Dubai has made its mark on the world map as the official capital of fun, with some of the most exciting varieties of theme parks and waterparks. The city has a theme park for every interest – be it splashing around in water, making personal records on gravity-defying rollercoasters, or immersing yourself in the world of movies and cartoons.
Dubai Parks and Resorts has an array of multiple themed parks such as Bollywood Parks, Motiongate and Legoland. IMG Worlds of Adventure is also full of excitement as the sprawling indoor themepark has something in store for everyone. Slide into fun all year round and especially in the summer months with timeless Dubai fixtures like Wild Wadi, one of the city’s finest waterparks as well as a five star splashpad like Aquaventure on Atlantis, The Palm.
Here’s our guide to the world’s newest theme park capital.
Delve into Dubai’s rich history
“Discover the city’s past on Dubai Creek, once a bustling port on the trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, whose artefacts can be found at the Saruq Al-Hadid museum in the Shindagha district. Then follow the city into the beginnings of modern Dubai, which traces back to the 1830s when the emirate began its transformation from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis.
Move south along Sheikh Zayed Road to discover the startling architectural masterpieces of Downtown, including the magnificient Dubai Opera, a world-class performance centre in Downtown Dubai. The city’s unique brand of modernism is also on display in Al Quoz – a vibrant arts and cultural hotspot which is transforming the city’s former industrial district. To really get a feel of Dubai’s cultural amalgamation, take a tour further inland into Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, reminiscent of the city’s old world charm.