The United Arab Emirates is rapidly becoming a very popular tourist destination.  Apart from its breathtaking desert landscapes along with some beautiful architectural marvels, the UAE is also home to a wide range of theme parks and amusement parks. From Hollywood-inspired rides through the world’s fastest roller coaster to family-friendly attractions, you can take your pick from a plethora of options at the best theme parks and amusement parks in the UAE :

1. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi stands in its own league of brilliance. Famed to be the largest indoor amusement park in the world, Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World has won several awards of high relevance that cements its reputation for being one of the best in the world. The theme park has been named “Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction” in 2015 & 2016, and “Middle East’s Leading Theme Park” in 2017 at the World Travel Awards.

Ferrari World is the pride of Abu Dhabi tourism and thus one of the most recommended places to visit in Abu Dhabi.It is one of the main attractions in the capital for adrenaline and speed junkies.

It is a showcase of one of the best and most famous companies in motorsports history. For motor nerds and fans of Formula 1 racing, it’s a heaven and one of the best places to visit in Dubai. A theme park that will give you firsthand experience of the awesomeness that lies under the flag of Ferrari.

Make sure not to miss the world’s fastest roller coaster that goes at the speed of 250 km/h in a mind-boggling 4.9 seconds! Definitely not for the faint of heart!

And it is one of the most recommended things to do in Abu Dhabi.Many captivating activities and events to partake in on a daily basis, like fun, live shows, electric-powered go-kart racing, racing simulators and a ton of racing memorabilia waiting to be collected.

Timings : Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is open 365 days of the year between 11 am to 8 pm.

Location : Yas Island – Yas Leisure

2. IMG Worlds of Adventure

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IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s best and biggest indoor theme park, packed full of truly immersive thrills for all the family. It is an indoor amusement park in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination. The park is divided into five zones, two of which represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zones are original concepts created by the IMG Group. Novo Cinema is the fifth section.

With the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day, the destination features roller coasters, thrill rides, and other attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic Marvel Super Heroes and animatronic dinosaurs.

With non-stop entertainment from live stage shows to unique IMG World rides, the Dubai indoor theme park offers a full day of excitement for adventure seekers of all ages. There are also plenty of places to dine and shop and you can find wheelchairs and strollers for hire for improved accessibility.

Timings : Sunday to Saturday 12.00 Noon – 10.00 PM

*Opening hours are subject to change.

Location : E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd – City of Arabia – Dubai

3. Warner Brothers Abu Dhabi

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When you’re in the UAE, you can never get bored. Festivals, events, live shows, and so many other attractions are always there to keep you busy and amused. Speaking of amusement, the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is an amazing place for entertainment and recreation.

Warner Brothers parks is a huge theme park, which is located in the capital in Abu Dhabi. It is one of the 3 Warner Brothers parks in the world (1 more in Spain and 1 in Australia). Project cost about 1 billion dollars, so you can imagine how cool it is inside! This park is located on Yas Island and opened in June 2018. It has 6 theme zones, each with their own purpose and attractions – Warner Bros. Plaza, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, Cartoon Junction, Gotham City, and Metropolis

It features characters from Warner Bros such as the Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry and many more. It contains more than 20 rides and attractions, restaurants, attractions, shops and shows.

The park is open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM.The rides open daily from 10 AM.

This immersive indoor theme park is said to be one amongst the largest indoor theme parks around the world and is branded as a family friendly destination that caters to all age groups. With rides, shows and attractions for everyone, Warner Bros. World perfectly compliments the adventure destination theme of Yas Island, built alongside iconic attractions like Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld & Yas Marina Circuit and the many other entertainment and leisure destinations the man made island has in the pipeline.

Timings :The park is open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM. However, Opening hours are subject to change, please keep an eye for updates.

Location : Yas Island – Abu Dhabi

4. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai

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MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, is the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East, uniting four Hollywood studios for the first time – Sony Pictures Studios including the Smurfs, DreamWorks Animation, Columbia pictures and Lionsgate featuring 27 immersive rides and attractions, 15 live entertainment experiences, 9 themed restaurants and 15 themed retail outlets.

Peep behind the reel Hollywood presentations and go behind the scenes – precisely what the Motiongate Dubai promises you with. Understand the illusion of the filmmaking process, as well as creating both innovative and engaging stories at Motiongate Dubai.

