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Dubai, the King of the Desert, is the 4th most visited place in the world, and with good reason. The city provides a huge variety of entertainment options and places of interest for people of all ages. From vibrant souks to stunning architectural wonders and man-made rainforests in the middle of the desert, a trip to Dubai promises loads of enthralling adventure. If you are planning a visit to Dubai, then here is a list of must-see places in the city.
The iconic Burj Khalifa is one of the world’s most well-known structures, recognized for its impressive design, and height. Standing at a height of more than 2,716.5 feet, the Burj Khalifa has more than 160 stories and holds the honour of being the world’s tallest building. This state-of-the-art building began construction in 2004 and was open to the public in 2010.
The design of the Burj Khalifa is based on the Hymenocallis flower. The tower is built of three parts arranged around a central core. The central core comes out at the top and ends in a sculpted spire. A y-shaped floor plan gives an extended view over the Arabian Gulf. From the concourse to level 8, and level 38 and 39, the building houses the Armani Hotel, Dubai. Levels 9 to 16 are luxurious Armani Residences. Level 45 to 108 are ultra-luxury private residences. The remaining floors, except level 122, 124, 125 and 148 are corporate suites. Level 122 houses Atmosphere, one of Dubai’s leading fine dining restaurants, while level 124 has a public observatory named At the Top. The observatory continues up to level 125 and 148, the latter of which also has a refreshment lounge, The SKY. Visitors to the observatory can opt to enjoy a personalized tour by a Guest Ambassador. The tour is an interactive experience using motion sensors which gives you the feeling of flying over noted landmarks. At 555 meters it offers spectacular views of the Gulf and the city. Any visit to Dubai is incomplete without a trip to the famous Burj Khalifa.
The Dubai Mall is a dream come true for shopaholics. This mall is not only the world's largest shopping destination but is also a centre for entertainment and leisure. Located next to the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai mall covers over 1 million square meters, an area equivalent to approximately 200 football pitches. There are more than 1200 retail stores within the mall, two anchor department stores and hundreds of outlets serving food and beverages. High fashion lovers have more than 70 signature outlets to shop from, including international retailers such as Bloomingdale’s, and Galeries Lafayette.
You can shop haute couture from renowned designer names such as Versace, and Burberry, purchase some of the finest gold jewellery in the Gold Souk and pamper your feet with the latest in trendy footwear, all under a single roof. Dubai Mall also offers plenty of entertainment by way of The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, An Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, a kid’s zone called Kidzania, and a massive movie complex. Two very popular attractions at the Dubai Mall are an indoor fountain, and The Village, an area having a retractable roof which can be opened in winter months to offer shoppers an outdoor experience.
Flowing right through the heart of Dubai, the Dubai Creek is a 9-mile long saltwater channel which divides the city into two halves. Originally the canal extended only till the Rhas Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, but now it forms part of the new Dubai canal and goes up to the Persian Gulf. The two parts of the city on either side of the creek are Bur Dubai - the older, more traditional part of the city in the South West, and Deira Dubai - the glittering modern part to the North East. Historically, this creek has been integral in the growth of Dubai. The creek allowed small merchant dhows to be moored safely, fostering trade with India and Africa. The creek was also the place where pearl miners docked their boats while on a mission to recover these precious jewels from the sea. Keeping in mind that the creek is responsible for Dubai’s economic growth, it is often referred to as the lifeline of the city.
Visitors to the Dubai Creek can take a ride on an Abra (water taxi) or a cruise on a dhow, and enjoy the sights along the shores of the creek. A ride down the waterway offers magnificent views of the Dubai skyline along with glimpses of the Creek side Park, Rhas Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Heritage Village, and Dubai Creek Resort. Another way to explore the creek-side is to stroll along the paved walkways that border the creek. Take in the hustle and bustle of the Abras, yachts, and dhows that run along the waterway, while enjoying a leisurely walk along the promenade. The Creekside is a wonderful place to absorb the culture, and flavour of Dubai.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is a famous tourist landmark and considered to be one of the most iconic hotels in the world. Built on a triangular reclaimed island, this hotel resembles the billowing sail of a yacht, rising 321 metres above the sea. The Burj Al Arab features ultra-luxurious suites, a full-service luxury spa, and 9 signature restaurants. The interiors are painted in rich shades of gold and blue and decorated in the baroque style giving the hotel an opulent look.
