Top 10 Theme Parks in Dubai for Adventure Holiday

By Meghana Agashe on Nov 12, 2018
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I have personally always been fascinated with the concept of theme parks. They are places where you let go of all your inhibitions, embrace the child in you and set yourself free! How often do we get to experience such kind of an absolute freedom, where in we don’t restrict ourselves and purely have fun? Very rarely, isn’t it? Always bogged down by endless responsibilities and tensions of the mundane routines, we have forgotten what it feels to completely enjoy ourselves. So, in my opinion, everybody ought to ditch the monotony and visit different amusement parks and theme parks occasionally! And, what better destination to head to for your next unwinding vacation than Dubai – the mecca of theme parks? 

Dubai- the grand desert in the Arabian Gulf- is a melting pot of ultramodern architecture, opulent lifestyle, a happening nightlife, luxury shopping and, obviously, a wide array of magnificent theme parks! Gigantic roller coasters, twisting slides, huge pools, mammoth gaming arenas, activities centered around interesting themes- you name it and Dubai has it! With such a huge list of amusement parks, it can be tough to choose the most interesting ones! So, here’s presenting you with my checklist of top theme parks in Dubai for a splendid time! 

1. Aquaventure Waterpark

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As the name suggests, the Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai is an incredible amalgamation of water activities and adventure. Boasting of slides as tall as 90 feet, this theme park is the largest theme park in Dubai! The most famous ride of Aquaventure Waterpark is the Poseidon’s Revenge- where in you are dropped from a height of 75 feet before you pass through the double loop of the slide!  If you are not a huge fan of thrilling adventure rides, worry not! You can indulge in lazy river boat rides and have a good time swimming in the shark-infested lagoon. 

Address: Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Shark-filled lagoons, flyer ziplines and interconnected river rides

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2. Motiongate Dubai

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A park modeled along the theme of Hollywood- sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it! A blockbuster in true sense, a trip to the Motiongate Park is like visiting the glamorous Hollywood industry in Los Angeles! This glitzy amusement park in Dubai is the perfect escapade for all cinemaholics and film buffs, thanks to the activities, shows, rides and meet-and-greet sessions centering around Hollywood. 

You are sure to have a dazzling time at the different zones dedicated to different aspects of Hollywood, and you can enjoy at the separate "worlds" devoted to some of your favorite franchises like The Smurfs, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek. 

Address: Dubai Park & Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Near Palm Jebel Ali، Jebel Ali - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Hollywood-themed rides

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3. Ski Dubai

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With temperatures maintained as low as - 2° Celsius, Ski Dubai is the coolest place in Dubai, literally as well as figuratively! Located in the mall of Emirates, this theme park is a huge snow-covered space that consists of 5 ski-slopes of varying difficulty levels. Along with these slopes, this one of the most unique theme parks in Dubai also has a freestyle zone for those interested in showing off their skiing and skating moves! 

What’s more, you can also play with penguins at this park! If you are not an adventure-junkie, you can avail their chairlift ride that takes you directly to the top of the artificial mountain where you can treat yourself to a steaming cup of coca at the Alpine café. So, what are you waiting for? Head over to this wonderful place for skiing, snowboarding and tubing!

Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Indoor snow ski resort in the middle of the desert!

4. IMG Worlds of Adventure

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IMG Worlds of Adventure, a gigantic 1.5 million square-feet indoor park, is the newest addition to the theme park landscape in Dubai. Inaugurated in August 2017, this family-friendly amusement park in Dubai is divided into four zones-  Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure, and IMG Boulevard. 

Have a gala time with your favorite superheroes at the Marvel zone, meet your beloved childhood idols at the Cartoon Network Zone, experience the thrill of the prehistoric era at the Lost Valley zone and get a healthy dose of fear at the Haunted Hotel in the IMG Boulevard when you visit this one-of-its-kind park in Dubai. From thrilling rides to video-adventures, this park has something interesting for everyone! Head over to the IMG Worlds of Adventure today! The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Power-puff Girls and Ben 10 are waiting for you! 

