Best Theme & Waterparks in Dubai

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When it comes to theme parks and water parks in Dubai, there’s no doubt they’re loaded with a number of fancy attractions and water fountains. Each park has its own unique world-class rides and incredible slides, making Dubai an ideal destination for entertainment seekers. In Dubai, you can experience global leading theme parks brands. World-renowned theme park chains, IMG to Legoland and Amusement parks Kidzania to VR Park, all have reached Dubai. Furthermore, being a family-friendly destination, most of Dubai’s water and theme parks are designed at their best to offer an abundance of fun and games through their recreational activities regardless of gender and age. So regardless if you are trying to find a theme park for thrilling action rides, or water parks in Dubai for fun water slides or other adventure activities, these Dubai parks have got all covered to fit your taste. IMG World of Adventure, Wild Wadi park, legoland, MOTIONGATE and Atlantis water park are among the best entertainment parks in Dubai. In addition to these, you’ll find lot’s of others as well. To save you precious time, I’ve geared up this comprehensive list of the 15 best entertainment parks in Dubai. Move through all of them to discover which fits your preferences. 

Note: Unlike other theme parks guides, I’ve catagorized waterparks and theme parks into two different sections. Besides this, I’ve also included two Amusement parks in the end of the post.

5 Best Theme Parks in Dubai

IMG Worlds of Adventure

One of the theme parks in Dubai that has something for everyone. Despite the fact that it’s generally a theme park with lots of rides for every age group, it’s not exclusively a place of thrilling rides. IMG world has approximately 1.5 million square feet of playground, which makes it worlds largest indoor theme and amusement park. IMG is divided into 4 impressive zones – Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard. These four zones are additionally segregated into 17 themed rides. A few of the rides such the haunted and the Velocirapto are stimulating while others like Ben and Rook can keep you cool and relatively calm.

Being the most visited theme park in Dubai, IMG worlds is frequently populated in peak hours. Especially, during holidays and weekends, waiting in line at famous rides could be irritating. However, in most cases you won’t hold out for a longer period. Rides at IMG can surely make you tired. Sad to say, no outside food is granted. Having said that, If after rides, you feel famished, fear not. IMG has a wide range of restaurants and cafes with various food dishes.

IMG World standard ticket cost is 335 AED. Those who’re UAE residents, I propose you get an Annual pass which is 1295 AED. 

Legoland

Dubai Legoland has 40 entertaining rides, shows and attractions in addition to some 15,000 Lego models made out of 60 million Lego bricks. Though mostly rides at Legoland Dubai designed for kids ages 2-12, the park attracts visitors of every age group. However, If you’re touring Legoland Dubai with kids older than 12, prefer going to IMG World of adventure, particularly if they’re excitement hunters. Otherwise, they should try a roller coaster that seems a perfect option for adults. As opposed to IMG, legoland is divided into 6 main areas, lego city, kingdoms, adventure, factor and miniland. If you’re thinking about visiting legoland Dubai, ensure to check out the miniland area. It’s the most in-demand and interesting area in Legoland Dubai that features a variety of Dubai renowned landmarks like Burj al Arab, Gold souq, Burj Khalifa and many more. In terms of rides, the submarine that comes with a variety of fishes can inevitably catch the attention of  your little ones. 

Similar to other theme parks in Dubai, generally, at Legoland Dubai outside foods aren’t allowed. However, upon request you may get permission to carry diet conscious food. Otherwise, Legoland Dubai is loaded with several in-house restaurants.LEGOLAND Dubai remains open all year round. Opening hours are Monday To Thursday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Fridayto Sunday: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Visitors seeking reduced Legoland tickets and refrain from long-waiting queue are advised to buy tickets online. Legoland Dubai ticket price is 345 Aed devoid of water park entry.