Each suite has floor to ceiling windows which overlook the spectacular Arabian Gulf. The in-suite features include an iPad, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 21-inch iMac, interactive HD TV and a Bose iPhone docking station. Guests at the hotel can choose from either of two options to arrive at the property. They can opt to be driven there in one the world’s largest chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce fleets, or in a dedicated helicopter ferry service. For relaxing, a new terrace offers guests the option of choosing from two swimming pools, 32 luxury cabanas, and a restaurant and bar. There are several other restaurants at the hotel too such as the Sky View Bar - suspended 200m above sea level, Al Muntaha – a fine dining restaurant serving European cuisine, Villa Beach restaurant – a beachside restaurant open for lunch and dinner, and Al Mahara – an underwater seafood restaurant reached by a virtual submarine ride. Guests of Burj Al Arab can access the Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s private beach, including the cabanas and sun loungers. They also enjoy unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark located just 5 minutes away from the hotel. The Burj Al Arab offers a truly royal experience for all of its guests.
The glorious Jumeirah Beach is a pristine white sand beach located in the Jumeirah district in Dubai. It stretches along the Arabian Gulf and is home to some of Dubai’s most famous landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, and many more. Part of the beach is private and can only be accessed by visitors or guests at the Jumeirah’s hotels. For the rest, the public portion of the beach, Jumeirah Beach Park is an excellent place to enjoy the soft white sands.
Mall of the Emirates is the world’s first shopping resort featuring approximately 630 international brands spanning departmental stores, fashion outlets, sports goods sellers, electronics stores, and home furnishing outlets. Of these, more than 80 retailers are counted among some of the world’s most renowned designer brands. These stores are located in the Fashion Dome and Luxury Wing of the mall.
Apart from shopping, Mall of the Emirates also has lots of leisure activities for the whole family to enjoy. The mall houses Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort and snow park of the Middle East. There is also a 14-screen VOX cinema complex, a Magic Planet family entertainment area, the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) with a seating capacity of 500, and more than 90 renowned café and dining options. The Magic Planet family entertainment area is a huge space having a 12 lane bowling alley, 180 amusement machines, racing simulators, bumper cars, a carousel, pool tables, billiard tables, a 7D adventure movie theatre, and several other attractions where the whole family can participate. The Mall of the Emirates also has two adjacent hotels, the Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, and the Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel, for out-of-city visitors.
Dubai’s first themed entertainment destination, IMG Worlds of Adventure, is a temperature controlled, indoor amusement park spread over 1.5 million square feet and capable of hosting more than 20,000 guests each day. The park has four zones, two of which represent global brands such as Marvel and Cartoon Network, while the other two zones feature original concepts by the IMG Group.
IMG Worlds of Adventure has several state-of-the-art rides based on favourite characters such as The Avengers, or The Powerpuff Girls. Multi-sensory adventures for kids are based on Ben 10, Gumball, LazyTown, and more. The older visitors have the pleasure of acting superheroes for the day as they get to work with The Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and other noted superheroes. A big attraction at the IMG Worlds of Entertainment is The Lost Valley. The Lost Valley is a dinosaur-themed adventure zone where visitors interact with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs or hop on either or all of the 5 themed rides available in this zone. For fright seekers, a Haunted Hotel provides thrills of the spookiest kind. You have to navigate through a maze of corridors. and changing scenery while encountering all sorts of ghoulish creatures and scary characters on your way out. Apart from rides, there are lots of live stage shows, and movies to entertain visitors to the park. IMG Worlds of Adventure also has plenty of options for dining and shopping. There are also provisions for visitors to hire wheelchairs or strollers if required. IMG Worlds of Entertainment provides a full day of entertainment for everyone.
Dubai Opera is the flourishing centre for arts and culture, located in the Opera District of the city. It was developed to promote a wide variety of performances and events such as theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, exhibitions and conferences. The building is a masterpiece of modern architecture and a fitting tribute to Dubai's maritime history. The structure is designed like a dhow with wood-paneled interiors and glamorous cascading chandeliers and has the technology to transform into three modes, as is necessary for an event. The interior of the building can be transformed from a traditional theatre into a concert hall, or even a flat floor. Being flexible, it can cater to a wide range of entertainment styles or function as an event hall.
