone cheese. Simmer for ten minutes; remove from the heat. Next, either in a liquidiser or using a handheld blender, blitz the soup until smooth. Serve with a blob of cheese and freshly toasted bread. - Mark Setchfield, Art Editor

The Crown is back


I don’t think any list can be complete without the mention of Netflix’s popular royal drama The Crown. The series, which offers a glimpse into the private life of Queen Elizabeth II, has finally returned to our screens. What better way to spend a rainy day than binge-watching the second season of The Crown where Claire Foy once again wows in her portrayal of the Queen alongside Matt Smith who plays Prince Philip. - Sana Umer, Web Content Editor

Start a creative photography project


Pick a camera and photograph the different objects that come in contact with the rain. Sit by the window, and while listening to the rain drops pouring down on the outdoors, go through the images. You’ll be amazed how different objects look when wet. Maybe later, create a narrative that links all the images to each other. You’ll end up with a series of art photographs, a storyline, and a memory that would last. - Zahra Allowatia, Designer

Read a book


Do you really need to be doing something on a lovely rainy day? Isn’t it a bonus that the rainy days are during the weekend? What better excuse do you need to stay indoors and get busy doing… absolutely nothing. Veto the ‘let’s drive to Al Qudra’ idea because everyone and their dog will be there.

Driving to Filli Café for a chai? Everyone and their car will be there. And don’t even think of heading to the wadis – you know how dangerous they can become during rains.

Instead, just brew a pot of your favourite tea and sip it seated on the balcony watching the rain. But, if you must do something, pick up that book you have been wanting to read all these months.

I’ve got one for this weekend – Sanjeev Sanyal’s The Ocean of Churn. If the first few pages are anything to go by, this is one fabulous read. Sanjeev dives deep into maritime history of the Indian Ocean to reveal how it shaped the history of not just India but the Orient in general. - Anand Raj OK, Features Editor

Rainy day games


Rainy days mean games, either board or tabletop games (maybe join one of the UAE’s top role playing game groups?) or the latest trend – ‘escape’ strategy games such as Hint Hunt, Challenge Chambers and Escape Reality. The latest to open in Dubai is Jumble, an “urban maze” in Al Barsha. You’ll need some friends – it’s for team of three to six people – to work your way through a maze of rooms with either physical or mental challenges to solve. Two hours is Dh149 per person. - Natalie Long, Editor

Listen to a podcast


If you haven’t jumped on the podcast wagon yet, now is the time. As a fan of true crime series, I recommend you to start with True Murder. Every week, Dan Zupansky interviews authors that have written about the most shocking killers of all time.


You should also listen to podcast Serial. Season one revolves around Adnan Syed, who was convicted in 2000 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. - Sana Umer. Web Content Editor