Motiongate Park

If  Hollywood excites you, then Motiongate is the best theme to enjoy amusement activities. It’s a Hollywood-inspired theme park that features dreamworks animation, columbia pictures, lionsgate, and the smurfs etc based attractions. This world-renowned and adults friendly theme park in Dubai has 6 unique zones and 30 rides and attractions. Out of these 30 rides, capitol bullet train, Madagascar mad pursuit, dragon gliders, the green hornet and zombieland blast Off are must try rides at motiongate Dubai. While backlot crew,kung fu panda academy,  fountain of dreams and step up Dubai are most well-known shows at Motiongate Dubai. If your visit to Motiongate is all about thrilling rides, at no cost overlook madagascar mad pursuit and built train roller as both of them have speeds more than 80kph. Though motiongate has both indoor and outdoor activities, if you wish to shell out several hours with your little-one, it is best to visit during the winter months to have the most enjoyable rides. 

The best thing for Motiongate is, If you’ve valid UAE residency visa, you’ll be able to take advantage of Motiongate’s irresistible 175 AED offer. On the flip side, the same day pass for UAE tourists is 245 AED if you purchase the ticket on-spot. Yet, UAE visitors can still save a fair amount and get 195 Aed deals if they buy Motiongate tickets online.

Bollywood Park

We’ve talked enough about Hollywood and western style-theme parks. If you enjoy Bollywood movies and are trying to find an ideal Bollywood style theme park in Dubai for your family, you should visit Bollywood Park. Being an exclusive Bollywood devoted park, here you’ll find many Bollywood related reference.and music. So if you’re familiar with Bollywood, here you could possibly come across something different from various other theme parks due to emphasizing the Indian cultural heritage. For that reason, this theme park is more famous among Indians than others. In addition, Bollywood park is brimming with 16 rides and attractions to pick from and 5 entertainment zones named as- Bollywood Boulevard, Rustic Ravine, Mumbai Chowk, Bollywood Film Studios, and Royal Plaza. In contrast to earlier reviewed Dubai theme parks, Most rides in the Bollywood park are VR. Therefore please ensure that you’re comfortable with wearing 3D glasses.   

As an Indian focused theme park, in Bollywood park, you’ll find Indian traditional dishes at every restaurant. You can fill your craving for food with several traditional Indian foods such as mouth-watering Mughlai cuisine to Biryani  or as simple as a glass of Sugar-cane to Lemon soda. 

Bollywood Parks opening hours are from 1 pm to 9 pm while ticket price of the one day is 195 Aed.

4 Best Water Parks in Dubai

Irrespective of season, Visiting Water parks in Dubai is extremely enjoyable and a fascinating experience. Because of that, I have chosen the listed water parks in Dubai on my list. These following Dubai water parks are open year-round.

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Thrilling water slides, one-of-a-kind rides, and unwinding streams, that is what Wild Wadi Waterpark delivers to it;s visitors. The water park is designed around the story of Juha, a well-known persona from Arabian folklore. Operating out of front of the famous Burj Al Arab, the wild wadi water park contains 30 attractions. When it comes to wild wadi waterpark best rides Jumeirah sceirah, tantrum alley, Burj surj, master blasters, master blasters, and breakers bay are most prominent among all age groups. While Juha’s dhow and lagoon ride are exclusively designed for under 1.1 height kids. Don’t be concerned about your kids’ safety as Wild Wadi  has several lifeguards, making this a perfectly-safe recreational spot for families. Apart from joyful action rides, Wild Wadi also has a waterfall that goes after every 15 minutes. Being the most famous and oldest water park in Dubai, Wild Wadi draws in Dubai residents and  visitors throughout the year. Due to its prime location and complimentary access, It’s particularly famous among Jumeirah beach hotel guests. 

UAE residents are qualified to receive marked down rates of 179 AED on weekdays and AED 199 on weekends. Ticket price is also dependent on height. Those who’re on a visit visa and higher than 43 inches (1.1 meters) have to pay AED 336 while those under 43 inches (1.1 meters) can get AED  284 deal. Please note, these rates are at the main gate rates. If you wish to avail of discounted rates, I recommend you buy online. 

