Theme Parks in Dubai
If you are traveling with children to Dubai and seeking for some fun activities, you've come to the right place. Dubai, as well as Abu Dhabi, has recently become the largest theme park destination in the Middle East.
Chilling roller coasters, theater shows, and interactive attractions accompanied by Shrek, Spiderman or The Powerpuff Girls make the UAE's amusement parks an ideal place for the whole family. Dubai has recently become home to some of the Middle East's finest amusement parks. Thanks to an impressive amount of entertainment you can confidently plan your entire vacation, focusing only on enjoying the fun rides. The most popular district for the whole family, called Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) is located in the southern suburbs of Jebel Ali, while IMG Worlds of Adventures - a park rather for older adventurers - on the E311 (Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road), near Global Village. Dubai's amusement parks are unfortunately not the cheapest, but there are several ways to avoid spending a fortune. Tickets can be bought online, where there are usually special promotions or seasonal discounts (especially in the summer season when it's hot). There are also multi-day passes that provide unlimited access to all parks in the DPR.
Here is the list of the amusement parks to chose from:
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts is the region's largest integrated entertainment hub. It consists of three amusement parks (Motiongate, Bollywood Parks and Legoland), one water park (Legoland Water
park) and Riverland - a theme town, admission to which is free. The project also includes the Lapita Hotel with a Polynesian theme.
The complex is a 30-minute drive from Dubai and 45 minutes from Abu Dhabi.
The town is located in the heart of Dubai Parks & Resorts. Although Riverland is not an amusement park, just walking along the river guarantees an unforgettable journey back in time. There is a charming French village resembling a medieval town, The Peninsula with a 19th century architectural theme, where live concerts are held, the India Gate and Boardwalk. The meandering river itself is a kilometer long body of water that connects the entire zone. Riverland also celebrates holidays and festivals, the most popular of which are National Day, Christmas, Halloween and Chinese New Year. In total, there are over 60 restaurants in all zones, including licensed ones, as well as banks, spas and shops.
Riverland; Dubai Parks & Resorts; Sunday - Wednesday 10.00 - 22.00, Friday - Saturday 10.00 - 24.00; restaurants in the summer season (June - September) 16.00 - 24.00; www.riverlanddubai.com, free admission.
Dubai Motiongate is by far the most popular among thrill-seekers. Over 10 blockbuster movies from the best film studios (DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate) await visitors in the form of 30 unique attractions. Shrek, Ghostbusters, Madagascar or Kung Fu Panda will surely attract the attention of all family members, regardless of age. Not to be missed is the "Capital Bullet Train" - a terrifying roller coaster, focused entirely on the Hunger Games. In Studio Central, you can go behind the scenes and see what a real movie set looks like. The Smurfs' Village awaits younger children, with playgrounds, live shows and a carefree roller coaster.
Motiongate Dubai; DPR; tel. 8002629464; Saturday - Wednesday 2 pm - 10 pm, Thursday - Friday 2 pm - 11 pm; www.motiongatedubai.com.
The world's first amusement park inspired by the vibrant Indian film industry Bollywood. This one-of-a-kind attraction reflects the charms of ancient Mumbai. There are 5 thematic zones, as many as 20 concert scenes and a dozen or so rides, most of which are in 3D and 4D. Live entertainment is a strong point of the park, there are numerous musical shows, Indian dance lessons, and even an explosive stunt show. An interesting attraction is "Don: The Chase", a chase through the streets of Dubai in pursuit of the mafia boss. Due to its thematic specificity, the park will rather be appreciated by Bollywood lovers.
Bollywood Parks; DPR; daily 14.00 - 23.00; www.bollywoodparksdubai.com.
Dubai Created by the most popular toy manufacturers in the world, Legoland will provide younger children (2-12 years old) with a day full of unforgettable experiences. The park has over 40 fantastic rides, family attractions and innovative playgrounds for children. Adults especially like Miniland, a trip around a miniature world that replicates the skyline and attractions of Dubai or regional wonders with over 20 million Lego bricks, i.e. Petra or the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
LEGOLAND Dubai; DPR; Saturday - Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00; Thursday - Friday 10.00 - 20.00; www.legoland.com/dubai
LEGOLAND Water Park
This water park is a real paradise for children aged 2-12. Exciting rides, roller coasters, lazy rivers and many other water attractions make it something for everyone.
LEGOLAND Water Park; DPR; daily 10.00 - 18.00; www.legoland.com/dubai/.
IMG Worlds of Adventures
IMG Worlds of Adventures The largest indoor amusement park in the world offers endless fun for the whole family - magical spectacles, roller coasters, movies and roller coasters will delight adventurers of all ages. The canopy and the temperature controlled inside make it an ideal location even on Dubai's hottest days. The park is divided into five thematic zones: Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley, IMG Boulevard and Novo Cinemas. In the Marvel zone, attractions are based on iconic heroes, i.e. Spiderman, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Avengers and the Hulk. Older children and adults can go on the Spider-Man Doc Ock's Revenge - a 400-meter roller coaster in New York or The Velociraptor in the Jurassic land of Lost Valley, which at a speed of 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds ejects from the prehistoric jungle into the blinding light of the Dubai sun . Cartoon fans will love to spend time in Cartoon Network, a family-friendly area. A haunted hotel (Haunted Hotel), intended for children over 15 years of age, also guarantees a strong experience. There are many shops, bars and restaurants on the premises of IMG. Tony's Skydeck is a fine seafood and steak restaurant.
IMG World of Adventures; Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road; free transfer available - details at www.imgworlds.com.
This extremely popular place looks like a huge amusement park. It is only open from November to February. It houses dozens of pavilions, each one representing different cultures and selling products from many countries. The offer includes carpets straight from Afghanistan, silver from Oman, lamps from Turkey, spices from India as well as wooden sculptures and ornaments from African countries. There are also Yemen jewelry made in China, so it's best to check the packaging before buying. There is a festival atmosphere here - performances are organized on the main square, and fireworks displays are presented in the evenings. Boats with tourists sail on the canal, and there are many carousels and playgrounds for children. In this place you can also eat all kinds of dishes from the world.
Global Village; Emirates Road, 13 km south of Sheikh Zayed Rd, Tel: 043624114, www.globalvillage.ae; November - February 16.00–24.00;
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Located beside the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park offers 30 water slides and activities for the whole family. The park offers lots of attractions - including wave pools, surf simulators (Wipeout and Riptide), slides for everyone, regardless the age. In case you're get hungry, there are also restaurants, souvenir shops and snack stands within the park. The most famous attraction is Jumeirah Sceirah. A daredevil who decides to use this instant slide will descend at a speed of almost 80 km / hour.
You can rent towels and a storage box for valuables.
Wild Wadi Waterpark; Jumeirah Beach Road (next to Burj Al Arab) www: Wild Wadi Waterpark.