Motiongate Dubai zones are inspired by around 13 different action and animated films such as Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, Shrek, Ghostbusters, and The Hunger Games. Five exhilarating roller coaster rides of Motiongate Dubai defines its aura at yet another level. Amongst all, Madagascar Mad Pursuit is a must-see as it is Dubai’s fastest roller coaster rides.

Capitol Bullet Train, Panem Aerial Tour, Hotel Transylvania, Underworld 4D, Zombieland Blast Off, Ghostbusters: Battle for New York, The Green Hornet: High-Speed Chase and Flint’s Imagination Lab are some noteworthy attractions.

At the end of your visit, do not forget to pick some merchandise or souvenirs from retail outlets.

Timings : Saturday to Wednesday: 2 pm – 10 pm

                  Thursday and Friday: 2 pm – 11 pm

Location : Dubai Parks and Resorts Exit 5

5. Bollywood Parks

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Bollywood Parks Dubai at Dubai Parks and Resorts, is the world’s first theme park dedicated to Bollywood, Mumbai’s famous movie industry. Packed with action, adventure, dance, and romance, this family-friendly theme park offers exhilarating rides, heart-thumping live performances, and of course mouth-watering treats. Spread across Six zones, Bollywood Parks Dubai offers a variety of attractions. From World’s Tallest Swing Ride to new family-friendly rides to thrilling and amazing attractions to 4D Bollywood Experiences to live entertainment shows and so much more…Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is surely the place to be with your kids, friends, and Family.

Bollywood Parks spreads its celebrations across five dynamic zones: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios, which features the Hall of Heroes.

Don, Sholay, Krrish, Lagaan and Dabangg – these are just some of the big-name Bollywood blockbusters featured in the park’s immersive rides and attractions.Battle the baddies alongside Sholay heroes Jai and Veeru as you hunt for Gabbar Singh on a 3D laser-gun ride or chase Shah Rukh Khan’s mafia boss Don through the streets of Dubai. You can even watch a historic cricket from Lagaan unfold before your very eyes.  

Also don’t be surprised to see artists break into choreographed dances throughout the day. Enjoy the Jashan-e-Welcome showcasing India’s diverse cultural dance forms, including chhau, kathakali, bhangra and garba.

Bollywood Parks also hosts regular concerts with A-list singers and musicians. A.R. Rahman, Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, and Atif Aslam are just a few superstars who have delighted audiences of late.

It also offers numerous eateries.Taste traditional Indian street food from roasted peanuts to sugarcane juice and lemonade, or enjoy delectable Mughlai cuisine in a high-end setting at Mughal-e-Azam, an ode to the 1960s film of the same name.

Timings : 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location : Dubai Parks and Resorts Exit 5

6. Legoland Park

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Designed especially with little ones in mind, the new Legoland Water Park in Dubai Parks and Resorts is the perfect place for your 2 to 12-year-olds to cool off in the UAE heat this summer.

Legoland is a family-friendly theme park, centered on the mega famous Lego building blocks. 

Those who are familiar with Legos will enjoy the adventure of a world built entirely out of gigantic bricks.

Additionally, the park showcases a giant Lego replica of Dubai’s pride, the Burj Khalifa, and the spectacular Dubai skyline. As if that weren’t enough, a whole waterpark made of Lego bricks is also available.

When you arrive at the park, you can choose between four themed lands – ‘Imagination,’ ‘Adventure,’ ‘Kingdoms,’ and ‘Lego City;’ with each providing a unique experience all its own. 

There is a park map available at the entrance, and you can choose what shows you would like to attend – ‘The Lego Movie,’ ‘Nexo Knights,’ as well as the ‘Ninjago puppet show,’ and determining the best time is therefore crucial to your visit.

7. Ski Dubai

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When it is sweltering hot outside, spend some time skiing in Dubai and you will forget the outside heat. The popular Ski Dubai resort offers you a unique experience of skiing in the Arabian land of Dubai  which is spread over 22,500sq meters located in Dubai, making ice skiing a reality in the middle of the fiery sun. Besides the thrilling indoor rides from zip lining to snowboarding, the resort is renowned worldwide for its indoor ski experience. Take a trip around, with your gloves and masks on and, sure enough, that you’ll be back with some unforgettable memories.

Some activities in Ski Dubai include : Ski Slopes, Snowboarding, Chair Lift, Mountain Thriller, Snow Penguins, Snow Bullet

Located in one of the world’s biggest shopping malls – the Mall of Emirates, Ski Dubai is the highlight of the mall, amidst the widest selection of shopping, dining, and cinema experiences you can indulge in. 