In the theatre mode, Dubai Opera is well-suited to host large drama productions, ballets, musicals, conferences, and lectures. Depending upon the seating configuration, it can hold up to 2000 people. When the mode is changed into a concert hall, there are a series of towers and reflectors placed on the stage, and the ceiling creates an acoustic shell around the orchestra enabling the perfect conditions for the best sound quality. The ‘flat floor’ mode is used to host trade shows, exhibitions, weddings, receptions, and other parties. Visitors to the Dubai Opera can complement their experience at the chic rooftop restaurant and sky garden which offers stunning views of the Dubai Fountain, and Burj Khalifa.
The Palm Jumeirah is an extraordinary feat of engineering, construction, and architecture. It is renowned for being the world’s largest man-made island made from reclaimed land off the Dubai coast. The aerial view of this famous landmark looks like a stylized palm-tree enclosed within a half-circle or dome. On the ground, a two kilometre long stretch of land forms the trunk with 17 fronds spreading out at the top of the tree-like structure.
The various sectors of the Palm Jumeirah are known by the names, Trunk, Spine, Fronds and Crescents. The central trunk is connected to the mainland via a bridge which also serves as the entrance to the islands. A second bridge connects the trunk to the spine from which the 17 fronds branch out. The crescent is a breakwater that forms a boundary around the island. The island also has monorail connectivity to the mainland.
The Palm Jumeirah is built for opulence with more than 4500 ultra-luxury residences, including 2000 villas, numerous hotels, and dining destinations. This island is home to some of the most luxurious resorts such as Atlantis The Palm, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Dukes Dubai, Fairmont The Palm, Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Sofitel The Palm, the One&Only The Palm and the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. Dining options include famous restaurants Nobu, 101 Dining Lounge, Aji, AlBahr, and Club Vista Mare. Sailing around the Palm Jumeirah is a popular pastime for many tourists. Those with a yearning for adventure can even sky-dive above the island to fully appreciate the spectacular beauty of this artificial archipelago.
The Dubai Desert Safari is an absolutely thrilling experience and a must-try for everybody. A complete safari of the desert consists of 4x4 dune bashing, quad bike rides, and sand skiing, sand boarding, camel rides, the experience of witnessing a gorgeous desert sunset, and an evening of entertainment with belly dancing and fire shows. The safari culminates with a mouth-watering barbeque dinner consisting of local delicacies. Sand dune bashing is a form of an off-roading on sand dunes in a large SUV. The dune bashing is a memorable experience giving you the feel of going on a roller-coaster ride, except this happens on the sand, in a car. Quad bike rides let you explore the majestic landscape of the desert on a four-tire motorbike. Sand skiing and sand boarding both are modified versions of their snow-based counterparts to allow visitors to enjoy the sand dunes. Those visiting Dubai should never give the desert safari a miss. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Towering at a height of 150 meters above Dubai's Zabeel Park, the Dubai Frame is the world’s largest picture frame. This majestic structure is one among many eye-catching architectural wonders that are so prevalent in Dubai. The Dubai Frame offers a panoramic view of the city's skyline while at the same time providing a glittering frame for a spectacular view of some of the city’s well-known landmarks.
The Dubai Frame is a structure of two parallel vertical towers, connected by a 93 metre-long clear glass bridge, all of which together form the picture frame shape. The clear glass pathway connecting both towers gives visitors the feeling of walking on thin air. The glass walkway is the star of the Dubai Frame. It looks like frosted glass at first but turns crystal clear once you step on it. The clear glass reveals a jaw-dropping view of Dubai underneath your feet.
The design of the building is a nod to Dubai’s origins as a pearl-diving city which ultimately led to the bustling cosmopolis it is today. The Dubai frame offers two varied perspectives of the city. On the North side, it looks out onto the old city, Deira, with the Dubai Creek and souks. To the South, one can see the modern splendour of Dubai with gleaming skyscrapers, marinas, and iconic structures like the Burj Khalifa. From the ground, the golden coloured structure forms the perfect frame for each of the two depictions, depending on which side you choose to view the city.
