Theme parks have always been a popular attraction for both kids and adults. Orlando is one of the most sought-after places globally as far as theme parks are concerned. However, in recent years, Dubai has slowly emerged as a hot spot for the most amazing theme parks and is on its way to replacing Orlando. Summer holidays are approaching soon, and if you want to venture on an exciting vacation, head to Dubai and enjoy a plethora of great amusement parks.
Whether it is an indoor ski resort in the heart of the desert, a unique Bollywood-themed amusement park, or the largest indoor theme park, you will find everything in this Emirati city. We have created a list of five of the most incredible theme parks in Dubai that will indeed give you an adrenaline rush.
Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is the winner of awards such as best waterpark in the Middle East and the fifth-best in the world by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Waterparks Awards. It consists of an array of thrilling water slides and attractions and is in the iconic Atlantis, The Palm hotel. It also has a splash zone and fun slides for kids to play, and a private beach to take a break as well. Some famous rides here are the Leap of Faith, Shark Attack, the Tower of Poseidon, and Aquaconda. Another significant highlight here is the Lost Chambers Aquarium, where you can see several fascinating marine creatures such as sharks, piranhas, seahorses, turtles, dolphins, sea lions, jellyfish, and more. You can also go in search of the lost city of Atlantis and discover its many secrets.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure spans an area of 1.5 million square feet, equal to nearly 28 football fields. It is divided into four zones, including Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley, and IMG Boulevard. You can enjoy various rides based on your beloved characters from popular franchises. In the Marvel Zone, meet superheroes such as Spiderman, Superman, Thor, Iron Man, and Hulk. The Cartoon Network zone welcomes you to the world of Powerpuff Girls and Ben 10. The exhilarating Lost Valley zone takes you millions of years back in time when the fearsome dinosaurs such as Velociraptor and TRex ruled the earth. Enjoy many rides, including Forbidden Territory, Predator, the Velociraptor, and Dino Carousel. The Haunted Hotel in the IMG Boulevard takes you on a bone-chilling journey with frightening spirits, ghosts, strange figures, and more.
Motiongate Dubai is known as the “Hollywood in the middle of the desert. “One of the recent additions to Dubai’slist of fantastic theme parks, Motiongate is inspired by iconic characters and movies of Hollywood. It is split into four themed zones of world-renowned film studios like Sony’sColumbia Pictures, Lionsgate, The Smurfs, and DreamWorks Animation. You can enjoy 27 rides and attractions such as The Hunger Game’s themed roller coasters, dance to the beats of Step up, and several other immersive attractions and thrilling rides. Gain some insight into the magic of movies by going behind-the-scenes and into real-life movie sets of New York. One of the park’s main highlights is the Dreamwork Zone, where you can get up, close, and personal with delightful characters from Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and Shrek.
Ski Dubai is a massive indoor ski park that offers an ideal respite from the scorching heat of Dubai. It provides an assortment of exciting snow activities, including skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding, zorbing, tube slides, sledding, and more. It has an 85-meter-tall mountain with five slopes of varying difficulty levels. Whether you are a beginner or a professional skier, there is something or the other in store for you. Kids can set off on an impressive journey to explore the spectacular ice cave that consists of awe-inspiring sculptures and other beautiful formations lit up in vibrant colors. The ice park covers an area of over 22500 square meters and maintains a sub-zero temperature throughout the year. Don’t miss the main highlight of the ski resort – the March of the Penguins show, where adorable Gentoo and King penguins perform a series of tricks that will leave you speechless.
Bollywood Park pays tribute to the legendary Hindi movie industry based in Mumbai. It is spread across an area of 1.7 million square feet and segregated into five zones – Bollywood Boulevard, Rustic Ravine, Mumbai Chowk, Royal Plaza, and Bollywood Film Studios. This unique theme park is one of its kind globally and offers multiple attractions, 3D and 4D rides, interactive experiences, live shows, stunt shows, various dining and shopping options. Set off on a fun journey and explore a wide range of rides based on blockbuster movies like Sholay, Lagaan, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dabangg, Krish, and Don. The breathtaking Raj Mahal Theatre is Bollywood’sanswer to Broadway and plays extravagant musicals. The place is also rented for live concerts, private parties, and other special events. You can also gorge on delicious Mumbai street-style snacks and different Indian and international cuisines.
Things to remember
- Here are a few tips that will be helpful when you visit any amusement park.
- Check the timings of the theme parks on the official website before your trip, as timings are subject to change.
- If possible, book tickets online in advance to get the best deals and avoid waiting in queues.
- Visit theme parks on a weekday, if possible, as these places tend to get crowded on weekends. Also, try to reach the parks early to avoid the crowd and make the most of the time.
- Apply sunscreens and wear loose and comfortable clothes to protect yourself from the hot weather.
- Drink water, juices, etc., and keep yourself and your family hydrated.
- Wear comfortable footwear as you will have to walk around the place a lot.
- Make sure that your phone and camera are fully charged before your visit.
- It is always better to carry your swimming costumes for waterparks. Though you can rent them out from the shops, they are usually quite expensive.
If you are looking for thrill and adventure, there is no better way to spend your day than visiting one of these outstanding theme parks. We promise you that it will be one of the most unforgettable trips of your life.
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