If you are travelling with children to Dubai, book your time at Dubai Parks. It is a huge network of four theme parks, where you can fulfil several children’s dreams in one go.
Dubai has many attractions for children, no wonder that according to the latest Dubai Tourism report, families with children predominate among tourists visiting the sunny Emirate.
What is it?
Dubai Parks is a giant complex of amusement parks for children. But there will also be exciting for parents. Among the four parks are Legoland, Legoland Water Park, Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks combining all of this into a whole Riverland.
The town is located in the heart of Dubai Parks. Everything here is what the Dubai people like about the world, so instead of going to Europe or overseas, they built it at home. You walk along the streets of a medieval French town, on an American street from the 1950s, and finally, you can see the 19th-century Italian palace on the island. From here you can go to any of the parks, devoted to other topics.
Legoland – probably the closest to tourists from Europe – is the whole world built of LEGO bricks. At its centre, under a huge dome, there is Dubai in miniature, as well as the entire Arab world – naturally from LEGO. So there is the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, and large Emirates aeroplanes on the airport. Around them are thematic areas – for the youngest with Duplo and LEGO CITY, where you can make a driving license by operating a car in a traffic town, become a firefighter or a pilot. For small explorers, there is a part of IMAGINATION and for knights KINGDOMS with a castle, dragons and even more than dragons terrifying roller coaster. In the ADVENTURE section, you can swim in a submarine or look for the hidden treasure of the pharaoh.
LEGOLAND WATER PARK
Legoland Water Park is a great attraction for the inhabitants of this desert region. But for every tourist who during the holidays in Dubai will suffer the prevailing heat here, a trip to the water park will be a great relief. The property is designed for children aged 2-12. You can build your own raft here, or swim on the meandering river, or take one of 20 slides of varying difficulty. There are double slides for racing, as well as family slides, from which you can ride on a huge pontoon. For the youngest, there is a special water playground with a large bucket of water that sometimes spills out of the party guests. I do not know why, but this sudden spurt of cold water is always the biggest attraction for children.
A place for fans of Hollywood blockbusters. The little ones will have a great time in the village of Smurfs. Elders can experience an adventure on the streets of New York with Ghostbusters, fight alongside Kung Fu Panda, or play with the heroes of Shrek or Madagascar (yes, King Julian is here too). For this carousels, roller-coaster, water town and you can easily spend the whole day in the film world.
This is where tourists from Asia, mainly from India, will enjoy, but there is also a lot of lovers of fabulous Bollywood cinema. This is the first theme park of this type in the world. In five zones you can experience emotions inspired by the best Bollywood hits. You can take a walk through the streets of Mumbai or through the picturesque Indian villages. There are also shows in the Rajmahal Theater, the place where the first Bollywood musical in the style of Broadway is staged and, of course, the film studio.
Where is it and how to get there?
The Dubai Parks is located 47 kilometres from the centre of the city. Take the E11 highway (Sheikh Zayed Road), pass Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali towards Abu Dhabi. Then take exit number 5 at the junction of Dubai Parks and Resorts. Buses in the direction of Dubai Parks depart from Ibn Battuta station from 7:00 to 23:15. You can also get to the last station of the red metro line (UAE Exchange) and from there continue by taxi (around 40 AED). Taxis in Dubai are relatively cheap. You can stop them on the street or call the Road Transport Authority (042080808). Dubai also has Uber and the local equivalent – Careem. Access from the centre of Dubai should cost about 100 AED, from Dubai Marina about 60 AED, and from Dubai International Airport about 120 AED. Taxis reach the VIP Parking & Taxi Center next to the French Village. Free shuttle buses commute from some hotels and shopping centres, such as the Dubai Mall and the Mall of Emirates.
How much does it cost?
You can buy one-day tickets for one park, one day for two parks or two-day for all parks. A one-day ticket to the Bollywood Park costs AED 175, to other AED 235. A one-day ticket to two parks costs 285 AED, and two days to all parks 495 AED. 5 AED is about 1 GBP. If you buy a ticket earlier via the internet you will get a 10 percent discount.
Where to stay?
If you want to make the most of your stay in the parks, it’s a waste of time for long commutes. The best and most comfortable option (though not cheap) is staying at the Lapita hotel complex in Dubai Parks and Resorts. It’s a really good hotel with a huge garden, restaurants, a swimming pool and a playground for children. The area is transported by golf carts, which will take you to Riverland, and from there to all parks. Architecture and decor are inspired by the islands of Polynesia. You can really relax here after getting crazy in amusement parks, and in the morning regain strength at a very generous breakfast (seriously, we have not met anywhere like this). More information and prices can be found on the hotel’s website Lapita. We, and especially Wili, liked it there.