The building has an immersive museum on the mezzanine floor where visitors can learn of the city's origins through projections, and audio-visual presentations complete with curated mists and fragrances. A virtual reality display showcases Dubai's evolution along with future prospects. The Dubai Frame accepts 200 people per hour with groups of 20 being sent in batches. Visitors need to buy tickets based on time slots.
Dubai canal is a 3.2 kilometre stretch of water body that cuts through Dubai's central route, the Sheikh Zayed Road, goes through Safa Park and then onto the Jumeirah district till it reaches the Arabian Gulf. This man-made canal is made from water diverted from the Dubai Creek. The purpose of building this canal was to create a waterfront arena in the city's core. The canal is surrounded by a 3-kilometre running track and 12-kilometres of cycling track. There is also a huge space for public facilities including parking, a trade centre at the entrance of the canal, and facilities for a marina. The canal's waterfront is dotted by several new lifestyle precincts including hotels, and luxury residences.
A prominent feature of the Dubai Canal is a mechanical waterfall installed at the point where the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge meets the canal. This motion-operated waterfall functions only when there are no boats underneath, but stops the moment any boat is detected. The waterfall is beautifully lit up at night and can be viewed from the promenade. The canal also has 5 picturesque bridges for people to stroll through, and enjoy stunning vistas of the canal and boats passing by.
The Dubai Museum is aptly housed within the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building existing in the city. The museum was built in 1971 to showcase the traditional Emirati way of life and its history. The museum charts Dubai’s evolution from a pearl harvesting, and fishing village to a global hub of finance, commerce, and tourism. There are mock setups made of traditional souks, exhibits of the desert life of the Bedouins, and an entire room dedicating the contribution of the sea in Dubai's growth before oil was discovered. There are also several archaeological relics from neighbouring excavation sites, Asian and African artifacts, and other immersive light and sound shows depicting life in the olden times.
The fort within which the museum is housed is also noteworthy. The Al Fahidi Fort was the seat of the local rulers till 1896. Post that, the fort served several stints as a prison and garrison before it was finally converted into a museum. The Al Fahidi Fort is fortified by three towers, the entrance is sealed by a sturdy teak door, studded with brass spikes. The entrance gives way to a courtyard where bronze cannons, traditional dhows and an areesha – a palm frond hut that served as a summer home for locals till mid-20th century – take centre stage. The courtyard is flanked by rooms where instruments and weapons are displayed, and the main exhibit is located underground.
The Deira Gold Souk, or gold market, of Dubai is one of the most photographed locales of the city because of the glittering vista that it offers to visitors. Located in the Deira part of Dubai, this market draws a lot of visitors every day many of whom enjoy the sights, even if they have no intention of buying gold. For gold hunters, this is the ultimate shopping destination with all manners of precious metals available here, from bars to finely crafted jewelry. The Gold Souk is a labyrinth of covered alleyways housing more than 300 jewelers selling gold, silver, diamonds, and many other precious stones and jewels.
Dubai offers one of the cheapest values of gold in the market. Gold trade in Dubai is under strict government control to ensure that all the gold being sold is genuine. Apart from being a shopping destination, the Deira Gold Souk is also an example of how traditional souks function. A visit to this place is a must to enjoy an authentic Arab market experience with all its hustle-bustle and energetic business dealings.
A dhow dinner cruise is an experience that should not be missed. Dhow cruises operate on the Dubai Creek and are one of the best ways to take in the glittering night skyline of Dubai. Dhow dinner cruises sail along one of many creeks, canals, or marinas of Dubai. Visitors on-board are treated to entertaining traditional dances, music, and a sumptuous dinner. Depending on the cruise you choose, you may be treated to the sights of a bustling marina, or a look at the busy modern life of Bur Dubai, or maybe a glimpse at the traditional culture of Deira Dubai. A typical dhow dinner cruise lasts for about 2 hours and is an excellent way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Dubai.
The Green Planet at City Walk is an indoor attraction that recreates an authentic rainforest in the Arabian Desert. Developed in consultation with leading scientists, zoologists, and architects from across the world, this huge 45 metre-tall cube-shaped structure serves as an educational and recreational space for people of all ages. The structure regulates temperatures and humidity levels to simulate the atmosphere of a real rainforest. The central attraction in this bio-dome is a large man-made tree that rises up to a height of 25 metres. This tree mimics the four layers of a tropical rainforest with branches having planters packed with tropical flora and fauna which eventually took over the structure to create a thriving, lush environment. It is the largest fabricated living tree in the world, creating a sustainable eco-system for other tropical life forms to thrive.
