A Comprehensive Guide To Dubai’s Theme Parks
12 Oct 2018
It’s true when they say everything in Dubai always seem to be bigger and better, especially when it comes to their theme parks!
From Guinness World Record holding rides to the first ever Bollywood theme park in the world, we list all of Dubai’s hottest theme parks and attractions just waiting to be explored. The hard part, however, is having to pick only one to visit!
Pro-Tip: Klook yourself a shared or private attraction transfer so you can focus on having fun and not worry about transport when you’re tired!
Note: All prices shown are updated as of Oct 2018.
Dubai theme parks
One of Dubai’s newest parks, Dubai Parks and Resorts does not consist of just one theme park but a collection three themed amusement parks and one water park! For a hassle-free experience, you can travel to the park with a comfortable two-way private transfer. Watch your childhood LEGO creations come to life at LEGOLAND Dubai amusement park and LEGOLAND Water Park.
Motiongate Dubai invites you on thrilling rides with themes of Hollywood blockbusters like The Hunger Games, Ghostbusters, Step Up and more. There’s also Bollywood Parks, the world’s first theme park dedicated to all things Bollywood, which combine interactive rides and multimedia shows for a one-of-a-kind experience.
At the main entryway of Dubai Parks and Resorts to the different theme parks is Riverland Dubai. Taking reception area to a whole new level, it serves as retail and dining destination. Designed to look like a theme park itself, there also a 1km river which runs through the area.
With so much to see and do in Dubai Parks and Resorts, you can also stay in the Polynesian-themed family resort within the park. All guests of Lapita Hotel & Resort can enjoy unlimited multi-park access for the duration of their stay in addition to complimentary Q-fast to Motiongate and Bollywood.
Address: Sheik Zayed Rd, Opp Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE.
Opening Hours: Motiongate - Saturday to Wednesday, 11am to 8pm | Thursday to Friday, 11am to 9pm
Bollywood Parks - Saturday to Wednesday, 1pm to 9pm | Thursday to Friday, 1pm to 10pm
Legoland - Saturday Wednesday, 10am to 6pm | Thursday to Friday, 10am to 8pm
Legoland Water Park - Daily, 10am to 6pm
If you want to stay away from the heat or avoid any bad weather, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the place to go. Covering over 1.5 million square feet, it’s the world’s largest indoor theme park!
IMG Worlds of Adventure features 4 ‘Epic Zone’, each with a special theme. Meet your Cartoon Network favourite characters like the Powerpuff Girls. Ride the Thor Super Spin and fight villains with other Marvel superheroes.
Hope you got your running shoes on because it’s time to run for your life from the prehistoric dinosaurs in The Lost Valley. In the final Epic Zone, get ready for a teeth-chattering experience at the park’s famous haunted house, The Haunted Hotel!
Price: AED220 (= USD51)
Address: E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11am to 9pm | Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 10pm
Opening hours are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Attraction queues will be cut off at the closing time with the exception of The Haunted Hotel, which has a limited capacity and will be closed up to 2 hours before the theme park closing time if the queue has reached its maximum capacity.
Another indoor attraction, Hub Zero is no ordinary theme park. Home to numerous interactive and immersive VR games and experiences. These hyperreality simulation allow you to see and experience beyond your imagination.
Join over 20 players and simultaneously attack a team of Locusts in the Gears of War Laser Siege. Rain bullets in your vengeful enemies in a 10-minute 3D adventure of Hack Attack and save yourself from the hungry zombies of Umbrella Corp in the Resident Evil Bio Terror interactive dark ride.
Address: Hub Zero, City Walk, Dubai
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 2pm to 10pm | Thursday to Friday, 2pm to 12am
Take a break from the heat and spend a cold winter day in the middle of the desert at Ski Dubai! In this world’s largest indoor snow park with 3,000 square metres of snow, you can go tobogganing, plunging down a twin-track bobsled, or watch the penguin show!
If you’re worried about not having the right clothes, you’ll be glad to know that each entry ticket includes all the necessary winter gear. Those with a Polar Express Pass can also get a 40-minute penguin viewing experience or a choice of other curated activities.
