Dubai goals to beat theme park market with Dubai Parks and Resorts

Legoland Dubai

A brand new LEGOLAND Resort and Six Flags Dubai are deliberate for 2019

Its official title, Dubai Parks and Resorts, is a 570-acre theme park and resort complicated plonked proper within the southern Arabian desert and a 45-minute drive south of the dazzling skyscrapers and floury white seashores of downtown Dubai.

A metropolis of superlatives, Dubai is famously dwelling to the world’s tallest constructing, largest candy store and solely seven-star resort, the gold-trimmed Burj Al Arab, it’s no shock it’s known as the Vegas of the Gulf.

Now the jewel of the UAE needs to beat the theme park market too. Within the final 12 months, 5 theme parks have opened, together with LEGOLAND Dubai, the seventh park for the model and the primary within the Center East.

A brand new LEGOLAND Resort and Six Flags Dubai are deliberate for 2019.

I’ve introduced my 11-year-old daughter Nancy and lifelong LEGO fanatic to street take a look at the brand new park, which opened in November. We’re greeted with a cuddle from a life-size LEGO man who welcomes us into the park. The whole lot appears larger and bolder in Dubai, even the LEGO.

Nancy’s eyes mild up when she sees the LEGO Manufacturing facility and drags me in to look at how her beloved bricks are made.

The park is fashioned of six themed lands. At its coronary heart is MINILAND, an enormous 25-metre tall air-conditioned dome that can be a lifesaver in the summertime when temperatures repeatedly exceed 100F.


The DreamWorks zone comprises a Madagascar-themed experience

We spend an hour poring over LEGO variations of Dubai’s iconic ultra-modern skyline and key landmarks from around the globe, together with the Pyramids, the traditional metropolis of Petra (full with LEGO donkeys) and the intricate Taj Mahal.

Dominating the dome is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest constructing on this planet. Its mannequin stands over 55ft excessive and with Dubai Mall’s intelligent dancing fountains it took 5,000 hours and greater than 439,000 bricks, which Nancy informs me, “is the tallest LEGO constructing ever!”

This is only one of 4 parks within the complicated. LEGOLAND Dubai Water Park, Motiongate and Bollywood parks are all inside a 10-minute stroll and are linked by Riverland Dubai, a eating and leisure district constructed round a man-made river.

I hoped to get off calmly by selecting LEGOLAND over the extra hard-core parks. Eyes narrowing at her map, Nancy drags me off to Kingdoms, the knights and dragons-themed land to seek out the park’s quickest experience, the Dragon Coaster. Earlier than I’ve an opportunity to bolt, she pushes me on and cackles as I cling on for expensive life, the coaster twisting and turning.


The LEGOLAND Dubai water park opened in January

Nevertheless, the Rescue Academy in LEGO Metropolis is far kinder to mums. Collectively we raced pump-powered fireplace engines towards aggressive dads to place out pretend fires and “jet-skied” on wave racers whereas youngsters soaked us with water cannons.

The Submarine Journey was one other winner, a submerged submarine that glides previous sunken “historic” ruins and shoals of rainbow-coloured tropical fish, zebra sharks and rays.

The subsequent day we cool off at LEGOLAND Dubai Water Park, which opened in January. Right here the 20 water slides, large wave pool and LEGO-themed Lazy River retains my fearless woman joyful and sated for the afternoon, leaving me to doggedly street take a look at the solar loungers and ice lotions.

Subsequent cease is Motiongate park the place Nancy cajoles me on to Madagascar Mad Pursuit, a superfast indoor coaster within the DreamWorks zone. There are 5 Hollywood-themed areas, together with Smurf Village, Studio Central and Columbia Photos and enjoyable rides such because the Inexperienced Hornet coaster, Cloudy With A Probability Of Meatballs river rapids and Zombieland Blast Off.

IMG Worlds Of Adventure

On the IMG Worlds Of Journey, the four-zone motion takes place inside

On the entire, Motiongate’s wild coasters and live-action exhibits together with Ghostbusters Block Celebration and Step Up, a high-energy music and dance present, are aimed on the pre-teen and teenage market. A worldwide first is the Bollywood-themed park, which had vibrant streets, elephant statues and a glittering Rajmahal Theatre performing flashmob dances.

Though upset there aren’t any curler coasters, Nancy is thrilled by the hi-tech movement simulator rides like Lagaan: The Thrill Of Victory and Krrish: Hero’s Flight, themed across the good-looking Bollywood superhero.

On the IMG Worlds Of Journey, the four-zone motion takes place inside. This temperature-controlled mega dome will come into its personal throughout Dubai’s blazing scorching summer time.

Lapita Dubai Parks & Resorts

The Lapita Lodge

The Misplaced Valley – Land Of The Dinosaurs has two curler coasters, together with the Velociraptor which races Zero-100kph in 2.5 seconds. There’s a Cartoon Community zone with Powerpuff Ladies and Journey Time rides and an excellent Ben 10 cinematic deal with in 5D.

It additionally has the world’s first Marvel-themed zone, the place youngsters can change into Ironman, fly a Quinjet and search revenge within the Avengers Battle Of Ultron. What extra may you need out of a vacation?

THE KNOWLEDGE Virgin Holidays (0344 739 3410/ presents 5 nights in Dubai from £495, (4 sharing), room solely. Worth consists of return flights from Heathrow to Dubai and lodging at Lapita Dubai Parks & Resorts. Dubai Parks & Resorts (dubaiparksandresorts. com) supply a 2-day ticket for four parks from £92. Dubai tourism: SANCTUARY: After your hectic day, loosen up on the Lapita

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