The rest of Green Planet has an aquarium with stingrays, arapaima, turtles, and other interesting marine life. Additionally, there are more than 3000 species of flora and fauna surviving within this structure. The helpful staff and interactive displays combine to contribute a very informative learning experience to everybody.
Dubai Dolphinarium is Middle East’s first fully air-conditioned indoor dolphinarium. The Dolphinarium has been in operation since 2008 and was developed with the idea of entertaining and educating the general public on dolphins, seals, and several other marine organisms. This place allows the public to watch and interact with dolphins and seal through live shows.
This place consists of a 5,000-square-meter (54,000 sq ft) marine facility having a seating capacity of about 1200 people. The dolphins are housed in their own private areas where the sea water is connected to the pool in the main arena. There are other separate pools for the seals and for medical aid.
The shows at Dubai Dolphinarium have fur seals and dolphins dancing, juggling, jumping through hoops, playing with balls, and even painting. There are evening shows where illusionists and aquatic acrobats perform. On some afternoons, guests are even allowed to swim with the dolphins or feed them their meals. You can even act as a dolphin trainer for a day. Dubai Dolphinarium is also home to several species of birds from around the world. There are 20 different species of birds here including Australian cockatoos and South American macaws. Other activities in this place include a mirror maze, a trampoline room, an Arabesque dance school and a theatre playing educational 5D films. Dubai Dolphinarium is also a popular venue for kids’ birthday parties and field trips with the restaurant providing fun meals for children.
Dubai Garden Glow has been a huge crowd puller ever since it opened in 2015. This unique attraction is the first-of-its-kind themed garden in the world. The garden features 3 themes within a single venue. The first is a glow-in-the-dark theme featuring pièce de résistance art sculptures lit up with 10 million energy-saving light bulbs and several yards of recycled luminous fabric. The second venue is a Dinosaur park which has more than 100 animatronic dinosaurs on display. The third is the world's largest ice sculpture park created from 5000 tons of ice.
This unique park is a well-loved destination for people of all age groups. Apart from the creative installations at the park, there are also lots of live music shows held there, among other talented performances. Dubai Garden Glow has a special edutainment zone where children can indulge in some interactive fun and learning. A large food pavilion caters to the crowd with delicacies from all across the world available here.
Named as the largest natural flower garden in the world, Dubai’s miracle garden serves as a stark contrast to Dubai’s glass and concrete landscape. Located near the Arabian Ranches, this attraction was first unveiled on Valentine’s Day and now attracts almost 1.5 million visitors every year.
The Miracle Garden is an extravagant display of natural beauty, made all the more unique since it is developed in a region where the climate is typically dry and arid. The garden is spread over 72,000 square meters of land, cultivating more than 60 million flowers, all of which are tastefully showcased in a variety of designs and sculptures. The beauty of this place lies in the quirky layout of the garden. The flowers are grown into heart-shaped pathways, pyramids, castles, and even cartoon characters. The most crowd-pulling exhibit is a floral recreation of an Airbus A380 which holds a Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest flower arrangement.
The meticulously laid out shrubbery is very well-maintained by a team of expert horticulturists and gardeners. Another noteworthy fact is that the whole of Dubai Miracle Garden is irrigated by re-using wastewater using the drip irrigation method.
The Dubai Miracle Garden is also home to the Dubai Butterfly Garden, the world’s largest, and the region’s first butterfly sanctuary. The Butterfly Garden has over 35,000 species of butterflies, bred in nine domes. This colourful attraction should not be given a miss. But, do keep in mind that the Dubai Miracle Garden is open from October to April only, as the rest of months are too hot for the flowers to thrive.
The Dubai Fountain is a captivating light and music display situated in Downtown Dubai, on the Burj Lake. This performing fountain is over 900 feet in length with a unique design comprising of five circles of different sizes and two arcs. The powerful nozzles of the fountain shoot water into the air to create a variety of design formations to the beat of music. The fountain is lit up by more than 6,600 WET Superlights and 25 colour projectors. The spectacular performances are matched to a variety of different songs ranging from Arabic to world music. The Dubai Fountain has more than 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given instance.