Address: E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road، City of Arabia، Dubai Land - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: The Velociraptor, iconic Marvel superheroes, Haunted Hotel and Lazy Town

5. Lego-themed Parks

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One of the most children-friendly theme parks in Dubai, the Legoland waterpark and Legoland Dubai are surrounded by 60 million lego bricks as well as consist of 15,000 lego models. With activities designed keeping in mind a family audience, this park is a great place for having a blast with kids. With over 50 rides, activities, shows, attractions and numerous storylines, the lego-themed parks in Dubai are highly popular among tourists. Their latest addition- the Burj Khalifa lego model- is a huge crowd-puller!  

Address: Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: 15,000 lego models and more than 50 family-friendly attractions

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6. Bollywood Parks

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Showcasing the spirit of the swanky Bollywood film industry based in Mumbai, the Bollywood Park is one of the hottest theme parks in Dubai! With multi-sensory 4-D theatre adventures dedicated to characters and stars, this park is divided into five zones devoted to Bollywood hits. 

Blockbuster attractions, colorful shows, dramatic musical performances, exhilarating rides and Indian dining options leave you brimming with excitement and fun when you visit this place. Enjoy the vibrancy and essence of the world’s second-largest film industry at this one of the most unique theme parks in Dubai! 

Address: Dubai Parks and Resort, Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali - إمارة دبيّ - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Bollywood-themed rides, shows and sets

7. Wild Wadi Waterpark

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Modeled around the theme of Arabian folklore character Juha, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is one of the best outdoor theme parks in Dubai. Located between the Burj Al Arab Hotel and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, this theme park offers tourists with more than 30 rides, a wave pool, numerous water slides and artificial surfing stations. 

The first waterpark to be built in the Middle East, this park consists of one of the tallest water slides in the world. It also consists of the largest wave pool in the Middle Eastern region! So, head over to this park and have a ball at the thrilling water slides or simply relax and unwind at their wave pool!  

Address: Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Artificial surfing machines, flow-riders and huge free-fall slides

8. Virtual Worlds

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Looking for an immersive and exciting virtual reality gaming experience in Dubai? If yes, Virtual Worlds is the place for you! Fully equipped with the latest VR technology, this park makes you feel as if you are actually a part of the game.

One of the newest theme parks in Dubai, this place guarantees to treat you to one of the most realistic and mind-blowing gaming experience of your lifetime! Complete with exciting features and installations, Virtual Worlds is definitely worth a visit for gaming-geeks and technology aficionados. 

Address: Silicon Oasis Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Virtual reality gaming café

9. Atlantis Lost Chambers

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One of the most unique theme parks in Dubai, the Atlantis Lost Chambers takes you on an expedition to discover the mythical Atlantis world and its marine inhabitants. With a plethora of aqua-theatre shows, guided tours, aquarium dives and fish-feeding sessions, this park transports you straight into the attractive underwater world.

Another one-of-its-kind experience that you can get at this park is that of The Lost Chambers Aquarium's Hatha Yoga class, which helps you to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Do visit this theme park for an unparalleled and out-of-the-box experience!

Address: Atlantis, The Palm - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Atlantis-themed aquarium with underwater halls and fish-feeding sessions 

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10. Ice Land Waterpark

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Mighty blizzards, exciting cyclones, advancing glaciers, aqua shoots, wave pools and snorkeling amidst live corals and fish- now that sounds too exciting for words, doesn’t it? Welcome to the Ice Land Waterpark in Dubai! An ideal blend of thrilling activities and gentle attractions, this park is a place that can be enjoyed by everyone. 

Also, nestled on a beautiful piece of land, this park offers visitors with panoramic views of the Persian Gulf and the Hajar Mountains. A perfect family destination, the Ice Land Waterpark has a dedicated pool for children as well. 

Address: 6581, Al Jazeera, Al Hamra - Ras al Khaimah - United Arab Emirates

Signature Attractions: Arctic Wave, Mount Iceberg, Penguin Falls and Mount Attack

So, excited yet? Well, you should be, because I definitely am! But before you pack your bags and head to these awesome theme parks, here are few tips you better take a look at-

1. Book in advance to avoid the long queues and avail early-bird discounts

2. Be patient! Theme parks in Dubai are always jam-packed with tourists

3. Most theme parks offer three options to visitors- A day's experience, room/suite and restaurant

4. Ticket prices at the theme parks vary throughout the year, so check the prices before you go!

Ditch the monotony, pack your bags and off you go the world of theme parks in Dubai!

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