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Dubai Theme Parks
For high quality family entertainment, the growing number of theme parks in Dubai will not disappoint. There's something for everyone - from waterparks to stunning high octane rides - plus rides for younger kids too
Amusement Attractions & Theme Parks In Dubai
Many people that visit Dubai will leave with the impression that the city is one big amusement adventure, and it certainly is a place where you can have fun and live the high life. It is absolutely full of things to do like visit film studios where members of the public can experience on set activities, enjoy a number of water slides and swimming pools to try and cool off in during the burning hot summers. You can even enjoy camel riding and also a slalom ski run inside a shopping mall! In fact, there are so many different attractions it's hard to know what to do first.
If you're visiting any tourist or holiday destination, it's possible that local theme parks may be high on your visit list, so let's take a look at what Dubai has to offer in this department.
Aquaventure Theme Park
If it's water you want then try and schedule a fun day out at the Aquaventure Theme Park. It’s the biggest one there is in the city and you’ll find it at the Atlantis Resort, specifically at the Palm Jumeirah Hotel, where you can book a few nights and enjoy the facilities the theme park has to offer.
The emphasis at Aquaventure is purely on water and fun. There are more swimming pools here than you could count and most of them have water slides. It often takes several days to go round the entire park and the one attraction everyone heads for is the Ziggurat, a 28m high slide that launches you through a see through tunnel where you will see sharks up close and personal.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Water and fun is also high on the agenda at the Wild Wadi Waterpark, and you’ll find this right opposite the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel, the world’s only seven-star luxury hotel and now a famous global landmark.
There are a staggering 24 slides, streams that fire upwards and some highly intensive, super-fast and high water rides. Many of the slides here are not for the faint hearted and with one slide some 80 metres high you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you may want to give this one a miss. Even if you do not fear heights then catapulting down a water slide that takes you down at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour may be something only suitable for genuine thrill seekers.
Ski Dubai Snow Park
You might not believe it given the desert environment, but skiing in Dubai is possible with a massive theme park where you don’t have to bring any skiing equipment or apparel with you. Here you can hire all the stuff you need and there are one or two very steep black runs to test even the most experienced skier.
The Wonderland Theme Park is another place where you can enjoy the water but also a great place for go Karting, riding on camels, playing video games, watching movies at the indoor theatre, enjoying paintball competitions and swimming.
If you love swimming with dolphins then take a hop along to the Dolphin Bay Theme Park, where you can enjoy the experience of swimming with these majestic mammals in what Tripadvisor describe as ''one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world.'' But it can be rather pricey here, so make sure you have your credit card handy.
Sega RepublicA stunningly entertaining indoor theme park, Sega Republic provides 14 different attractions where you get to test your skills in amusement video games of all types - races, snowboarding, joyriding, zombie battles. It's all here.
Coming Up - Big Theme Parks Of The Future
To ensure its place as the number one destination for tourist visitors in the run up to the 2020 Dubai World Expo, the Emirate needs to develop further infrastructure that will support the huge numbers of visitors expected. That means more hotels, more restaurants, improved internal travel systems, enhanced attractions....and of course, even bigger and better theme parks.
In this section we'll take a look at what's on Dubai's horizon as far as new theme parks are concerned.
Dubai Parks And Resorts
Under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts began construction in February of 2014.
With Dubai’s massive and ever expanding infrastructure, and its great influence in the industry of tourism, Dubai Parks and Resorts looks to help Dubai double its number of visitors from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020. Taking shape in Jebel Ali, Dubai Parks and Resorts looks to help accomplish this by offering 25 million square feet of entertainment and leisure.
In the way of entertainment, this multi-billion dollar project will begin by showcasing three theme parks, all planned to be operational by 2017. These theme parks will be Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, and Bollywood Parks Dubai.
Motiongate Dubai looks to bring big screen Hollywood characters to life with four separate zones. Each zone will offer its own unique rides and offer visitors the latest in entertainment technology.
While LEGOLAND would seem self explanatory, LEGOLAND Dubai is looking to bring these well known blocks to life, and offer kids between the ages of 2 - 12 an interactive experience with this exciting attractions.
Bollywood Parks Dubai is being touted as the first theme park in the world that will be solely dedicated to the Indian film industry. The largest names in Indian cinema will be represented here for fans from all across the world to celebrate. With the latest technology, this will surely be a fan favorite.
Now with all of this awaiting visitors, a grand entrance would seem fitting. Dubai Parks and Resorts plans on doing this by introducing itself by way of Riverpark. While it will be centrally located between the theme parks themselves, Riverpark will serve as an entrance area for each. Riverpark itself will also offer visitors a chance at even more entertainment, as well as dining options and retail facilities.
As for the leisure, Dubai Parks and Resorts will offer a themed family hotel. So whether you are just taking in Dubai Parks and Resorts alone or planning a family getaway, everything will literally be at your fingertips.
Dubai based development company Meraas Holding is heading this amazing project, along with help of such leading development industry firms as Gensler, Rabben Herman, RTKL, HOK, and Riva Creative. Also helping with the infrastructure design are Samsung SDS and CH2M Hill.
With all of this, it may be hard to believe that this is only Phase 1 of the project. With projects such as these, Dubai looks to keep up a trend of generating thousands of jobs, as well as growing its own infrastructure and generating economic growth in the region. With Phase 1 set to be complete by 2016, Dubai looks to add yet another major tourist attraction to its list of global tourism accomplishments.
His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman of Meraas Holding, perhaps summed it up the best by saying:
“Meraas is committed to developing new concepts to build Dubai’s position as one of the world’s great new cities. Dubai Parks and Resorts has been designed as the first of its kind entertainment destination that simultaneously opens the gates of three theme parks. The project will feature leading intellectual properties from elite industry players to create leisure and entertainment concepts that are expected to draw more than five million residents and tourist annually. We are confident our efforts will contribute to achieving the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and become the pride of our nation. At Meraas, we are excited to signal the start of an ambitious destination that is anticipated to generate thousands of new jobs as an international entertainment hub.”
Pearl Of Dubai
The Pearl Of Dubai will be the world's largest underwater theme park on its completion in 2020, just in time for the Dubai world Expo. The underwater attraction built over 5 acres in shallow seas near the World Islands will appeal to anyone who believes that life underwater offers some of the most stunning sites you'll ever see.
It'll certainly play a major part in placing Dubai firmly in the sights of snorkelling and deep diving fans, who will be able to get up close to replicas of the lost city of Atlantis based on some of the scenes in the Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.
IMG World's Of Adventure
One of the big guarantees of any Dubai summer visit will be the heat, and this indoor planned park - situated midway between the two international airports - is designed to offer fully air conditioned fun and entertainment. For one combined entrance fee, families with kids will have the perfect venue to enjoy a number of stunning interactive and immersive themed rides, including the first Ben 10 3D cinema in the world and rides/models based on other Marvel and popular cartoon figures.
The IMG park is reportedly experiencing slow development with opening unlikely to be seen until late 2015 or early 2016.
Dubai has a target of becoming the number one tourist destination in the Asia region by the time of the World Expo in 2020. Its chances of success rests heavily on building on the number of local attractions - of which theme parks play a big part - alongside ongoing development of the different forms of tourism in Dubai.
So Dubai's theme parks will play a central role in the Emirate's future. They need to be accessible, they need to be green, they need to be smart. And they need to equal or surpass the thrills and spills found in other theme parks across the world.
If one thing is certain, it's that the Dubai authorities have a clear plan how they can deliver on this promise.
This page will take a look at the theme park developments already operating in the Emirate, and those that will grace Dubai in the coming years.....read more.....