A beginner’s guide to Dubai’s theme parks

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Dubai is home to some of the world’s best theme parks and waterparks. The city, and its surrounding area, has a theme park for everybody, ranging from family-friendly water slides to gravity-defying rollercoasters. You can even immerse yourself in the world of your favourite films and television shows.

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks is home to three theme parks, a water park, a hotel, and a dining and retail outlet. Choose between LEGOLAND® Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, and LEGOLAND® Water Park – depending on your mood! If you stay at the on-site Lapita Hotel Dubai you’ll also enjoy its 5 restaurants and bars, OLA Spa Boutique, and The Lapita Retail Shop. You can find Dubai Parks and Resorts just west of the city, near Al Maktoum International Airport.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

Welcome to the world’s largest indoor theme park, where your favourite Marvel and Cartoon Network characters come to life. The little ones can enjoy multi-sensory adventures with Ben 10, Gumball, The Powerpuff Girls and LazyTown. Meanwhile, older visitors can become superheroes for the day as they immerse themselves in the worlds of Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers.

Laguna Waterpark

Laguna Waterpark is home to 10 rides – across all thrill levels – making it perfect for all family members. Adrenaline junkies will love the Free Fall, a jaw-dropping freefall slide. While calmer members can relax on the Lazy River, packed with small thrills suitable for all ages. And if there’s a surf fan inside the family, they can hop on the WaveOz 180 FloRider (which is one of three of its kind in the world!).

Wild Wadi

Sitting right on the shore of the city’s iconic Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi is one of the best waterparks in the world. Kids will want to explore Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, a giant playground offering a number of different slides. But if you’re looking to unwind, the gentle Wave Pool is there for some light-hearted fun. Or, you can hire a private cabana for some quiet downtime at the Lazy River.

Please note: Wild Wadi Waterpark will be conducting essential maintenance from 12 January until 7 February 2019. During this period Wild Wadi Waterpark will experience full closure and will re-open to the public on 8 February 2019.

Aquaventure

Aquaventure is the largest waterparks in Dubai and home to some iconic record-breaking rides and attractions. You might already be familiar with the Leap of Faith, a 27.5-metre plunge that carries you through a clear tube surrounded by sharks and rays.

This enormous theme park also features marine activities, private beaches and children’s play areas for all ages. Little ones will delight in the Splashers Children’s Play Area – a maze of kid-friendly tunnels, tubes, slides and climbing frames. Atlantic the Palm is also just next door.

Have you ever been to any of the theme parks or waterparks in Dubai? Which one was your favourite?

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10 things you’ll find at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai

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Atlantis the Palm is one of Dubai’s most iconic hotels. If you’re not familiar with the name, you will be familiar with the photos. This palace-like resort hotel sits at the end of the manmade Palm Island with coral walls and a giant archway. And, like everything else in Dubai, it offers luxury and excitement throughout. Not sure what is on offer at Atlantis the Palm? Here are 10 things you can expect.

An on-site waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark is considered one of the best waterparks in Dubai. That waterslide that shoots through a pool of sharks, which you’ve probably seen images of? It’s here, along with 16 other attractions.

Beach-front location

Atlantis the Palm looks out onto Royal Beach, a 1.4 kilometre stretch of pristine sand. From the water, you can look back at the shore and witness the stunning architecture of Atlantis the Palm itself and the striking Dubai skyline.

23 restaurants

No matter what food you’re craving, you won’t need to go into Dubai itself to find it. Whether it’s Japanese, Steak, Lebanese, or a good old-fashioned buffet – you’ll find it at Atlantis the Palm.

Including celebrity branded restaurants

Celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Giorgio Locatelli, and Nobu Matsuhisa all have restaurants at Atlantis the Palm.

And you can dine under the stars

If you’re visiting Atlantis the Palm with your sweetheart, book yourselves a romantic sunset dinner along Royal Beach. Including a bottle of Champagne, set menu and some romantic stargazing. Group bookings are also welcome.

Its own Aquarium

Home to over 65,000 marine animals, this aquarium might be one of the largest you’ll witness. So large you can book yourself a diving tour of it – or you can opt for a relaxing yoga session from the viewing floor.  

Exclusive activities for children and teenagers

On top of all the family-friendly activities we’ve already mentioned, there are also activities just for the little ones. There’s a babysitting service, a kids club for 3-12 year-olds (which includes PlayStations and an underwater theatre), and the teen-only Zone.