Address: Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of Emirates situated on Sheikh Zayed Rd
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 11pm | Thursday, 10am to 12am | Friday, 9am to 12am | Saturday, 9am to 11pm
Show Times: March of The Penguins - Daily, 2pm | 4pm | 6pm | 8pm
Despite its location in the middle of a desert, you can still find a slice of wondrous nature in Green Planet Dubai. A not-so-secret oasis amidst the engineering and architectural wonder in Dubai, Green Planet is a biodome right in the heart of this desert city.
Home to more than 3,000 exotic flora and fauna, Green Planet is an amazing recreation of the tropical rainforest. Created to bolster education about the planet's greenest ecosystems, it allows visitors to learn about the forest ecosystems as well as how vital they are to people and the planet.
Address: The Green Planet, City Walk, Dubai
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to 6pm | Thursday to Friday, 10a to 8pm
Right by the gorgeous Jumeirah Beach is Laguna Waterpark which guarantees an exciting day out by the beach. Float down the Lazy River winding around a gorgeous oasis and relax, or stretch out and float over the incredible infinity pool with temperature controlled waters.
Brace yourself and leap onto the surfboard at WaveOz 180, a controlled surfing experience, or slide down the Constrictor and the Manta, two state-of-the-art waterslides you'll find in the park. All the while, you can also enjoy beach access by just stepping out to North Beach La Mer so you have the best of both water worlds.
Price: AED130 (= USD35.59)
Address: Laguna Waterpark, La Mer, Jumeirah, Dubai
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 7pm
Witness the marvel of the Dubai underwater world with a visit to the city’s famous Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Located conveniently in the Dubai Mall, you can find one of the world’s largest suspended aquariums there.
The 10 million litre tank is home to over 300 sharks and rays, which also boasts the largest collection of tiger sharks in the world. There are multiple immersive experiences that visitors can take part in like hopping onto a glass-bottomed boat, stepping into a submersive simulator and more.
Address: Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is located on the ground level of The Dubai Mall
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 12am | Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 1am
Last admission to the aquarium is 30 minutes before closing time.
Light up your senses at this special glowing theme park. Get your access to the three distinct activity zones - The Art Park, the Dinosaur Park, and the Garden Glow, each of them with unique attractions and adventures for people of all ages to enjoy.
Step into the Art Park, which feels like another world when compared to the scorching temperatures elsewhere, and marvel at Mini Dubai! Try out the interactive hubs like the Dinosaur Lab and explore the Dinosaur Museum's collection of skeletons. And finally, in the Glow Park, the megasized artificial garden illuminated in light, you can enjoy a magical stroll.
Taking inspiration from nature, fireworks, and the wonders of the world. The park changes form with each season!
Price: AED61 (= USD15)
Address: Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Park, Dubai
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday, 4pm to 11pm | Friday, 4pm to 12am
The Dubai Garden Glow will be opened until 15 June for the year 2019. The opening of the new themed season is still to be confirmed!
Based on the Legend of Juha, a traveller from an Arabian folklore, Wild Wadi Waterpark is known for its unique features and thrilling slides. Brave the water park’s most famous slide, the Jumeirah Sceirah, with a nail-biting 120-meter drop through a trapdoor!
Scream down the Burj Surj, a hair-raising steep and twisting water slide, or simply dive into the wave pool to cool down from the heat. There’s also Wadi Washed, a flash flood simulation, where visitors can experience the water and sound show complete with thunder cracks, lightning flashes and sudden deluges of water.
Price: AED220 (= USD56)
Address: Jumeirah Road, Next To Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am till sunset
Opening hours vary depending on the time of year. Please check the timings in the Wild Wadi Waterpark website.
The first ever virtual reality and augmented reality attraction in Dubai, VR Park Dubai blurs the line between perception and reality. Take on mind-blowing experiences and rides with genres ranging from adventure, horror, action, and many more.
Challenge everything you see as you put on the VR headset. More than a dozen of different VR and AR attractions, you’re bound to have an interesting day with your friends!
Price: AED95 (= USD25.89)
Address: VR Park, Level 2, Dubai Mall, Downtown, Dubai
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 11pm | Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 1am
Located on the famous Palm Jumeirah Island, the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is a treasure trove of thrilling rides. Home to Aquaconda, the world’s largest water slide and certainly embodies its name. Let it catapult you and your friends into a wild ride and drop you into the largest fiberglass tube in the world!
Head to the Tower of Poseidon where you will experience record-breaking rides that plunge you into tanks with sharks and rays. For a break from the adrenaline rush, visit the gentle and playful dolphins at the dolphin encounter or venture into the Lost Chambers Aquarium to surround yourself with sharks, stingray, piranhas, lobsters, and seahorses in a maze of underwater glass tunnels.
