Dubai Parks and Resorts is the quintessence of fun in Dubai: 3 amazing theme parks, 1 water park, over 100 amazing attractions and an entire village dedicated to shopping, fun and relaxation.
Dubai Parks and Resorts is the largest entertainment complex in the Middle East, and is one of Dubai’s top family attractions. Here you will find some of the most famous theme parks in Dubai, such as Motiongate, Legoland and Bollywood Parks.
But besides the fun for the kids there is also a lot for the adults: Riverland Dubai, a replica of a beautiful French village, where you can walk, eat and shop. And for those who want to enjoy a relaxing break, there is also a magnificent Polynesian-style resort, the Lapita Dubai.
What you will find in this Guide to Dubai Parks and Resorts:
- What should I expect when visiting Dubai Parks and Resorts?
- Legoland Dubai
- Legoland Water Park Dubai
- Motiongate Dubai
- Bollywood Parks Dubai
- Riverland Dubai
- How to book Dubai Parks and Resorts Tickets at the Best Price
- How to get to Dubai Parks and Resorts
- How to enjoy a stay full of relaxation and fun: Lapita Dubai and Rove At The Park
Let’s find out what are the reasons why you should enjoy a fun day at Dubai Parks and Resorts! Here you will also find some useful tips to book tickets at the best price and to enjoy your visit to the fullest!
What should I expect when visiting Dubai Parks and Resorts?
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a huge area entirely dedicated to family fun. It spans over 2 million square meters (25 million sqft) for a total of over 100 attractions and rides.
When you arrive at Dubai Parks and Resorts the first theme park you come across is Riverland Dubai, which serves as the gateway to this magical world.
Riverland Dubai can be visited for free and is a good place to eat, shop and spend time strolling and admiring street performances. Not far from Riverland Dubai you can take a look at The Outlet Village, where you can find over 100 shops of the best fashion brands. A perfect place for shopaholics, who can find great deals here!
From Riverland Dubai you can access the 4 theme parks:
- Legoland, the most popular among the parks of Dubai Parks and Resorts, allows you to immerse yourself in the fantastic world of LEGO, from exciting roller coasters to an entire city where children can have fun driving cars and flying planes!
- Legoland Water Park, is the only water park in Dubai designed specifically for children aged 2 to 12, who can have fun here in the various LEGO-themed water attractions.
- Motiongate, an incredible park dedicated to cinema, inside which you can visit fantastic attractions dedicated to some of the best American animation studios.
- Bollywood Parks, is much more than a theme park dedicated to the most popular Bollywood blockbusters, it is an adventure between musicals, shows and exotic flavors.
Each of these parks requires a separate ticket, so you’ll have to choose which one is best for you!
These parks aren’t that big, so you can easily visit two of them in the same day. You can take advantage of the offer that allows you to visit 2 parks of your choice with a single ticket, at a special price!
Legoland Dubai is a fantastic theme park dedicated to the world of the famous colorful LEGO bricks. Although designed to offer maximum fun in total safety to children aged 2 to 12, it is capable of thrilling adults too!
One of my favorite Legoland attractions is the Factory. This incredible LEGO brick factory is located right after the entrance to Legoland Dubai and lets you see how the famous bricks are made by colorful robotic machines. It is amazing!
After the Factory we move on to Miniland, a pavilion where you can see miniature replicas of dozens of iconic buildings from all over the world made with the famous LEGO bricks.
From here 4 thematic routes start: Imagination, Adventure, Kingdoms and Lego City. The first is great for younger children, and stimulates their creativity with simple games, the other two are more exciting, with mini roller coasters and shooting games.
Lego City is undoubtedly one of the coolest attractions in Legoland Dubai: a miniature city where kids can take driving lessons, drive a boat and even fly a plane!
Legoland Dubai Timings
The opening hours of Legoland Dubai are Saturday to Wednesday from 10 AM to 6 PM and from Thursday to Friday from 10 AM to 8 PM.
