There’s no shortage of things to do in the UAE— it is one of the most preferred destination due to its easy Dubai visa online process and affordability holiday options. And when it comes to deciding things to do in a destination, visiting Theme Parks top the list for people of all ages. UAE is packed with award winning theme parks. To complete your theme park bucket list, we have sought out the best cult-favorite parks across the country, many of which feature some of the world’s best thrills and delights. Here are the 7 best Theme Parks in the UAE.
Plan to visit one or include all of them in your bucket list, the choice is yours.
1. Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai – Rides That Go Wild
Undoubtedly one of the best theme parks in the UAE.
Situated right next to the iconic Burj Al Arab, in Jumeirah, the Wild Wadi Water Park is known for its one-of-a-kind array of top of the range rides, pools and facilities. The park boasts over 30 attractions and 23 swimming pools, most of which interconnect, enabling visitors to enjoy continuous waterborne movement. With state-of-the-art rides, including 8 Master Blaster and 2 Flow Riders, the Wild Wadi Water Park is packed with thrills and spills for visitors of all ages.
Those looking for thrills and screams can ride the Jumeirah Sceirah, a 120-metre long 32-metre high slide and for a more laild back afternoon, swim through the wave pool or float along the lazy river. Themed around the Arabian Folklore, the Wild Wadi Park features central characters such as Juha and his seafaring friend, Sinbad. It’s attention to detail emphasis on character structure and development has won the park the World Waterpark Association Industry Innovation Award for extraordinary accomplishment Design and theme.
The best part is Wild Wadi Water Park is that it is centrally located; approximately 20 minutes drive from the Burj Khalifa, 15 minutes drive from Dubai Marina and a 20 minute drive from Dubai Frame. After a tiring day of rides and activities, grab lip smacking food at any of the park’s restaurant, namely Julshan’s Burgers and Dogs and Juha’s Family Kitchen, Wrap & Roll, Riptide Pizza, Leila’s Fruits and Snacks and Shahbandar’s Café.
Major Attractions: Jumeirah Sceirah, Burj Surj, Master Blasters, Tantrum Alley, Juha’s Dhow Lagoon, Juha’s Journey, Action River, Wipeout and Riptide, Breaker’s Bay.
Wild Wadi Waterpark Address: Opp. Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah St, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Wild Wadi Waterpark Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00-19:00 (timings may vary)
2. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi – For Every Auto-Enthusiast
If Dubai is the star of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi isnt far behind! Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World is the world’s first Ferrari- branded theme park and largest space frame structure ever built. Located on Yas Island on the North East side of Abu Dhabi’s mainland, the theme park was inaugurated in the year 2010. Having recieved multiple awards including “Middle East’s Leading Theme Park 2020” and the “World’s Leading Theme Park 2020”. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi has rapidly built an international reputation and is now established as a world leader in the field of theme parks.
From nearly 43 rides, roller coasters and racing games to simulation games, interactive attractions and entertainment activities, Ferrari World is is a thrill-seeker’s dream that brings the turbo-charged “Ferrari feeling” to life. The highlight of the park is the Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world that reaches speeds of 140 m.p.h to a height of 170 feet in a mind-blowing 4.9 seconds. Riding the Formula Rossa will make you feel like a real F1 driver, as the G-force is the same as driving in an F1 car.
Ferrari World is about a 10 minute drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 50 minutes from Yas Marina Circuit where the F1 is held.
Go on one of the world’s most sophisticated 4D simulators, test your limit behind the wheel of an F1 car or click a selfie with your favourite Ferrari, live all the passion of Ferrari with your loved ones.
Major attractions: Formula Rossa, Formula Rossa Junior, Flying Aces, Turbo Track, Fiorano GT Challenge, Scuderia Challenge, Turbo Tower, Speed of Magic, G-Force Ride, Flying Wings, Speedway Race, Bell’ Italia, V12, Tyre Twist.
Ferrari World Address: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Ferrari World Timings: Monday to Sunday 1:00pm – 8:00pm
3. Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi – Yas Hai Khaas
It may seem obvious, but Yas Waterworld is one of the best theme parks in the UAE and is a must-visit.
Located on the world famous Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Yas Waterworld is an Arabian-themed waterpark. The traditional Emirati theme is reflected in the overall park design, as well as, in the water slides.
There are nearly 45 rides and slides and attractions designed for kids, adults and families to fuel their adrenaline rush. These rides are divided into four fun categories to suit your thrill level: Adrenaline Rush, Exciting Adventures, Moving & Grooving, and Young Fun. Along with a diversity of live events and shows, pearl-diving exhibits, authentic souk-style shopping, the rides and attractions are one of a kind that have never been seen before in any other water park in the world.
Yas Waterworld is just minutes away from the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.
Yas Island roped in Bollywood star, Ranveer Singh in a viral marketing campaign, ‘Yas Hai Khaas’ translating as ‘Yas Is Special’ to showcase the destination’s plethora of attractions and attract more tourists.
Truly, you haven’t been to a water park until you’ve been to Yas Waterworld, Water’s Greatest Playground. Get ready to say YasHaiKhaas when you play, slide, speed, shop and so much more.
Major attractions: Jebel Drop, Falcons Falaj, Bandit Bomber, Liwa Loop, Slither’s Slides, Al Rawa River, Bubbles Barrel, Hamhool’s Humps.
Address: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Yas Waterworld: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
4. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi – A Day Of Action And Adventure
If you want your favourite superhero or cartoon character to come to life, this is the place to visit.
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi doesn’t need any introduction! It is one of the world’s largest indoor and best theme parks in the UAE with imaginative rides, thrilling attractions, lively restaurants, and stores based on Warner Bros. World action heroes, cartoon characters and all the Warner Bros. World nostalgia you can take at every touchpoint from arrival to check-out.
