A smart community in the heart of Dubai, Barsha Heights brings lively cafés and pretty green spaces to the neighbourhood. There’s plenty to do right on its doorstep, from teeing off in style at Emirates Golf Club to unwinding in the splendour of The Greens’ verdant parks. Follow our guide to fun things to do near Barsha Heights and get the most out this prestigious enclave of Dubai.
Relax with a book at The Greens
Next to Barsha Heights, The Greens is a stylish suburb surrounded by leafy lawns and three tranquil lakes. In the summer months, it's a great spot for an early walk or a run around its immaculately kept grounds. In the winter time, The Greens is a sublime spot to while away a lazy afternoon with a good book under the shade of swaying palms.
Tee off at Emirates Golf Club
Overlooked by The Greens, the Emirates Golf Club was the first championship course in the Middle East. Today, it offers 36 holes of club-swinging fun on beautifully landscaped greens, framed by shimmering skyscrapers. Practice your putt or play a few rounds before dining on fine Indian cuisine at Emirates Golf Club’s Spike Bar.
Get your caffeine fix at Arrows and Sparrows
Bringing the hipster stylings of east London to Dubai, Arrows and Sparrows is a trendy café in the middle of The Greens. With raw, breezeblock walls, retro wooden chairs and industrial cooper lighting, it’s an urban-chic destination, perfect for kicking back with an expertly prepared flat white. Late risers will love Arrows and Sparrows’ temptingly good all-day breakfasts.
Take to the slopes at Ski Dubai
Who would have thought zooming down powdery white slopes of ice-cold snow in Dubai’s tropical temperatures would be a possibility? It is at Ski Dubai. Just a five-minute drive from Barsha Heights in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is all indoor Alpine adventures and mountain-themed wintery slopes. Wrap up warm and take your pick from exhilarating activities like skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing. Kids will love the tube slides and giant ball run, too.
Shop ‘til you drop at Mall of the Emirates
Once you’ve had your fill of snowy thrills and spills at Ski Dubai, make time to explore the cavernous emporium that is the Mall of the Emirates. With over 500 boutiques and plenty of restaurants and cafes to dine at, the retail powerhouse is home to international luxury labels like Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Paul Smith, high street brands, gaming, electronics and everything else you could dream of buying. Want to catch a movie? The mall’s VOX cinema is the largest in the Middle East.
Catch a horserace at Jebel Ali Racecourse
Just behind Barsha Heights, Jebel Ali Racecourse is a must-visit in the winter for those who love the thrill of horseracing. At the horseshoe-shaped track, admission is free and six races are held per afternoon. Expect an electric atmosphere and nail-biting chases. There’s a children’s playground too, making Jebel Ali Racecourse a great location for a fun family day out.
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