Legoland Water Park Dubai
Legoland Water Park Dubai is one of the few attractions in Dubai designed specifically for the enjoyment of children aged 2-12 (by the way, don’t miss KidZania, in the Dubai Mall).
At Legoland Water Park, kids can do things like build a boat or raft and then dive into the exciting waterslides.
In this park you can find dozens of different types of water slides, able to entertain visitors of all ages. In addition there are wave pools, inflatable donut courses and many other attractions to try.
Legoland Water Park Dubai Timings
Legoland Water Park Dubai is open every day from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Motiongate Dubai is another famous venue of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and in my opinion it’s also the most fun! Here the fun is not only for the kids, but also for the parents!
Motiongate Dubai is a theme park dedicated to animation cinema and the magical world of Hollywood!
You can start the visit from Studio Central, where you will discover all the tricks and secrets that are behind the scenes of a film, and then continue through four different thematic areas that make up the park:
- Columbia Pictures, a fantastic world of vampires, zombies and Ghostbusters, where you can enjoy dozens of exciting attractions, including roller coasters and 4D simulators.
- Smurfs Village, this is one of the most popular attractions: the world of the Smurfs, offers different attractions and play areas dedicated to children of all ages.
- Dreamworks, undoubtedly the most sophisticated and exciting attraction in Motiongate Dubai. Here you can have fun with the characters of some very famous animation characters, such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and Shrek. There are 12 attractions including roller coasters and games suitable for all ages.
- Lionsgate, the amazing world of the Hunger Games allows you to experience the best roller coasters of Motiongate Dubai, as well as 4D simulators and live shows.
Important Tips for Visiting Motiongate Dubai
The Motiongate ticket offices are often quite crowded and there is no point in queuing in the blazing sun: you can buy your ticket online at a discounted price!
Motiongate Dubai Timings
The opening hours of Motiongate Dubai are Saturday to Wednesday from 11 AM to 8 PM and from Thursday to Friday from 11 AM to 9 PM.
In the summer the park may change its opening hours, and may open at 3 PM and then close at 10 PM (11 PM on weekends). However don’t worry, the actual opening hours are clearly indicated on the entrance ticket (if you buy it online).
Bollywood Parks Dubai
Bollywood Parks is a theme park dedicated to the most famous films of Bollywood, the Indian film industry.
If you are a fan of Indian movies and TV series, you will most likely find here several attractions dedicated to your favorite characters. Otherwise, you can always enjoy the mythical exotic atmosphere of this park.
In addition to the fantastic setting and good restaurants, Bollywood Parks also offers dozens of fun rides where you can feel like a character from some action movie.
Then there are musicals, live performances, theatrical performances (noteworthy is the beautiful Rajmahal Theater, with almost 900 seats, which often also hosts corporate events and private parties) and incredible 4D simulators.
Bollywood Parks Timings
Bollywood Parks Dubai is open every day from 2 PM to 11 PM.
In summer it may open an hour later (at 3 PM). The actual times are clearly indicated on the ticket at the time of purchase (if purchased online).
Riverland Dubai is not exactly a theme park, but it is a kind of gateway to the different venues of the Dubai Parks and Resorts.
It is ideally divided into 4 main areas:
- Boardwalk, inspired by the American suburbs of the 50s, where you can walk or eat something.
- India Gate, which is at its best in the evening, when various street performances take place, and people flock to its many places to eat.
- The Peninsula, this area is mainly dedicated to concerts and festivals.
- The French Village, looks like a French village from the 1600s, and it’s really beautiful. This is a great place to dine and watch the street performances that usually happen in the evening.
Places to eat in Dubai Parks and Resorts
After a fun-filled day you may be hungry (outside food is not allowed inside the parks, except what you need for toddlers).
In the different areas of Riverland Dubai you can find different places to eat, able to satisfy all tastes and budgets. There are local fast food outlets, Indian, Italian and even Irish restaurants, and even places that serve sandwiches or sweets. There is also a Mc Donalds.
