Dubai: Where Fun Has Never Felt More Fun!

21 April 2016
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Nowhere on earth breaks records like Dubai breaks records. The tallest building, the largest shopping mall and the world's first indoor ski resort are just a few achievements that have made the record books. Soon, this Middle East megalopolis will break a few more when two entertainment epicentres open their gates later this year.

Dubai Parks and Resorts and IMG Worlds of Adventure will wow wide-eyed fun lovers unlike anything seen before. Dubai is a city where innovation is only limited by imagination. Buckle up and get ready for a wild ride.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts

Just imagine 100 rides and attractions and spread across four themed parks on 2,300,000 square metres of land. (For scale, that's bigger than Perth's CBD.) Phew. Needless to say, you'll need at least three days to explore Dubai Parks and Resorts from October 2016. And that's not counting the hotel and a retail, dining and entertainment precinct.

This indescribable wonderland offers the young and young at heart the very best in family-friendly entertainment.

motiongate™ Dubai brings Hollywood to the desert with cinematic experiences handpicked from studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate. It's high-value, larger-than-life, next-generation entertainment at its very best.

Travel Inspiration The great gates of Bollywood (artist's impression) (image: Dubai Parks and Resorts)

Just at DreamWorks alone, you'll find 12 interactive adventures showcasing your favourite characters from Madagascar, Shrek and more. It's all housed in an indoor arena large enough to park five A380 jumbo jets wing tip to wing tip!

If DreamWorks isn't enough to get the heart racing, scoot over to Sony Pictures Studios where you can enjoy the hair-raising excitement of seven action-packed rides based on films such as The Green Hornet and Ghost Busters. For a touch of nostalgia, take a wander through the Smurfs Village. Then there is the Liongsate zone which brings the world's first The Hunger Games attractions showcased with two themed rides.

It's not just Hollywood in the desert. Bollywood Parks™ Dubai brings Mumbai's famous film industry to life. Five zones inspired by Bollywood blockbusters will transport visitors to the streets of India. Live entertainment abounds with a Broadway-style show at the landmark Rajamal Theatre – complete with 850 seats.
Then of course, there's LEGOLAND® Dubai where everything is awesome. Here, kid-friendly amusements designed for children between two and 12 years will stretch their minds and imaginations. There are over 40 interactive rides spread across six themed lands, complete with 15,000 LEGO® models made from more than 60 million LEGO® bricks!  What’s more, there is also a LEGOLAND Water Park, the first water park in the region with 20 family friendly slides and attractions.

Travel Inspiration Everything is awesome at LEGOLAND (image: Dubai Parks and Resorts)

At the heart of it all is Riverland™ Dubai, a retail, dining and entertainment district. It is also designed as a destination in its own right with four unique zones – The French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate, and The Peninsula – free for all to visit.

No theme park destination would be complete without a place for visitors to relax after a day of excitement, and the Polynesian-themed Lapita™ Hotel will offer a welcome escape. The resort-style hotel will have 501 rooms and three villas with lagoon style pools.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

If one record breaking theme park isn't enough, another world first is coming in 2016. Also packing in the fun is IMG Worlds of Adventure. Once open, the park will be the largest temperature controlled indoor themed destination in the world, covering an excess of 140,000 square metres. That's roughly 28 football fields.

Travel Inspiration An artist's impression of the new IMG Worlds of Adventure park (image: IMG)

It'll have the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 visitors per day across four immersive mega zones based on Cartoon Network characters, MARVEL superheroes and mammoth dinosaurs.

The Lost Valley brings to life the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Venture back millions of years to a time of Jurassic giants with mind-boggling rides and 69 animatronics creatures.

From Spider-Man to Iron Man and Thor, your favourite crime-fighters are gearing up to save (and make) the days of their biggest fans in the MARVEL zone. Think hair-raising thrills such as the Avengers: Battle of Ultron ride. Blending cutting-edge 3D media with realistic sets and explosive special effects, the action-packed attraction is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Travel Inspiration An artist's impression of the captivating Lost Valley (image: IMG)

For the younger ones and nostalgic adults, Cartoon Network offers plenty of reasons to smile. The exciting arena bursts to life in technicolour cinematic excitement from The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10 and more!

The fun doesn't stop at themed thrills. IMG Boulevard is a one-stop-shop for all-ages fun, from interactive attractions to retail and dining options.

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Anna Howard

Give me street food over Michelin stars, cellar doors over wine bars and small towns and wide open spaces over big cities any day. Travel for me means ticking off the 'to eat and drink' list one regional flavour and wine bottle at a time.