With Bollywood- and Hollywood-inspired adventure parks and the world’s largest indoor amusement park, Dubai is fast becoming the go-to entertainment and leisure destination
BOLLYWOOD PARKS DUBAI
When it opens next month, Bollywood Parks Dubai at Dubai Parks & Resorts will be the world’s first-ever theme park dedicated to Bollywood. The 1.7-million-sq-ft park will have 16 rides and attractions based on blockbuster Bollywood movies such as Sholay, Mughal-e-Azam, Krrish, Don, Lagaan, among others. There will also be plenty of Indian dining options. The park will be divided into five zones: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios. In Bollywood Boulevard, visitors can have a ball at Rock On!, a restaurant where live scenes will be recreated from the 2008 film. At the centre of the park will be Rajmahal Theatre. With a seating capacity of 850, it will host Broadway-style Bollywood musicals.
IMG WORLDS OF ADVENTURE
Spread over an area equivalent to 28 football fields, IMG Worlds of Adventure is considered the largest of its kind in the world. It is divided into four themed zones. Of these, two represent global brands such as Cartoon Network and Marvel, while IMG Boulevard and Lost Valley: Dinosaur Adventure are concepts created by IMG Group. The indoor park houses more than 20 rides and attractions, most of them based on famous characters from Marvel and Cartoon Network. One of the most exciting rides is in the Lost Valley zone. Dubbed ‘Velociprator’, this 1.1-km rollercoaster is the tallest and fastest in Dubai. It goes from 0 to 100 km in 2.5 seconds. The Marvel zone has experiences based on characters like Avengers and Spiderman, while the Cartoon Network zone takes visitors back in time with rides themed on Powerpuff Girls, among others. Those looking to relax can make their way to IMG Boulevard that features dining and shopping options.
Legoland, which has entertained thousands in famous locations like Malaysia, Germany, California and Florida, is now in Dubai. To open next month, Legoland Dubai at Dubai Parks & Resorts will offer over 40 Lego-themed rides, shows and attractions. Visitors will also be able to enjoy six themed lands and over 15,000 LEGO models, which required over 60 million LEGO bricks to be made. The entire park will be divided into six themed lands, which will be home to the only LEGO factory inside a Legoland anywhere in the world. The park is an apt location for families with children aged two to 12 years. Some notable rides include the Dragon rollercoaster, which will go through the Legoland Castle and then on to an outdoor track. Then there’s Undersea Adventure, which will
include a submarine ride through an aquarium.
Not just Bollywood, there will be plenty in store for Hollywood fans as well at Dubai Parks & Resorts. When it opens next month, Motiongate will be the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park and will feature three of the biggest film studios in the world: Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate. Visitors will get to enjoy memorable experiences inspired by popular films from the three studios—Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, The Green Hornet, Underworld, Zombieland, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek, The Hunger Games, etc. Around 27 themed rides and attractions will be spread across five zones: DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Sony Picture Studios, Smurfs Village and Studio Central. But that’s not all. There will also be nine family-friendly restaurants, 15 themed retail outlets and a multi-purpose theatre, with a seating capacity of 1,000. Rides include rollercoaster experiences like the Capitol Bullet Train. Based on The Hunger Games, the supersonic ride is designed to hurl visitors backwards, forwards and upside down.
LEGOLAND WATER PARK
Legoland Water Park at Dubai Parks & Resorts will be able to satiate your desire for the ultimate water park experience from next month. It will have over 20 water slides and attractions, making it the biggest water park in the world and the only water park in the region. Some major attractions include a wave pool, giant water-dumping buckets and a splash safari area for toddlers. Another interesting offering will be the ‘Build-A-Raft River’, which will allow children to create and customise their own rafts, using LEGO bricks. The area Joker Soaker will have 10 slides and a massive 300-gallon bucket that will dump out water every few minutes.
SIX FLAGS DUBAI
Due to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be the largest Six Flags outside the US and will feature many rollercoasters, shows and attractions. It will have six themed zones: Thrillseeker Plaza, Magic Mountain, Fiesta Texas, Great Escape, Great Adventure and Great America. As per the Six Flags website, it will also have four aerial attractions, a 350-m river rapids ride and three performance spaces along with many attractions tailored for younger guests. The park will also have 16 food and beverage outlets, and 16 retail outlets.