Best Theme Parks in UAE

Best Theme Parks in UAE

Last Updated on February 6, 2024

Despite being based on a single idea, theme parks present exciting possibilities to visitors. Here, they can see different things, take exciting rides, and do more. As far as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is concerned, it has some of the best theme parks across the globe. The best part about theme parks in UAE is that they differ from one another. As a result, its theme parks promise an invaluable experience to visitors.

Best Theme Parks in UAE

Are you planning to visit the UAE with your kids to check out its top theme parks? To help you visit the best ones, here’s a list of the best theme parks in the United Arab Emirates.

1. Motiongate Dubai

Motiongate Dubai

Do Hollywood movies draw your attention? If yes, a visit to Motiongate Dubai will enrich your experience and also broaden your understanding of the global movie industry based in Los Angeles, California. It will give you a glimpse of famous movie studios like Lionsgate Studios, DreamWorks Studios, and Columbia Pictures Studios.

On entering the theme park, you’d feel as if you have entered into a world of Hollywood movie sets. By spending some time here, you will come to know how some of the scenes of your favorite Hollywood movies were shot. Other than this, Motiongate Dubai also has dedicated sections based on different characters and movies.

Motiongate Timings: Saturday to Wednesday (summers): 12 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday to Wednesday (winters): 12 pm to 9 pm, Thursday (summer): 12 pm to 9:30 pm, Thursday (winter): 12 pm to 10 pm

Motiongate Dubai Tickets: Entry fee for a day – AED 245, an annual pass – AED 345, an annual pass for all parks – AED 595

Zones to explore: Columbia Pictures Studio Zone, DreamWorks Studio Zone, Lionsgate Studio Zone, and Smurfs Village Zone.

Motiongate Dubai Rides:Melmal-Go-Round, Penguin Air, Fountain of Dreams, Madagascar Mad Pursuit, and Dragon Gliders.

2. Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is the ultimate destination for lovers of heart-racing fun and hyper-adrenaline adventures. It is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster and the highest loop ride, not to mention the tallest space-frame structure ever built on Earth and more than 40 record-breaking attractions.

Visitors will also love the park’s magic shows, restaurants showcasing the unique flavors of Italy, and access to the world of luxury Italian racing legends and supercars.

Timings: Varies between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Subject to change, always check the website for updates)

Entry fee: AED 345 for Single Day Tickets; Annual Passes and Multi-Park tickets combining access to Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and other Yas Theme Parks also available.

Rides and Attractions: Formula Rossa, Flying Aces, Fiorano GT Challenge, Turbo Track, Turbo Tower, Formula Rossa Jr., Flying Wings, Speedway Race, Bell’Italia, Karting Academy, Mission Ferrari, Junior Grand Prix, Benno’s Great Race and more (Check the website for availability).

Food and Beverages: Il Podio, Espresso Rosso, Mamma Rossella, Officers Food Quarters.

3. Warner Bros. World™ Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros. World™ Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is the region’s largest branded indoor theme park.  Visitors can explore uniquely themed lands at Warner Bros. Plaza – Bedrock, Cartoon Junction, Dynamite Gulch, Gotham City, and Metropolis – for an immersive experience. The park also features popular superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as iconic characters like Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, and The Flintstones.

With gift shops, themed restaurants, and 29+ rides, and highly entertaining shows, Warner Bros. WorldTM Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is definitely a wonderful place for the whole family to check out.

Timings: Check the website for daily schedules (Examples are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Entry fee: AED 345 for Single Day Tickets; Annual Passes and Multi-Park tickets combining access to Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and other Yas Theme Parks also available.

Rides and Attractions: The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure, The Jetsons Cosmic Orbiter, Fast and Furry-ous, Scooby-Doo: The Museum of Mysteries, Tom and Jerry Swiss Cheese Spin,  Tweety Wild Wockets, Cartoon Junction Carousel, Batman Knight Fight, The Joker Funhouse, Justice League: Warworld Attacks, Teen Titans Training Academy, The Riddler Revolution, and more.

Food and Beverages: The Starlight, Hollywood Trattoria, Celebrity Scoop, Beverly Hills Boulangerie, Bronto Burgers & Ribs, Mammoth Munchies, ACME Commissary, Huckleberry Hound Pies, Yogi Bear & Boo Boo Ice Cream, Hall of Doom, Mr. Freeze Ice Scream Truck, Gotham City’s Finest, Jitters Coffee & Snacks, Ace O’Clubs, Big Belly Burger.

Warner Bros. World™ Shows: Warner Bros. Cinema Spectacular.

4. IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai

Located in the heart of the desert city, IMG Worlds of Adventure offers world-class entertainment with top-notch amenities. The mega indoor theme park is spread across an area of 1.5 million sq. ft. It is the hub of many entertaining shows with Disney, DC, and other popular characters, and other attractive rides.

Timings: Sunday to Wednesday – 11 am to 8 pm, Thursday to Saturday – 11 am to 9 pm

Entry fee: AED 158 to AED 258

Rides and experiences: Marvel Zone, CN Zone, Lost Valley, IMG Boulevard

5. Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi

Yas Waterworld

With 40 unique and exciting slides and rides, Yas WaterWorld in Abu Dhabi is a top waterpark in which entertainment is guaranteed for both kids and adults alike. It has a dedicated children’s play area, which is loaded with many activities. Due to this feature, most visitors consider it one of the leading choices among waterparks for kids activities in Abu Dhabi. Also known for its cafes and restaurants, it also offers a locker facility. You can keep your valuables safely in a locker and enjoy your stay in the water park without worrying about security concerns.

Timings: *IMPORTANT NOTICE: Yas Waterworld will temporarily close for routine maintenance from 8 January 2024, reopening for the next splash-tastic season on 5 February 2024. Check the website for daily hours once it reopens.

Entry fee: AED 295 for Single Day Tickets; Annual Passes and Multi-Park tickets combining access to SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and other Yas Theme Parks also available.

Rides and Attractions: Bandit Bomber, Falcon’s Falaj, Jebel Drop, Water Wars, Al Raha River, Liwa Loop, Dawwama, Cinesplash, Slithers Slides, Yadi Yas, AMWAJ, Bubble’s Barrel, Hamlool’s Humps, Cannon Point, Rush Rider, SEBAG.

Food and Beverages: Dana’s Diner, Skinnys Frozen Treats, Salma’s Snack Shack.

6. SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Eager to learn about the ocean and all the wonderful creatures living in it? Then Seaworld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is a destination you cannot miss. Home to more than 100,000 animals and offering 75 interactive theme park rides and experiences, Seaworld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi is the next generation of marine life theme parks telling the captivating “One Ocean” story about the interconnectivity between life on earth and the ocean.

There are 8 immersive realms to explore, up-close animal encounters and presentations, an exciting range of interactive and educational experiences and rides, and delightful character performances for the whole family. And with 17 international dining options and 13 stores for awesome shopping experiences, kids and adults alike are sure to have a splashing good time.

Timings: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entry fee: AED 290 (Children) and AED 375 (Adults) for Single Day Tickets; Annual Passes and Multi-Park tickets combining access to SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and other Yas Theme Parks also available.

Rides and Attractions: Manta Coaster, OctoZoom!, Hydrosphere 360deg, Jelly Plunge, Shipwreck Cove, Kelp Climb, Explorers’ Sea Base, Launch Bay, Turtle Twist, Penguin Play, Endless Ocean Aquarium, Ocean Surface Pod, Juhani Village, Dolphin and Sea Lion Presentations, The Swirl and more.

Food and Beverages: Bamboo Bites, Bay View Cafe, Cenote Cafe, Dallat Al Bahar, Fathom 11, Lost Cove Treats, Lugaima, Matbakh Ummi, The Catch, Umberto’s, S-E-A Snacks, Wasi’s Market, Waterside Cafe, Pretzel Point, Spice Island, Frozen Treats, Bitsy Bites.

Final Thoughts

Together with the above theme parks, there are also other themeparks in the UAE to which you may want to go. If you are on an extended trip to the UAE, you can visit the other themed parks as well. Keep sufficient time in hand while heading to them for an enthralling and fun-filled experience. Also, keep the weather settings in mind and plan your visit accordingly. Though you do not need to worry about it if you are planning to go to one of the indoor-themed parks, it will be necessary for those that do not have indoor settings.

In conclusion, the UAE stands as a thrilling playground for both locals and visitors alike, offering a captivating array of theme parks that cater to all ages and interests. From the adrenaline-pumping rides at Ferrari World to the enchanting adventures in Motiongate Dubai, the country has successfully transformed its landscape into a realm of entertainment and wonder. As travelers seek unforgettable experiences, these theme parks continue to be a cornerstone of the UAE’s tourism industry. Whether you’re a fan of heart-stopping roller coasters, immersive storytelling, or simply want to indulge your taste buds, the UAE’s theme parks have it all. So, if you’re planning your next adventure to this vibrant destination, don’t forget to explore the myriad Dubai Tour Packages that effortlessly combine the magic of these theme parks with the beauty and luxury of the city itself.

About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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