Address: Atlantis, Crescent Road,The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am till sunset. Opening hours may vary depending on the time of year.
Just about 20 metres off the shore by the famous Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) area, you can find a floating park. Aqua Fun is the world’s largest inflatable waterpark and if you look from above, you can see that it spells out ‘Dubai’!
Slip and slide your day away and hop onto the longest and highest water slides in Aqua Fun. There are 74 different obstacles for you to climb, jump, slide around and have the most fun workout! Open all year round, this colourful inflatable waterpark is not one to be missed.
Address: The Beach, opposite of JBR - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 7pm
A unique obstacle park in Dubai, this treetop playground is the place to be with your friends and family for an outdoor experience like no other. Go zip-lining through nature, rope climbing in tricky obstacles and more in Aventura Parks.
Home to over 85 exhilarating challenges across 5 different levels, there’s something for everyone to do. Surrounded by the beautiful outdoors, you can also push your limit by trying out out of their more challenging obstacle. Aventura Parks has invested in the highest technology for safety equipments, so you can have fun without any worries!
Address: Mushrif Park، Gate 1، POB 30929 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 10am to 9pm | Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 10pm
A theme park built to cater to families with young children, KidZania is something that both kids and adults alike will enjoy. Enter the world of KidZania and its built-to-scale kid-sized town where for once, it’s the children that are in charge!
Children get to roleplay numerous real world jobs like being a fireman, doctor, police officer, beautician and many more. Along the way, they will learn how to manage their money as well as develop some cognitive and motor skills! Fun yet educational, it’s the perfect day out for the family.
Address: KidZania Dubai, Level 2, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm
For kids that wished that their toys would come to life at night, well at Mattel Play! Town in Dubai, they’ve come to life every day! The worlds created by Mattel is now a reality where kids can work alongside Bob the Builder.
They can hop on the Thomas and Friends Adventure where they'll board from Knapford Station and enjoy journey through the Island of Sodor. Meet Barney and friends where they can sing, dance, learn and create things with the friendly purple dinosaur!
Address: Mattel Play! Town, City Walk, Dubai
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday, 9am to 8pm | Thursday, 10am to 10pm | Friday, 11am to 10pm
Abu Dhabi theme parks
Step into the vibrant, action-packed worlds from the Warner Bros at this theme park. Chase down Tom and Jerry in the Cartoon Junction or save the world with the legendary superheroes of the DC Universe in Metropolis and Gotham.
In Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, you're guaranteed an unforgettable day with the whole family, exploring these animated worlds and having a great time in the state of the art attractions all around the park.
Price: AED295 (= USD70)
Address: Warner Bros. World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am to 8pm
Feeling like you're in need for speed? Experience a wide variety of rides and attractions suitable for every age member of the family at Ferrari World, the largest space frame structure ever built (with area enough to fit 7 football fields).
Explore the first and only Ferrari-branded amusement park where you can practice your F1 car driving skills in a challenging race course. Whether or not you're a fan of Formula One racing, you are bound to have an action-packed time at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.
Address: Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am to 8pm
As the UAE’s first mega waterpark and winner of TripAdvisor's 2015 Traveler's Choice Award, Yas Waterworld has it all. Home to four zones of different intensity, there really is something for everyone.
Scream your way down 20m-high tornado waterslides, free fall down Jezebel Drop or chill out on the lazy river. Even the kids can put their detective skills to the test as they follow cartoon character Dana on her treasure hunt for a magical pearl. For the beach bums, you can even get butler-serviced dining at the beach cabanas!
Price: AED210 (= USD57)
Address: Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 8pm
Travel with ease to and from these theme parks with an attraction transfer from Klook. When in Dubai, a must-visit is the Burj Khalifa observation deck for a breathtaking view of Dubai's skyline, desert and ocean. Make sure you start off your holiday without a hitch with an airport transfer and by staying connected with a 4G SIM Card and 4G WiFi Device.
Abu Dhabi essentials
When in Abu Dhabi, a must-visit is the majestic Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque for a breathtaking view of topnotch architecture. Make sure you start off your holiday without a hitch with an airport transfer and by staying connected with a 4G SIM Card and 4G WiFi Device. Get around easily with a hop on hop off bus tour or private car charter!