Dubai is famed for its fantastic offering of family-friendly activities and attractions, and the fun certainly isn’t due to end anytime soon! Set to open its gates this year, Dubai Parks and Resorts is destined to become one of the unrivalled top things to do in Dubai, offering the area a world-class theme park experience – the first of its kind in the Middle East!
Located on Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai Parks and Resorts sits in the heart of the action. Easily accessible from many of our featured luxury Dubai hotels, and just a thirty-minute drive from Dubai Marina, it is practically inexcusable for families to miss out on visiting the most anticipated new opening for the 2017 season!
Comprising four individually themed parks, connected by a central dining and entertainment complex, there are days-worth of fun to be had, with almost one-hundred rides and attractions scheduled to open by the month of December. Led by the park’s official ‘Ambassadors of Fun’, two brightly coloured young sparks named Luna and Nova from the fictional ‘Planet Amaze’, children will be captured by the spirit of imagination and adventure, as they meet their favourite film characters at motiongate Dubai, take an epic musical journey at Bollywood Parks Dubai and build their own fun at LEGOLAND and its fellow LEGOLAND Water Park. Read on to discover the top things to do at Dubai’s biggest new theme park complex.
The cinema screen comes to life in motiongate Dubai, where some of Hollywood’s biggest motion picture studios – DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate – transform their films into behind-the-scenes experiences, thrilling high-speed adventures and fantastical journeys through magical worlds!
Top Things to Do – Split into five individual zones, each with its own fantastic offering of attractions, there’s something for all ages here. Entering through Studio Central, take a glimpse behind the Hollywood curtain, and learn some of the most coveted secrets of the silver screen. The action-packed Sony Pictures Studios offers thrills and frights in the form of the plunging fifty-eight-metre drop of Zombieland Blast Off and the fiendish fun of Hotel Transylvania, while others may choose to answer the call of the interactive Ghostbusters: Battle for New York ride, feel the need for speed with The Green Hornet’s white-knuckle coaster or be immersed in a 4-D encounter with spooky vampires!
For younger adventurers, Smurf’s Village offers a whimsical world of mushroom-topped houses and interactive playgrounds, while the DreamWorks experience brings to life the world of everyone’s favourite Ogre, Shrek, plus a soaring skyride and Viking adventure inspired by How to Train Your Dragon. From the Lionsgate zone, get swept away in the land of the Hunger Games Panem or be launched off on the Capitol Bullet Train, before feeling the beat with a Step Up-inspired street performance or exploring Flint’s Imagination Lab, based on the film, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Open from: The action will be in full swing from December 2016.
Bollywood Parks Dubai
One of the first parks of its kind across the world, be immersed in the colours and excitement of Bollywood in this vibrant space packed with singing, dancing and glittering entertainment.
Things to Do – Catching a show while here is an absolute must, and there is plenty to choose from! The Crossroads Stage will feature a medley of live performances showcasing the glory of India’s Bollywood film industry from the 60s, 70s and 80s, while the Mumbai Express Stage will host troops of dancers hyping up the crowd with energising pop songs. The real highlight, though, is tipped to be The Rajmahal Theatre, lauded as the heart and soul of Bollywood Parks Dubai. Here, the region’s first Broadway-style Bollywood musicals will be performed several times a week, housed in a spectacular ivory-white palace, bearing a scaled-down resemblance to the Taj Mahal.
Alternatively, take a seat at the multi-sensory 4D theatre, RA.ONE, for a riveting adventure into a virtual world, or join superhero Krrish on an aerial tour of the beautiful sights of India. For dinner, fine dining is catered for at the regal Mughal-e-Azam restaurant, with architecture inspired by India’s historic Amber Fort, though for an evening of thrills, Rock On!! Restaurant is the place to be, celebrating the music of the film of the same name, with an upbeat lounge setting.
Open from: Prepare to be spellbound from 14th November 2016.
Perfect for those travelling with children aged two to twelve years-old, there are more than forty rides and attractions to help little ones build up their imaginations with non-stop interactive fun. With the world’s tallest Lego building structure standing at seventeen meters high and the largest Lego superstore in the Middle East, plus plenty of attractions that both entertain and educate, little ones are bound to be filled with delight in this plastic wonderland!
Things to Do – The Factory Tour is an essential highlight, revealing how each individual brick is created – every child will then be presented with their own Lego piece, straight from the cast, to take home as a memento! There is also the Driving and Junior Driving School, allowing children between three and thirteen years of age to earn their LEGOLAND Driving Licence, while other children might prefer to captain a sailing boat or board the miniature aeroplane ride. There’s also the chance for young minds to flex their creative thinking muscles with Build & Test, where little hands can construct their own cars and buildings and see how well they fare as an earthquake hits!
Open from: The grand opening is set for 31st October 2016.
LEGOLAND Water Park
With attractions designed specifically with children aged two to twelve years of age in mind, this action-packed water park boasts over twenty slides and attractions, offering buckets of watery fun and slippery adventures for families to enjoy together!
Things to Do – Build-a-Raft River offers a unique concept, allowing children to customise their own raft with soft Lego bricks, before floating on it down a lazy river. For a little competition, the Twin Chasers lets you race your companion to the bottom of your slide, while the two-hundred-and-forty-metre drop of Wave Rider may be best left to the braver members of your party! Whether you want to spin on the current, sweep down the slide with the whole family or take an exhilarating plunge, there is something for everyone.
Open from: Enjoy alongside LEGOLAND Dubai from 31st October 2016.
The gateway and centrepiece to the surrounding theme parks, Riverland Dubai is the bustling heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts. Come here for fifty exciting dining and retail experiences, theatre performances and evening ambience across four distinctly designed zones, where past eras are brought to life with flair!
Things to Do – Featuring the region’s first man-made river in a theme park destination, the kilometre-long waterway that passes through Riverland offers relaxing boat rides. Strut the neon-lit harbour of the Boardwalk and live the buzz of 1950s America at the trendy overwater dining terraces, stop by the Medieval-era French village for a taste of the Mediterranean with quaint cobbled streets and 17th Century-style buildings or receive a royal welcome from India Gate, where a colourful world of shopping, casual dining and family entertainment awaits. The main draw of Riverland, though, is its lively Peninsula area - the only part of Dubai Parks and Resorts with licensed restaurants and bars, there are festivals and outdoor concerts to be enjoyed by the riverside, making a perfect spot to round off your fun-filled day.
Open from: Guests can visit from 31st October 2016 without the need for purchasing a ticket for the adjoining theme parks.
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