With four theme parks (including a water park), three hotels, and an expansive retail and dining spot, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first and largest integrated resort in the Middle East.
Visited by more than 2.8-million people per year (pre-pandemic), Dubai Parks and Resorts is one of the most popular theme parks in the region. And with the opening of the new Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal adjacent the Palm Jumeirah Islands, its now just 24 minutes by taxi from the ship if you’re sailing aboard a Carnival Corp-owned cruise line.
From the Dubai Cruise Terminal in Port Rashid it’s a bit further (45 minutes), but still worth it, especially you’re cruising with kids and have an extra day in Dubai.
This dedicated guide will give you an overview of everything you should know before making a visit to this action-and-fun-packed destination in Dubai.
Dubai Parks and Resorts was forced to close temporarily during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it used the time to carry out several upgrades.
There are nine new rides, including the world’s tallest swing ride, along with a whole new F&B and retail experience at BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai, and in 2021 there were several more upgrades.
These include two world-first rides and record setting thrills inspired by the Now You See Me and John Wick movies at MOTIONGATE Dubai, the region’s first and a world record breaking wooden coaster at BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai, and the launch of the Middle East’s first LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Dubai.
Four Theme Parks At Dubai Parks And Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts is 25 million square feet with four theme parks and over 100 rides and attractions. If you’re doing a cruise-and-stay in Dubai, there are also several hotels to choose from, which will be covered in the next section.
MOTIONGATE Dubai: Motiongate is the largest of all the parks in Dubai Parks and Resorts, with rides and experiences themed around some of the world’s most iconic motion picture studios such as Columbia Pictures, Dreamworks Animation, Lionsgate and Smurf. There are six zones with a range of rides for all ages.
Enter the thrilling Hotel Transylvania, be an expert Ghostbuster and save the city, ride the exhilarating Madagascar Pursuit, Dragon Gliders or Capitol Bullet Train and experience Hunger Games’ Panem in the most terrific way, thanks to the 4D motion simulator experience. Families and kids can also explore an entire zone dedicated to Smurfs themed rides.
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai: Bollywood Parks is the world’s first Bollywood themed park, it celebrates the diversity and joie de vivre of Indian culture and traditions through its movie-inspired rides, attractions, and live shows. Take to its classic rides including Krrish: Hero’s Flight, Lagaan: The Thrill of Victory and Sholay: The Hunt for Gabbar Singh to name a few. And don’t miss the park’s brand-new experiences such as Abra ka Dabra, Monsoon Masti, and Bollywood Sky Flyer.
LEGOLAND Dubai: Designed for families with children from two to 12 years, Legoland features six LEGO-themed zones (Adventure, Factory, Imagination, Kingdom, LEGO City, and Miniland). When you visit LEGOLAND Dubai you enter through a massive LEGO shop featuring all the very best toys, many of which have a UAE-theme if you’re looking for a souvenir.
LEGOLAND Water Park: Adjacent to LEGOLAND Dubai is the attendant water park. It is a treat for families and kids with water rides and experiences as diverse and electrifying as Tidal Tube, Twin Chasers, Red Rush, Splash ‘N’ Swirl, Splash Out, and Wave Rider. What’s more; you can even be part of immersive experiences including Build-A-Raft and Build-A-Boat. For very young kids, there’s also a DUPLO Splash Safari.
Dubai Parks And Resorts Hotels
There are three hotels within Dubai Parks and Resorts, so when you stay in one of these hotels you can hop from one park to another and spend as much time as you want exploring each park (however, when you book a room, most hotels only offer free access to one park).
Lapita Hotel Dubai: Inspired by the vibrancy of the Polynesian Islands, this hotel offers dining, a spa, event spaces and lagoon-style pools just 17 minutes’ walk from Dubai Parks.
Rove At the Park: There are close to 580 rooms here and a wide range of facilities, from a 24-hour gym, luggage storage rooms and self-service Laundromat to an outdoor pool and sundeck. It’s located just over a kilometer from the park and is considered a more affordable option. While it’s located a little further away, it is right next to a shopping mall.
LEGOLAND Hotel: This hotel has 250 hemed rooms (where each of them can accommodate five people) and family suites. Along with 2 restaurants, it also has free water park access and an outdoor pool. Self parking is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and concierge services are onsite.
Riverland™ Dubai – Retail And Dining Destination
Riverland Dubai is a huge neighbourhood that sits in the center of the park, connecting all the hotels and parks together around a waterfront dining and shopping promenade. There are more than 50 restaurants and cafes here, offering everything from Asian, and American, to French, Irish or Italian cuisine.
With a charming canal at its center, it is free to enter and features multiple architectural zones from the Boardwalk, India Gate, and French Village to The Peninsula. Each of them is unique, and every evening there are street performances and family events.
Dubai Parks and Resorts Ticket And Packages
You can buy tickets for each park individually, or buy tickets for two at a time. You can get a day pass, or an annual one (although this only makes sense for residents of Dubai). There are no options for three-park tickets, primarily because they would be a waste, a day is enough to explore only two parks at most.
Two Park Pass – One day, two parks of your choice. Kids under 3 years go free.
AED 235.00 per person.
One Park Pass – You can also buy a ticket to just one park for any of the four parks within the resort.
AED 220 per person.
If you want to visit Legoland as well as Legoland Water Park, you’ll need to purchase a Two Park Pass, as each is a separate park.