With one of the biggest indoor theme parks in the world in Dubai, who cares what the weather is like outside? Here’s a sneak peek at the brand new IMG Worlds of Adventure and, when you’ve finished there, brave the city’s other awesome indoor adventures.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Opening its doors on 15 August, this behemoth is set to take the crown as the world’s largest indoor theme park, open year-round to keep thrill-seekers entertained. IMG Worlds of Adventure contains four zones: MARVEL, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard, as well as offering state-of-the-art cinemas, complete with an IMAX screen, and plenty of dining options to keep your energy up.
The MARVEL zone is a must for superhero fans, where they can see their favourite characters in action, and be immersed in their world thanks to the multimedia ride ‘Avengers: Battle of Ultron’. Younger children will love the Cartoon Network zone, which includes features such as the first ever Ben 10 5D cinema, rides from The Powerpuff Girls, LazyTown Adventure Time and more. Meanwhile, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zone will be home to 69 state-of-the-art animatronic dinosaurs. The largest of the four zones, it spans a vast 700,000 sqft, and features the external coaster ‘The Velociraptor’, Dubai’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster, which propels you to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds.
Price: Tickets cost Dhs300 for an adult and Dhs250 for children.
You’ll be surprised at how toasty you’ll get surrounded by snow in the region’s biggest indoor ski park complete with five ski runs, a zip wire, parading penguins, toboggan runs, slippery slides and an alpine café – so that you can warm up over a hot chocolate! From July 29, Ski Dubai will be offering visitors an overnight stay in its -4°C conditions, Ski Dubai Camp Outs, where campers will receive after-hours access to the ski resort and all of the snow park facilities. They will also be treated to breakfast in the on-site St Moritz Café. On arrival, guests will be provided with a set of waterproof gloves, jackets and beanie hats, as well as refreshments. They will then be shown to their two-man tent, which will be set up with sleeping bags and a thermal mattress and some more things from the guide on bed rails for kids.
Price and opening hours: From Dhs260 (includes clothing and footwear hire) for a fun pass, Dhs185 for a discovery skiing lesson, 10am-1pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-2am (Thurs), 9am-12am (Fri) and 9am-11pm (Sat).
Lightning slides, laser mazes, drift racing, bobsledding, jungle safaris, and, of course, hanging out with Sonic the Hedgehog: the options at this giant indoor theme park are endless! With two levels of pure entertainment for kids (and big kids) of all ages, and 170 of the latest amusement, arcade and video games, the hardest part will be tearing yourself away at the end of the day…
Price and opening hours: Dhs175, 10am-11pm (Sun-Wed), 10am-11am (Thu-Sat)
Children enter this kid-sized city – complete with roads, shops and its own currency – and play make-believe to their hearts’ content. With plenty of professions to choose from, one minute they can try their hand at being a pilot in a simulating cockpit and the next sashaying down a catwalk as a supermodel.
Price and opening hours: Dhs95 for toddlers aged 2-3, Dhs140 for ages 4-16, Dhs95 for adults, 10am-11pm (daily)
Mattel Play! Town
Great for under 6s, the new Mattel Play! Town in City Walk is home to Barney, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Thomas the Tank Engine and Angelina Ballerina. Split into zones, this indoor edutainment area is perfect for the summer months, with valuable lessons taught through
play, and children trying arts and crafts, singing and teamwork, all with their favourite characters. There’s also a café serving healthy food, a 4D cinema and a souvenir shop.
Price and opening hours: Dhs95 for children, Dhs55 for accompanying adults, open 10am-10pm daily
A trip to one of Dubai’s aquariums is a must. Explore The Lost Chambers of Atlantis, where you can play with starfish amid shipwrecks and ruins, or combine a journey through the centre of Dubai Aquarium’s 10 million litre tank with a gawp at King Croc in his Underwater Zoo lair. Our tip?
Price and opening hours: The Lost Chambers, Dhs100 (Dhs70 for kids), 10am-10pm, 04 426 1040, atlantisthepalm.com. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Dhs100, 10am-11pm (Sun-Wed), 10ammidnight (Thu-Sat)
Dubai is proving to be big on bouncing, with the opening of a third trampoline park. All the way from Australia, we now have Flip Out, and with 200 interconnecting trampolines it’s the biggest in the region. Flip Out joins Bounce and Jump Boxx where jumping beans of all ages can defy gravity and work off some energy.
Price: Flip Out: Dhs70 per hour, (Dhs60 for kids), www.flipout.ae. Bounce: Dhs80 (Dhs70 for kids), www.bounce.ae. Jump Boxx: Dhs69 per hour, www.jump-boxx.com.
Right by the iconic Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s original water park is the place to go for wet, wild, whiteknuckle rides – from the 80km/h Jumeirah Sceirah tandem slides to the tornadoes of Tantrum Valley. The wave pool, action river and surf simulators keep the thrills coming, and there’s just as much fun to be had in the family zone – just watch out for the dumping buckets!
Price and opening hours: Dhs275 for adults, Dhs230 for children, 10am-7pm
Enter a world of thrills, spills and record-breaking rides at Dubai’s biggest water park. Part of the spectacular Atlantis resort on The Palm, you can float through a shark-filled lagoon, take the jaw-dropping Leap of Faith or drift along the Lazy River. The Splashers play area will keep little adventurers happy, while the region’s longest zip wire offers unbeatable views of the Dubai coastline.
Price and opening hours: Dhs260 (Dhs215 for kids), 10am-5.30pm
Dubai Parks And Resorts (Coming Soon)
Set to open in October, this 25 million sqft theme park will be the Middle East’s largest, boasting more than 100 rides and attractions spread over three distinct destinations and a water park. Dubai Parks and Resorts will include Motiongate, a movie-inspired theme park showcasing some of the best-loved characters from cinema screens, including The Hunger Games and Kung Fu Panda, while Bollywood will be a celebration of India’s film industry, complete with colourful sights and sounds, plus restaurants and performances.
LEGOLAND, meanwhile, offers families the chance to explore and learn through the iconic LEGO brick, and its waterpark is purpose-designed for children aged 2 to 12. Elsewhere, you’ll find a hotel, shopping and dining. Annual and VIP passes are available, priced from Dhs765, with the VIP option including access to dedicated lounges, discounts on food and drink, and – most importantly – the ability to skip queues on some rides.