Dubai Destinations: Eight Best Theme Parks, From Water Adventures To Larger-Than-Life Fun Experiences – News

Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest theme park destination in the Middle East offers an incredible scale and variety of entertainment

A photo taken on Feb. 25, 2021 shows a view of The Palm’s Aquaventure water park in Dubai. – The park is expected to reopen in March after the addition of new expansions. (Photo: AFP)


Posted: Sat 8 Jan 2022, 12:33 PM

Last update: Sat 8 Jan 2022, 12:39

Over the past decades, Dubai has grown in popularity around the world as a family-friendly tourist destination with a wide range of exciting places to visit and things to do for the whole family.

At the root of that reputation is the variety of mega theme parks that offer everything from Guinness World Record rides to magical experiences for Hollywood and Bollywood fans.

The various theme parks in the emirate are key attractions highlighted by the #DubaiDestinations initiative launched by the Dubai Media Council to showcase the exceptional activities and experiences offered by the emirate.

Dubai theme parks provide an opportunity for people to come together as friends and families for wonderful indoor and outdoor entertainment experiences.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest theme park destination in the Middle East offers an incredible scale and variety of entertainment.

With Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park, all in one incredible location spread over 25 million square feet, Dubai Parks and Resorts offers endless fun with over 100 thrilling rides, record-breaking rides and captivating shows.

Motiongate Dubai invites people on exciting rides with themes from Hollywood blockbusters like The Hunger Games, Ghostbusters, Step Up and more. It also brings some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies to life from DreamWorks Animation and Columbia Pictures, including The Smurfs and Lionsgate.

Legoland offers over 40 Lego themed rides and shows where kids can get creative by building Lego structures, driving cars or piloting a boat.

The adjacent Legoland Water Park, the only water park in the region designed specifically for children aged 2-12 and their families, offers the option of going on a water safari or descending one of its 20 slides and attractions.

With 15,000 Lego models and over 60 million Lego bricks, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park are family favorites in Dubai.

Promising endless fun for everyone, BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai is the quintessential family destination and the first and only theme park in the world that has been inspired and showcased the bold and colorful storytelling of Bollywood. Immersing its guests in cultural extravaganza, the park is home to 17 action-packed rides and family-friendly attractions, immersive and authentic shopping experiences, captivating dance performances, live performances, and spectacular offerings of Indian food and drink.

Guests can stay just steps from the four world-famous parks at Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection, a Polynesian-themed family-friendly hotel that is part of Marriott International, or Rove at The Park, a funky mid-range hotel. range which is also perfect for families.

Dubai also has many water parks that provide exceptional entertainment and adventure experiences for people of all ages. They include massive slides, wave pools, and smaller rides for kids. Whether it’s an Arabian-themed water park or up-close experiences with marine life, everyone will have a great time.

Located on the beautiful Palm Islands at Atlantis, The Palm Resorts, Aquaventure Waterpark is one of the largest water parks in the entire Middle East and Europe. Offering unique experiences like the chance to swim with sharks and rays in a protected environment, this award-winning theme park features 105 record-breaking slides.

Aquaventure water park Home to the world’s best waterslides, from epic heights and turns to high-speed falls.

A view of The Palm's Aquaventure water park in Dubai.  (Photo: AFP)

A view of The Palm’s Aquaventure water park in Dubai. (Photo: AFP)

Voted one of the best water parks in the world by TripAdvisor, Aquaventure Waterpark completed a much anticipated expansion last year. Dominating Aquaventure is the impressive Trident Tower.

At 48 meters high and with 12 high performance water rides, the record structure dominates the skyline. Top attractions include the world’s tallest slide and the longest family roller coaster that offers the triple pleasure of speed, power and rafting adventure.

Guests can also ride the area’s longest river with gushing rapids that send you twisting and spinning through raging torrents. For a more relaxing experience, Aquaventure’s Raging Rapids takes you down a lazy river with different areas of wave intensity. The water park also has a 1 km private beach which offers breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline.

Another exciting water park in Dubai is the Laguna water park, located at the hotel La Mer, with a magnificent seafront and promenade. With four zones (Surf, Relax, Slide and Splash), the park is best known for its Ultimate Surf Machine which is only one of three in the world.

For those looking for a one-stop-shop for the best entertainment, shopping, dining, cultural activities, experiences and attractions in Dubai, there is no better place than Global Village. Currently in its 26th season, Global Village offers something different from other parks in Dubai with various lively festivals and exciting shows that showcase cultural heritage from various parts of the world.

AT Global village, you can experience 80 different cultures in 26 pavilions featuring artisans, artists and wonders from all over the world.

Visitors can explore a treasure trove of unique products at over 3,500 shops and stalls. The very popular Carnival is home to more than 170 rides, games and attractions for the whole family. Global Village’s current Season 26 features the finest and rarest flavors and dishes from any continent.

Guests are spoiled for choice with over 200 restaurants, cafes and the most culturally diverse street food offering in the region.

Global Village also offers a unique lineup of over 200 shows each day featuring over 400 artists from around the world. A spectacular fireworks display lights up the sky every Friday and Saturday night throughout the season.



Capturing and inspiring children’s imaginations is a very important part of Global Village’s ethics. This season, the world’s first Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone features a series of fun and interactive activity zones. Another major attraction is Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, which offers a journey through the world and through the ages.



More than 100 new exhibitions are presented this season. Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze – with over 250 mirrors, LED lighting, and digital sound – is enhanced with immersive features for new levels of illusion. Season 26 also includes the 4D Moving Theater featuring the magical mayhem from the movie Happy Family.

Photo: VRPARKDXB / Facebook

Photo: VRPARKDXB / Facebook

If you prefer to experience thrills and adventures in a virtual world, the electrifying VR park, one of the largest indoor VR and theme parks in the world, located at the Dubai Mall, offers a range of thrilling experiences with 16 thrilling simulated rides that use next-level technology in innovative and exciting ways.

The first VR-based theme park in the Middle East, the facility offers a gentle escape from the pitfalls of the real world, giving visitors the chance to experience breathtaking adventures and visit extraordinary places. The VR Park will appeal to the whole family with a varied mix of rides and video games.


From helicopter malfunctions and skyscraper falls and paragliding, dunes and battles against zombie robots, this futuristic theme park offers entertainment literally out of this world. A new addition to the VR Park is the Trampoline Park and Inflatable Playground which provide fun experiences for the whole family.

What makes the place truly special is the strong emphasis on shared VR experiences thanks to the multiplayer functionality ideal for groups of friends and families. The experiences and rides range from education to action, sweet and exhilarating and everywhere in between.

All Dubai theme parks follow globally recognized preventive protocols that provide the highest levels of health and safety to visitors. These protocols implemented at public facilities in the emirate are part of a comprehensive protection regime that has made Dubai one of the safest destinations in the world.

James C. Tibbs