Dubai Theme Parks for the Perfect Family Vacation

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Jessica Milek

Take the family out to one of Dubai’s world renowned amusement parks and create memories that will be cherished for years to come. Here are the top theme parks to visit while in Dubai. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai’s glowing garden

Get lost in a fantasy world at Dubai Garden Glow, where you can walk through a garden filled with colourful lights that resemble flowers, animals and stars. Then be sure to check out the Dinosaur Park extension, a dino haven that is filled with enormous animatronic beasts that roar.
Dubai Garden Glow, Zabeel Park Gate 6 & 7, Dubai, UAE, +9714 398 6888

Dubai Creek Park

Kids exploring in the park

Although not an amusement park, this park does offer a lot of fun to be had. Ride the cable car, get lost in a maze and then go for a sea excursion. The Dubai Creek Park also has a dolphinarium and is home to The Children’s Center, a place where the whole family can learn about science, wildlife and history through interactive and entertaining exhibitions.
Dubai Creek Park, Umm Hurrair2, Dubai, UAE, +9714 336 7633

Magic Planet

Magic planet ride

Magic Planet is an indoor theme park with mini roller-coasters, arcade games, virtual simulators and bowling. The UAE brand launched in the 1990s and now has 24 locations across the region. The Magic Planet theme parks are perfect for all ages.
Magic Planet has locations across the city, including Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif.
Magic Planet, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, Dubai, UAE, +971 4 341 4444

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG Worlds is the largest indoor theme park in the world. Currently it has entertainment from brands like Marvel, Cartoon Network and Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure. Rides are better suited for older children, as height restrictions on most rides range from 1.05m to 1.25m. Look out for their sister park in the near future: IMG Worlds of Legends, which will be even larger!

Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR)

LegoLand Lost Kingdom Of Adventures ride

This is the largest integrated theme park and resort in the region. Book a hotel room in Lapita and experience everything DPR has to offer. The parks include: Bollywood Parks LegoLand and LegoLand water park and Motiongate, a Hollywood themed park with entertainment from brands like DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE, +971 800 2629464

Global Village

Global Village ferris wheel

After two decades, Global Village is still the leading cultural ‘extravaganza’ in the region, with 31 pavilions, 12,000 shows per season and 50 games and rides. Shop around the globe, have fun in the amusement park and be sure to catch one of the cultural shows.
Global Village, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Land, Dubai, UAE, +9714 362 4114

Ski Dubai

The Exclusive Penguin Encounter

The largest and most exotic indoor ski resort in the world, Ski Dubai can give you and your family a much deserved break from the sun. Attractions include: skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and zip lining. If you get tired or have small children, head over to the play area for some winter wonderland fun. The Snow Park also has penguins that you can play with too!
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, Dubai, UAE +971 800 386

Aquaventure Waterpark

Shark Attack ride at Aquaventure

One of the best waterparks in the Middle East, Aquaventure boasts many world firsts, including, the first waterslide inside a waterslide, the world’s largest circumference waterslide, and the world’s first vertical family ride. At Aquaventure you can even pet cownose rays or take a plunge through shark infested waters.
Aquaventure Waterpark, Atlantis The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, +9714 426 0000

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