Once a small desert village in the Middle East, today a mega global city of the world – Dubai has indeed come a long way! Considered as one of the most sought-after travel destinations by globetrotters, Dubai has constantly strived to evolve past the impossible with its big ambitions and make its mark on the world’s map as a premier tourist destination. Over the past few years, it has focused on making itself as a complete family destination aiming to have something for all age groups. In this quest, it also has started transforming itself into an adventure destination and encouraged theme parks to set up bases on its soil. Presently, Dubai has a unique collection of amusement and theme parks that are seldom found elsewhere within one country.
Check out the top five theme parks of Dubai that have created more interest and excitement in holidaymakers to choose Dubai as their holiday destination.
Dubai Miracle Gardens :
This theme park truly feels like a floral wonderland. You would find yourself watching an unbelievable sight filled with flowers and wonder if you are still in a desert emirate. Watch your jaws drop at the sight of a kaleidoscope of intensely hued floral booms that stretch as far as your eyes can see. This theme park is one of the many shreds of evidence that Dubai is willing to transform its wildest dreams into reality. As soon as you step within the Dubai Miracle Gardens, you enter a surreal world filled with fragrance and lovely flowers meticulously cared for and topiaries and garden landscapes maintained to picture perfection. You will, for some moment, leave behind the metal and glass city and will feel amazed at the brilliant structures created out millions of flowers, shrubs, and plantations.
Some of the spots like the floral clock, Floral castles, 3D floral designs, and Butterfly passage will be etched in your memory forever. Every new season, Dubai Miracle Garden challenges itself to come up with new themes to be sculpted into a colourful structure created out of different shapes and patterns offering a breathtaking visual floral delight to its guests. This mega floral oasis is located at Dubailand and opens every November till April. The timings are from 9 am till 9 pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 9 am till 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays
Admission Price: Single entry Admission Cost is AED 50 per adult and children above 12 years of age, and AED 40 for children below the age of 12 years. Disabled and children under 2 years of age can enter the park free of charge.
Dubai Park and Resorts :
One of the prominent Dubai attractions that have opened in recent years is the Dubai Parks and Resorts – Middle East’s largest integrated amusement park and recreational destination. Located at Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts are home to four theme parks, one water park, and one luxury hotel. Altogether, it offers over 100 thrilling rides to its visitors in a mega landscape spanning over 25 million square feet. Since its opening in 2016, this mega amusement destination has managed to appeal countless family holidaymakers to Dubai. It is also the only destination in the Middle East to have a Legoland themed amusement and water park. The arena also has Hollywood and Bollywood inspired theme parks namely the Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai which offers an insight into the magical realm of Western and Indian cinema.
Riverland Dubai offers the ultimate in relaxation, shopping and dining options and offers a wide array of international cuisines for its guests to indulge. There is a good chance that you cannot experience the whole resort in a day. The best option would be to plan a stay at the Polynesian-themed Lapita Resort located within Dubai Parks and Resorts and enjoy a leisure stay amid all the thrill and adventure.
Dubai Parks and Resorts Winter Season Timings:
Motiongate Dubai: 11 am till 8 pm every Saturday till Wednesday. 11 am till 9 pm every Thursday till Friday. Till 7 January 2019 – Daily 11 am till 10 pm.
Bollywood Parks Dubai: 1 pm till 9 pm every Saturday till Wednesday, 1 pm till 10 pm every Thursday till Friday. On 31 December 2018, Park timings are from 12 pm till 2 am.
Legoland Dubai: 10 am till 6 pm every Saturday till Wednesday, 10 am till 8 pm every Thursday and Friday. Timings till 30 December 2018 – 10 am till 8 pm.
Legoland Water Park: Daily from 10 am till 6 pm.
1 Day Motiongate Dubai Ticket: AED 245 per person
1 Day Bollywood Park Dubai Ticket: AED 175 per person
1 Day Legoland Dubai Ticket: AED 245 per person
1 Day Legoland Water Park Ticket: AED 245 per person.
1 Day 2 Park Ticket: AED 295 per person
2 Day All Parks Ticket: AED 525 per person.
IMG Worlds of Adventure :
Another larger than life Dubai theme park that adds another feather to its record-breaking feats is the IMG Worlds of Adventure – the world’s largest indoor theme park. Opened to the public in 2016, this mega adventure park in Dubai comprises of four theme lands namely Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard all under one roof. Sprawling over an area of 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure features an amazing array of unique, adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, exciting rides, and gripping attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic MARVEL Super Heroes and scary dinosaurs. Kids can also enjoy meeting with their favourite fantasy characters as well as eat their hearts out at some of the classiest food outlets and dining venues.
IMG Worlds of Adventure also offers fantastic movie watching experience at its 12 screen cinema avenue. The theme park is located right in the heart of the city, next to Global Village at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road.
Opening time and Admission costs:
IMG Worlds of Adventure operates from 11 am to 8 pm every Sunday till Wednesday and 11 am till 10 pm every Thursday till Saturday. Till 5th January 2019, operating time is from 11 am till 10 pm. On New Year’s Eve (31 December 2018), the park stays open till 1 am.
Park admission ticket: AED285 per person
Junior admission under 1.2m in height: AED255 per person
Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium :
This innovative water park is located at the lavish Atlantis the Palm hotel at The Palm Dubai. Taking inspiration from the lost world of Atlantis, the water park and the aquarium are both designed around this concept and offers adrenaline rushing rides and slides amid ruins and remnants of Atlantis city. The Aquaventure water park offers a series of high-speed rides and slides, some which plunge you through a vertical tube into a tunnel surrounded by sharks and rays. Some of the must-visit highlights of the waterpark are the Shark Safari and Cownose Ray feeding sessions. Kids have dedicated splash areas equipped with giant tumbling buckets, climbing frames and sprinklers, and lazy rivers where they can have their share of fun.
The aquarium experience gives you a glimpse of the deep ocean beds teeming with colourful marine life and coral reefs. If you want a better encounter with the underwater life, you can even enjoy a scuba diving and snorkeling session amid the wonders of the underwater world.
One Day Experience at Aquaventure Water Park: AED 289 per person, below 1.2 meters: AED 235 per person. Child (0-2 years of age) – Free of Cost
One Day Aquaventure and Lost Chambers Combo: AED354 per person, AED 295 per child.
Wild Wadi Water Park :
Perhaps, the first-ever water park of Dubai that managed to capture the attention of family holidaymakers flocking to Dubai, Wild Wadi Water Park has always been one of the popular theme parks in Dubai. Its strategic location overlooking the Jumeirah Beach and Burj Al Arab is what appealed to the tourist masses visiting Dubai. Another reason was that it was a perfect spot to enjoy some cool, splashy fun and get relief from Dubai’s sweltering heat. Though presently, it has been overlooked due to other mega attractions in Dubai, it still offers a pleasant experience to spend quality time with families and dear ones.
For those looking for simple water-related fun, Wild Wadi Water Park offers 30 rides that vary in speed and thrill and is equipped with heated wave pool, exciting ring rides and artificial surfing machines. It also has a dedicated area for its little guests at Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon which are splash and play areas for kids and toddlers.
Operating times: till 11 January 2019: Daily, 10 am till 6 pm.
For individuals up to 1.1 metres height or above: AED 336 per person
For individuals below 1.1 metres height: AED 284 per person
Children under 2 years of age: Free of Cost
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