The performances at the Dubai Fountain are free of cost. It can be viewed from any location around Downtown Dubai, but the most popular spot is the Waterfront Promenade outside Dubai Mall. Shoppers at the mall pour out before the performance begins and line up to see the fountain. Visitors who wish to view the fountain from the Waterfront Promenade should arrive early to get a good viewing spot.
Water babies will love spending time at Aquaventure Waterpark, one of Dubai's leading waterparks. Situated at Atlantis the Palm, this waterpark has record-breaking rides, several water slides, swimming with sharks and rays, and a pristine beach for relaxing.
Aquaventure has the most thrilling rides of all the waterparks in Dubai. Visitors to the park can shoot down the 90-foot slide, Leap of Faith, at the Tower of Neptune, to head straight into a shark lagoon where you are enclosed in a see-through tube while sharks swim all around you. Aquaconda, the world’s largest slide, is a long winding tube which cuts through a large expanse of the park, giving the riders a view of the entire park while sliding through it. For those seeking a challenging time, Poseidon’s Revenge is the ride of choice. For this slide, the visitors have to be enclosed in a clear pod. The pod is then shot through a trapdoor, and they plummet down 75 feet before the slide arcs around and turns in a double loop before plunging through a wall of water. This nerve-wracking ride is for the brave-hearts only. For those who simply want to spend a few leisurely hours, Aquaventure waterpark has a 700 mt long private beach, accessible only to its visitors.
For children, there are the traditional water rides such as Lazy River, and Splasher’s Kids Area. Other attractions at Aquaventure Waterpark include a visit to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, ray feeding, and shark safari. Aquaventure Waterpark also has a few shops for souvenirs, and over 15 restaurants and kiosks for refreshments.
The world of LEGOLAND Dubai is a theme park designed specifically for families with children aged between 2-12 years. The park is divided into six zones with more than 40 themed rides, and several other attractions.
A day at LEGOLAND Dubai starts at the Factory where visitors can see for themselves how LEGO bricks are made. Make a stop at BIG Shop, the largest LEGO store in the Middle East, to stock up on some bricks for your little one. From the Factory, head over to LEGO city where children can do anything from steering a boat to flying a plane or even save a burning building - all made from LEGO bricks. LEGO city is hugely popular with kids as they can drive around in electric LEGO cars and get a driving license as well. From LEGO city head on over to Imagination, the zone where LEGO fans can build anything from race cars to robots, and more. This zone has several thrilling rides such as the Technic Twister where centrifugal forces will make you spin, or the Kid Power Towers where you shall be hoisted up in the sky and come to a free fall till the bottom. From Imagination go on to Kingdoms, a medieval land where you can ride on a Dragon rollercoaster and burst through a castle. This zone has many family-friendly rides too.
The last two zones are Adventure and Miniland. Adventure is delegated purely to rides and attractions, and promises plenty of fun for the entire family. Miniland is the heart of LEGOLAND Park. It is an air-conditioned interactive space where 20 million LEGO pieces make up Dubai's skyline and key landmarks from the Middle East. Visitors are allowed to create their own LEGO structures as well as Build a City. Miniland is truly a fitting end to a day at LEGOLAND.
Movie buffs will find it impossible not to fall in love with MOTIONGATE Dubai. Developed as a part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex, this Hollywood inspired theme park draws inspiration from three of the biggest film studios; Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate. This world of collaborations has several themed rides inspired by the studios' biggest hits. From family water rides and coasters to shows where zombies rule the world and meatballs fall from the sky, MOTIONGATE Dubai promises complete entertainment for the full family.
A big draw at MOTIONGATE Dubai is the Smurf village where the friendly blue Smurfs are ready to welcome you into their mushroom-shaped houses. The Smurf village has 5 attractions including play zones, rides, and a theatre show for children. If Smurfs are not your thing, then embark on a high-speed chase like the Green Hornet, or battle Lycans alongside vampire Selene in the Underworld universe, or you can even choose to join the Ghostbusters and fight paranormal beings.
Wannabe filmmakers have a special treat in store for them at this theme park. Studio Central, the main entrance area at MOTIONGATE Dubai, gives you an insight into the world of filmmaking with real-life movie sets, glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes, the process of filmmaking and theatrical opening shows.