Boutique shopping

Whether you need to pick up some stylish swimwear, souvenirs, or even some high-end jewellery – you’ll find it in the on-site shopping mall.

ShuiQi Fitness Centre

You can also maintain your fitness regime while staying at Atlantis the Palm. The state-of-the-art fitness centre includes fitness equipment, exercise classes, and even one-to-one personal training sessions.

Elegant rooms and suites

Atlantis the Palm offers some of the most luxurious rooms in Dubai. Their Guest Rooms offer either views of the ocean or of Dubai itself, and include a walk-in shower with separate bath, 24-room service, and complimentary WiFi.

Or if you require extra space, you can opt for a suite. These range from the Terrace Club Suite, which includes a balcony for sunbathing or alfresco dining. Through to the Two Bedroom Family Suite, which can accommodate up to 6 guests.

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10 things you’ll find on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

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If you’re looking for somewhere in Abu Dhabi that will keep every member of the family happy, then we recommend Yas Island. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, sun worshipper, or a parent with young children – you’ll find something in Abu Dhabi’s premier entertainment district. It’s only 30 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi, too! Here are 10 unmissable things on Yas Island. 

1. Yas Marina Circuit

Yas Island is home to the venue for the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But it’s much more than just a motorsport venue. It also offers a series of track day packages, including Driver Experiences, Passenger Experiences, Private Driving Tuition programmes, and Racing License Courses as well as a unique – and free – venue for both running and biking.

2. Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi

The circuit’s centrepiece is the breathtaking Yas Hotel – a five star, luxury hotel with the distinction of being the only one in the world to straddle an F1 race track!

3. Yas Marina

Yas Marina is the centre of Abu Dhabi’s yachting community. The 227-berth marina features seven licenced restaurants and lounges that cater to all tastes and budgets, with every outlet along the waterside promenade boasting iconic views of the Yas Hotel and race track.

4. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s first Ferrari-branded theme park. The park tells the Ferrari story and features more than 20 rides – including the fastest roller-coaster in the world and the ride with the highest loop in the world. It also boasts interactive activities, exclusive shopping and authentic Italian dining experiences.

5. Yas Waterworld

Yas Waterworld spans an area of around 15 football pitches, with 43 rides, slides, and attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind, including the 238-metre long, hydromagnetic-powered, six-person tornado waterslide. Adrenaline seekers will also find three-metre high waves at Bubble’s Barrel, which has the world’s largest surfable sheet wave for flowboards and bodyboards.

Then there’s the Bandit Bomber, the first water-coaster with onboard water and laser effects. Riders can shoot jets of water at targets, drop water bombs and trigger special effects, while people below can spray them with water as they pass.

6. Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi

If you’re a fan of DC Comics or Looney Tunes then you’ll love Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi. The theme park is split into five immersive lands: Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch. The theme park also includes retail outlets featuring a wide collection of merchandise inspired by Warner Bros. franchises as well as a full range of dining options from full-service sit down to ‘grab and go’.

7. Yas Links Abu Dhabi

On the western shore of Yas Island you’ll find Yas Links Abu Dhabi – an award-winning golf course, designed by Kyle Phillips, one of the world’s leading golf course architects. Voted amongst the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses’ by the Golf Magazine, Yas Links features a 7,450-yard par 72 course, with beautiful ocean views as a backdrop.

8. Yas Beach

Found on the island’s southern shore you’ll find Yas Island’s only beach. Open daily from 10am – 7pm, it is a great spot to relax and enjoy sun, sea, sand, food and drink. It also features a full range of watersport activities for all ages and proficiency levels.

9. Yas Mall

Yas Island also houses Abu Dhabi’s biggest (and the UAE’s second largest) shopping centre; Yas Mall. This shopping mall offers three floors of leading international and regional retail brands, with 370 stores and more than 60 indoor and outdoor restaurants and cafes. Yas Mall also offers endless entertainment, with a 20-screen state-of-the-art cinema operated by VOX Cinemas and a family entertainment zone by Fun Works, as well as direct access to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

10. MAD on Yas Island

Let your hair down in the UAE’s biggest indoor nightclub. Over the years it has hosted the biggest names in pop and dance music – including Tinashe, Jeremih, W&W and Tinie Tempah. With 360-degree projection mapping, huge LED screens, and the latest sound technology, it’s the place to dance till you drop.

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