Awarded by Guinness World Record as the Largest Indoor Indoor Theme Park, Warner Bros. World brings to life the beloved stories and characters from Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, and DC Entertainment Super Heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, alongside beloved Warner Bros animation characters like Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones. Among the many activities, visitors are transported to six truly immersive lands, including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza, to enjoy the park’s 29 state-of-the-art exhilarating rides and interactive attractions.
Major attractions: Scooby-Doo The Museum of Mysteries, Batman: Knight Flight, The Riddler Revolution, Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey, Tom and Jerry: Swiss Cheese Spin, Fast and Furry-ous, Justice League: Warworld Attacks.
Warner Bros. World Address: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Warner Bros Timings: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am – 06:00 pm
5. IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai – The Crown Jewel Of Dubai
If you’re a die hard fan of the Cartoon Network or Marvel Universe characters, this park is for you.
Measuring 1.5 million sq. Ft (equivalent to 28 football fields), IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai which was opened on 31 August 2016, is one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world.
The park features 4 epic zones themed around Marvel for superhero fans, Cartoon Network with all your favourite characters like the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10 etc, the Lost Valley for a Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard featuring a mishmash of toon characters. Even better? The zones comprises of 22 different rides and attractions including rollercoasters and live performances from famous characters.
IMG Worlds of Adventure’s impressive rides and attractions are sure to disrupt your appetite, so head any of the theme park’s 28 dining spots for a quick bite.
Whether you’re looking for a dose of adrenaline or a peaceful sanctuary to unwind, IMB Worlds of Adventure, Dubai caters to all tastes and ages, providing a world of opportunities that are sure to delight, inspire and keep you entertained.
Major Attractions: The Velociprator, The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage, The Haunted Hotel, Avengers Battle of Ultron, The Hulk Epsilon Base 3D, Spider-man, Predator.
IMG Worlds of Adventure Address – E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd – City of Arabia – Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
IMG Worlds of Adventure Timings: Monday to Sunday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm.
6. Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai – Slide In And Make Waves
If you want to add a lot of water and thrills to your Dubai holiday, include Aquaventure Waterpark, in your Dubai itinerary.
Situated on 42 acres within the 5-Star Atlantis the Palm resort, Aquaventure waterpark is one of the biggest water parks in the world with record breaking rides and slides of different styles for all ages, lush tropical landscapes and a private beach. It is home to the best water slides and river rides in the world, from epic heights and turns to high speed drops. Noteworthy slides include the Leap of Faith, Cownose Ray Feeding and Poseidon’s Revenge that provide high-speed thrills and the Atlantean Flyer Zip Line where you can soar through the air on the longest zipline in the Middle East, 20 metres above Aquaventure Waterpark.
Truly Aquaventure Waterpark is perfect for adrenaline junkies of all kinds. Have a splashing good time on your next Dubai trip.
Major Attractions: Poseidon’s Revenge, the Rapids, Aquaconda, Zoomerango, the Leap of Faith, the Torrent, Slitherine, Water Coasters, Shark Attack, Splashers (children’s play area).
Aquaventure Waterpark Address – Atlantis The Palm, Crescent Road, Dubai. Aquaventure Waterpark Timings: Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
7. Dubai Parks and Resorts – 3 in 1 Theme Parks & So Much More
IMG World Adventure and Warner Bros. World may get the bulk of the attention in the UAE, but UAE also has other theme parks, including the Dubai Parks and Resorts. Spread over 25 million square feet, this is a massive theme park which offers something for everyone– from LEGO themed adventures for the little ones to Bollywood themed activities, for those who love all things Bollywood and if you fancy Hollywood movies, there’s a Hollywood inspired theme park for endless movie-themed fun!
The Dubai Parks and Resorts needs to be part of that Dubai experience, an anchor destination in the same way as visiting the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame, Dubai Mall or Global Village. Visit and get your thrills, spills, and ultimate relaxation at the best entertainment destination the world has ever seen.
- Legoland Dubai ; Discover a world of LEGO® themed adventures with With 15,000 LEGO models made from 60 million LEGO bricks, six themed lands and a mix of indoor and outdoor attractions. Enjoy more than 40 interactive rides, attractions, shows and building activities. LEGO themed activities for families with children aged 2-12.
- Major attractions : Lost Kingdom Adventure, LEGO® Factory, The Dragon, MINDSTORMS® robotics, Kid Power Towers, LEGO® City
- Motiongate Dubai : Dwell into the magical world of movies at the Hollywood-inspired MOTIONGATE™ Dubai. Enjoy nearly 27 adrenaline fueled rides and attractions along with live entertainment experiences inspired by three of the world’s largest studios: DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate.
- Major attractions: Capitol Bullet Train, Underwold 4D, Ghostbusters: Battle for New York, Panem Aerial Tour, Step Up Dubai, All in, Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey.
- Bollywood Parks Dubai : From 4D cinematic rides, rollercoasters and filmy attraction to heart pounding live performances, and fantastic authentic cuisine inspired by some of the blockbuster movies, explore the world’s first Bollywood-themed park.
- Major attractions: 9 new family rides introduced in 2021, Bollywood Skyflyer – World breaking Swing Ride soaring at 460ft, Wheel of Stars, Mumbai Express, Rajmahal Theatre, Kriish- Hero’s flight. 4D flying theatre ride, Dabangg: Stunt Spectacular Show.
Overall, Dubai Parks and Resorts is a world-class leisure destination which should certainly be visited when making a trip to Dubai. If the thrilling activities sound like you, get your Dubai Parks and Resorts tickets today with us!
Hope the above theme parks are enough for true adventure fanatics to flock to the UAE for their adrenaline rush.
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