Kids up to 2 years of age have cost-free entrance to Wild Wadi. As mentioned previously, the guests of Jumeirah beach hotel can take the advantage of complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for their entire stay.

Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark

As the name suggests Aquaventure is one more leading water park in Dubai. By dimensions it is the biggest waterpark not only in the Middle East but throughout Europe. This Globally-recognized Dubai based water park is undoubtedly a full package by itself. Aquaventure takes great pride with its world’s lengthiest 20 plus water and adventurous slides. It has a decent combination of rides. Zoomerango, aquaconda , storm coaster and shark attack ride are the most notable activities here. It also comes with an entire mini park for little ones called splashers, containing 14 slides for kids and an action area and lazy river access. Aquaventure also takes kids’ protection critically. For that reason, you’ll notice lifeguards every 50m across the whole park.

Atlantis aquaventure waterpark doesn’t restrict you to activities, it also has a private beach where you can soak up after thrilling rides. If you’re feeling starving then make your way to one of the 15 restaurants accessible to you. Aquaventure provides free access to Atlantis guests so If you wish to overcome queue at rides, ensure to go early before hotel guests show up.  

The most interesting thing about Atlantis aquaventure waterpark is, it offers 100% FREE ticket on birthday date and for the following six days after. Aside,  Sometimes aquaventure waterpark also goes for promotion on MasterCard that enables you to save 25% off the ticket. Otherwise, normally tickets cost over 300 aed.  

Also, those who’re traveling with luggage, no need to stress. Aquaventure has loker  where you can keep your precious material. Small locker costs 45 AED and a bigger one costs 75 AED . 

Laguna Waterpark

Another beachfront waterpark in Dubai that has achieved success in a short span with a range of remarkable rides. Laguna Waterpark isn’t an average water park . There’s loads to dine and shop right on the fringes of this seaside. It’s actually a part of the Laguna theme park that we’ve already discussed early on. Therefore If you combine Laguna Waterpark and theme park trip, most likely you’ll have to postpone your other plans of that day as together they’re going to keep you engaged the entire day with their rides.

Splash N Party

If you’ve already visited previously discussed waterparks and are looking for a new one, then a visit to Splash N Party should definitely be on your in list. This relatively new water park in Dubai is a best choice for restricted budget individuals. It’s 100% dedicated to water activities. From splash pads to inflatable water slides,you kids are able to do so much at the waterpark. In contrast to others, Splash ‘n’ Party also has various branches in Dubai. What’s more, Splash ‘n’ Party offers diverse kids birthday party hosting packages in all Dubai branches at a reasonable price and with distinctive themes for boys and girls.

Splash ‘n’ Party provides different tickets for weekdays and weekend. Weekdays cost is AED 100 while  Weekends it charges AED 150 (Children One adult is free with the the kid ticket. If more than one adult accompanies the kid, Additional AED 50 per adult will be incurred.

Best Amusement Parks in Dubai

Kidzania

If your kids desire to replicate adult tasks, which let’s be realistic, who doesn’t, then you need to take them to Kidzania. It lets kids play different roles in adult jobs. Kidzania actually acts like an Institute where kids can turn their fantasies into reality. As KidZania Dubai  focuses on replicating real world careers, these activities can enable your children to consider the sort of career they need when they’re adults. 

KidZania Dubai  economy ticket cost is  AED 195 (4 -12 years) while  Premium is AED 265 4 -12 years) . Children under 2 years old are free and the over 17 year entrance fee is 80 AED. 

VR Park

Finally Dubai secured an exclusive VR park.  It’s no less than like fantasy becoming a reality for all VR Fans in Dubai. Till date, it is the only a dedicated Virtual reality park in UAE. Irrespective of the age, VR park has plenty of rides to do including old Arcade games. However, if you suffer from motion sickness, be prepared to get away on some rides as there are certainly minimal games for you. Dubai drone and Burj Khalifa drop are the most effective rides out of 14 activites.  It’s located in the Dubai mall

VR park entry costs nothing as it practices pay as you play business model. More about VR park, you’re read my this detailed guide

 

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