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Top 5 Dubai Theme Parks to check out on a Dubai Holiday

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. Dubai theme parks are worth exploring while you are in this beautiful city!

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 :

Dubai Theme Parks

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 fragrances and lovely flowers meticulously cared for 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 colorful 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.

Timings :

Sundays to Thursdays – 9 am till 9 pm

Fridays and Saturdays – 9 am till 11 pm

Admission Price:

AED 50 per adult and children above 12 years of age

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 :

Dubai Theme Parks

One of the prominent Dubai attractions that have opened in recent years is the Dubai Parks and Resorts. It is 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.  These theme parks offer an insight into the magical realm of Western and Indian cinema.

Riverland Dubai offers the ultimate in relaxation, shopping and dining options having 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. You will enjoy a leisure stay here 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.

Bollywood Parks Dubai:

1 pm till 9 pm every Saturday till Wednesday.

1 pm till 10 pm every Thursday till Friday.

Legoland Dubai:

10 am till 6 pm every Saturday till Wednesday.

10 am till 8 pm every Thursday and Friday.

Legoland Water Park:

Daily from 10 am till 6 pm.

Admission Prices:

Motiongate Dubai Ticket (1 Day): AED 245 per person
Bollywood Park Dubai Ticket (1 Day): AED 175 per person
Legoland Dubai Ticket (1 Day): AED 245 per person
Legoland Water Park Ticket (1 Day): 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 :

Dubai Theme Parks

Another larger than life Dubai theme park that adds another feather to its record-breaking feats is the IMG Worlds of Adventure. It’s 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 favorite 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:

Sunday till Wednesday – 11 am to 8 pm

Thursday till Saturday – 11 am till 10 pm

Park admission ticket: AED285 per person

Junior admission under 1.2m in height: AED255 per person

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Aquaventure Water Park and The Lost Chambers Aquarium :

Dubai Theme Parks

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. It 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 water park are the Shark Safari and Cow-nose 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 colorful 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.

Admission Cost:

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 :

Dubai Theme Parks

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 is 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:

Daily, 10 am till 6 pm.

Admission Cost:

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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45 thoughts on “Top 5 Dubai Theme Parks to check out on a Dubai Holiday

  1. Dubai Miracle Garden looks like a complete paradise. Its crazy how its redesigned every season with a new theme! I would also love to go to Aquaventure Water Park and do the aquarium experience! I am an avid diver, so LOVE coral!

  2. Wow, Dubai has certainly changed since I last visited but that was a very long time ago. The parks actually sound quite fun. I’m not a fan of water parks but I love the sound of the Miracle Gardens, that sounds really cool.

  3. Would you believe us if we told you that we’ve visited Dubai twice and missed out on all of them. Looks like we have to plan a visit soon !

  4. I went out of my mind to read about these parks because now you have put on me the desire to discover them! Above all the first I must say that is what fascinates me most!

  5. I would love to check out IMG Worlds of Adventure! It sounds like something I would love to experience as I’m a huge Marvel Superheroes fan. I’m not really into waterparks, as I’m deathly afraid of drowning since a swimming instructor pushed my head under water as a kid. Oh, just a little idea that I had while reading your blog. If you had videos as well as text, maybe even the promo video of the park, that would add to the visuals. I’m kind of a visual person.

  6. These parks look awesome! The Miracle Garden looks like it’s a beautiful place. Dubai really does have a lot to offer the whole family!

  7. My last visit to Dubai had me devoid of exploring anything worth seeing. My time was spent carrying loads and loads of branded clothes from shopping festival. My sister’s wedding gave me a chance to visit Dubai and then ruined it. Next time I visit, I’ll surely visit these theme parks.

  8. Wow! Every time I read a post on Dubai, I learn of more reasons why I need to visit there! All of these amusement parks look so amazing, it would be hard to choose. I personally would love the Miracle Gardens and I think Aquaventure with Lost Chambers Aquarium would be a family favorite for sure!

  9. Nice information, didn’t know that Dubai has theme parks, these will be great for family travels as kids will not get bored 🙂

  10. I’ve never been to Dubai, but it’s been on my bucketlist for a while. These Theme Parks look real fun and I bet it would be great to visit them with family or friends while being on holidays. 🙂

  11. What a lovely line up theme parks to enjoy. A great idea to cater for families travelling with children. I have to also say that having water parks included is a fabulous way to cater for every child’s choice of fun.

  12. They all look fantastic though definitely pricer than theme parks I am familiar with. I would look to check out atleast a couple. The problem is every time I go, I am alone and going to one by myself doesn’t seem very exciting. Next time, I will try to find a companion!

  13. I live in Dubai. Definitely been to most of these. Wild wadi is by far my favorite. Glad you had a good time

  14. Wow, these are some lovely line up theme parks to enjoy! I visited the Miracle Garden and it felt like an absolute paradise! I didn’t realize Dubai had its own IMG World of Adventure, I’ll definitely check it out for one of my next visits.

  15. These parks do look nice – especially the one with the flowers. I’m only afraid they might not be very environment friendly. This oblivion towards resources is the main reason I haven’t visited Dubai yet – besides some stopovers at the airport.

  16. This looks like it would be such an amazing part of the world to visit. It is definitely on my travel list.

  17. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know this theme park existed. Now that I do, it made its way onto my travel bucket list. It looks like so much fun! I especially get a kick out of the giant dinosaur’s larger than life attraction, I think my daughter could really enjoy seeing something like that in person!

  18. All these parks look awesome! I would love to have the opportunity to visit Dubai one day, my boys would love every singe one of these parks. My favorite is the indoor theme park!

  19. Dubai is o my list of places I want to visit! I def want to add the Miracle Gardens- they are gorgeous. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to appreciate travelling.

  20. I went to Wild Wadi Water Park when I visited Dubai in 2011. Loved that place! There’s such an awesome view from the top of a couple of the higher water rides. And I remember the really long & high water slide, which was actually quite scary when you get to the top haha.
    I want to go back to Dubai now and try the other four theme parks you recommend 🙂

  21. I like those public parks in Dubai! They are spectacular and always grand. I wish to visit Dubai soon, I need to save up for this Dubai-trip! The best city in Middle East 😀

  22. I have been there yet all I have done on your list is going to water park (cannot remember the name). Dubai can be so much fun! It’s a great place for little ones and tall ones to be entertained.

  23. Looks like really fun, I would like to go to water park, thanks for sharing the info, I am going to pin it for later. when I visit Dubai this one will useful.

  24. How fun! I can’t believe there are so many theme parks to check out in Dubai! The Miracle Gardens is definitely up my alley. I would love to go to IMG Worlds of Adventure for rides!

  25. All of those look pretty amazing. I know i have seen so many great things about Dubai but these are so cool. My daughter and I would love to go to all of these.

  26. Really enjoyed reading your article! I have heard so much and recently watched a video about Dubai’s amazing theme parks on facebook! Your article makes me want to visit Dubai so badly!

  27. I really want to visit legoland dubai! It’s something I really wasn’t able to do when I was there. I grew up playing lego so it brings back a lot of childhood memories for me.

  28. I would like to visit the IMG world of adventure and the water parks. Thanks for the great recommendations!

  29. Dubai has a lot of waterparks and my husband has been on some of them because he used to work there. I would love to visit all of them one of these days

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