Timings : Its doors open at 10:00 AM in the morning and continue till 12:00 in the midnight on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

On the weekends (Friday and Saturday) it’s open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM.

After you’ve had your fix of playing in the snow, be sure to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at the famous Avalanche Cafe.

So what are you waiting for? Buy passes to Ski Dubai and have a memorable snow experience in the middle of a desert!

8. Kidzania

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Does your child talk about being a doctor? A journalist? A chef? Be the wind beneath their wings as they get a taste of professional life!

KidZania Dubai is the embodiment of wholesome, educational, family entertainment. This special attraction in Dubai offers kids, along with their parents, a realistic physical environment to role play and mimic activities done by adults in real life.It is an interactive, edu-tainment centre where your kids can get the experience of any of the 80 plus professional roles, set in the replica of a real city.it is a great way to transport kids from the real world to a world of imagination

The roleplaying options include everything from a fireman and an actor to a police officer or a beautician.Once they pick a profession, the kids have to perform “jobs” which they’ll get paid for or they can spend money on things like entertainment and shopping.

Essentially, KidZania offers kids an opportunity to live like adults, in a safe, fun environment, while also learning about the responsibilities that come with being an adult.

The indoor city is built to scale, complete with buildings, vehicles, paved streets, a functioning economy, and popular destinations called establishments, which are sponsored and branded by leading multinational and local brands.

Your children will enjoy ‘adulting’ in an interactive child-sized city, featuring universities, banks, hospitals and will learn the value of money and managing finances as they use an active banking system

With tons of activities to take part in, children are guaranteed excitement and safety under the guidance of special ‘zupervisors’.

Timings : To ensure you have complete freedom to plan your trip, KidZania Dubai is open 7 days a week.

Saturday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 8 PM

Please note that the counter closes at 7 PM

Thursday & Friday: 12 Noon – 9 PM

Please note that the counter closes at 8 PM

Location : Kidzania Dubai is located at Level 2 (Opposite Reel Cinemas), The Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai, Near Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Since it’s located at such a prime spot, getting to Kidzania Dubai is quite easy.

For toddlers, there’s the Fun First Nursery, where they get a safe environment to play and learn.

Please note, kids below the height of 120cm need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

9. VR Park – Pay & Play

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Combining augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) via 18 interactive experiences and rides, the VR Park is the first of its kind in the Middle East. An escapism from reality to an imaginary nirvana, this park is a gamers haven and shrieks adventure all round. This most definitely is one of the most fun things to do in Dubai Mall.

Once you enter this marvelous arena, you can find an enormous model of the Burj Khalifa hung upside down and around this is a wonderful array of 18 spectacular rides and interactive experiences that will leave you speechless. You can also choose to play multiplayer games with your friends and family for a ‘shared escapism’. Where else would you get to do this in the world?

VR Park features a virtual reality landscape across all genres – adrenaline, horror, leisure and more.

Timings : Sun to Wed: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

                  Thu to Sat: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Location : Address Level 2, between Reel Cinemas and KidZania®, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai

10. Aventura Park

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Dubai is such a versatile tourist destination, it has something for everyone. It has beautiful and historic Islamic architecture, stunning buildings, huge souks and malls and every attraction you would ever think possible, including a zoo, a safari, a ski world, and beaches to name a few! And now it has something to satisfy every little adventure craving in you as well. Aventura Park was started to bring a spirit of adventure to Dubai. The park also has a distinction of being the first outdoor adventure activity centre in the country. For everyone who wants to be sporty and get a chance to interact with nature in Dubai’s beautiful Ghaf forests, Aventura Park provides the best and most adventurous experience that Dubai can offer.

Aventura Park is a Spanish adventure park brand, brought specially to Dubai by two people excited to replicate adventure, thrill and excitement in Dubai.The aim is to pass these obstacles and complete your run in record time.

The challenges include different tree-top zip lines, exhilarating walks on suspended (and slightly shaky) bridges, wooden tunnels that you have to snake through, long cargo nets and Tarzan jumps that will test your muscle strength. This sounds simple and straightforward. However, believe us when we say, it takes courage and energy to even attempt some of these activities in Aventura Park Dubai.

Timings : August & September: Open Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 5pm-midnight

Location : Mushrif Park – Gate 1