How to book Dubai Parks and Resorts Tickets at the Best Price
Dubai Parks and Resorts is definitely a good place to have a fun filled day with the kids. During the weekdays the parks are less crowded, while they come to life at their best on the weekends. Note that the queues at the ticket offices are always quite long, so it’s best to get your ticket in advance.
Dubai Parks and Resorts single park ticket price starts at AED 275. But you can choose to get it online at a discounted price.
With the exception of Riverland Dubai (where you can go for free) each park requires a separate ticket. However, the parks are not that big, so you can easily visit two in one day.
The best deal is to buy online the ticket that allows you to visit 2 parks of your choice in 1 day. It’s pretty affordable, and it saves you a lot of money!
SPECIAL OFFER: Right now you can take advantage of a special offer that allows you to enjoy ALL 4 PARKS of Dubai Parks & Resorts at a REALLY SPECIAL PRICE!
Basically it’s like paying for only 1 park!
How to get to Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks & Resorts is located quite far from downtown Dubai, just beyond the area known as Jebel Ali. It is practically almost halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
To get to Dubai Parks & Resorts you can choose to:
- Rent a Car
- Take the Dubai Metro and then a Taxi or a Bus
- Take a Taxi
- Book a Shared Transfer (there are packages that include entrance ticket and transport at a discounted price)
Solution n. 1: Rent a Car
Renting a car in Dubai is quite cheap and might be convenient if you are a large family and prefer maximum flexibility. There are huge free parking areas right next to Dubai Parks & Resorts.
Here you will find all the useful information about the cheapest and most reliable car rentals in Dubai.
Solution n. 2: Take the Dubai Metro and then a Taxi or a Bus
You can easily reach Dubai Parks and Resorts by taking the Dubai Metro Red Line and getting off at Ibn Battuta Metro Station. From here you can take a taxi, or the DPR1 bus (costs AED 5). Consider that the bus is quite infrequent, about one run every hour, from 7 AM to 11 PM.
Solution n. 3: Take a Taxi
Taxi is the easiest option, but consider that it could cost around AED 120 each way.
Solution n. 4: Book a Shared Transfer (there are packages that include entrance ticket and transport at a discounted price)
You can book a package that includes tickets, access to Dubai Parks & Resorts (2 parks in 1 day) and round-trip transfer from your hotel in Dubai. The price is pretty affordable!
How to enjoy a stay full of relaxation and fun: Lapita Dubai and Rove At The Park
Lapita Dubai Parks and Resorts Autograph Collection
The Lapita Dubai Parks and Resorts Autograph Collection is a stunning Polynesian-style resort located right next to Riverland Dubai in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts.
The Lapita Dubai Parks and Resorts Autograph Collection boasts 504 large, elegant and comfortable rooms, suites and villas that offer everything you need to enjoy a relaxing holiday: terrace, free coffee, courtesy kit and free private parking.
Guests can enjoy its excellent spa and well-equipped fitness center. Families can relax in the pools, and children can participate in the activities of the Kids and Teens Club.
The Lapita Dubai Parks and Resorts Autograph Collection also boasts 4 excellent restaurants serving international cuisine, one of which is very nice and informal, located by the pool.
SPECIAL OFFER: Check out this special deal that includes a 1 night stay at Lapita Dubai and tickets to Motiongate and the incredible Laguna Waterpark!
Rove At The Park Hotel Dubai
Families looking for cheaper and simpler accommodation can check out Rove At The Park, a good family-friendly hotel located within easy reach of Dubai Parks and Resorts.
It offers clean, comfortable and spacious rooms, suitable for hosting even the largest families. Guests can enjoy the 24-hour fitness center, a nice swimming pool and a good restaurant.
Children will love the play area, while adults will appreciate being close to The Outlet Village for shopping. You can also rent bikes for free or use the self-service laundry. Those arriving by car can take advantage of the free private parking. There is also a free shuttle service from the hotel to Dubai Parks and Resorts.