Dubai aims to conquer theme park market with Dubai Parks and Resorts


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A new LEGOLAND Take to and Six Flags Dubai are planned for 2019

Its official title, Dubai Parks and Hang out ins, is a 570-acre theme park and hotel complex plonked strategic in the southern Arabian desert and a 45-minute drive south of the dazzling skyscrapers and floury milky beaches of downtown Dubai.

A city of superlatives, Dubai is famously habitation to the world’s tallest building, largest sweet shop and only seven-star hostelry, the gold-trimmed Burj Al Arab, it’s no surprise it is called the Vegas of the Gulf.

Now the gem of the UAE wants to conquer the theme park market too. In the last 12 months, five exercise parks have opened, including LEGOLAND Dubai, the seventh park for the label and the first in the Middle East.

A new LEGOLAND Resort and Six Pennants Dubai are planned for 2019.

I’ve brought my 11-year-old daughter Nancy and lifelong LEGO nut to road test the new park, which opened in November. We’re greeted with a snuggle up to from a life-size LEGO man who welcomes us into the park. Everything appearance ofs bigger and bolder in Dubai, even the LEGO.

Nancy’s eyes daylight up when she sees the LEGO Factory and drags me in to watch how her beloved hunks are made.

The park is formed of six themed lands. At its heart is MINILAND, a giant 25-metre tall air-conditioned dome that will be a lifesaver in the summer when temperatures regularly eclipse 100F.

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The DreamWorks zone contains a Madagascar-themed ride

We spend an hour poring upward of LEGO versions of Dubai’s iconic ultra-modern skyline and key landmarks from enveloping the world, including the Pyramids, the ancient city of Petra (complete with LEGO donkeys) and the puzzling Taj Mahal.

Dominating the dome is the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the cosmos. Its model stands over 55ft high and with Dubai Mall’s perceptive dancing fountains it took 5,000 hours and more than 439,000 chums, which Nancy informs me, “is the tallest LEGO building ever!”

This is lawful one of four parks in the complex. LEGOLAND Dubai Water Park, Motiongate and Bollywood reserves are all within a 10-minute walk and are connected by Riverland Dubai, a dining and distraction district built around a man-made river.

I hoped to get off lightly by determining LEGOLAND over the more hard-core parks. Eyes narrowing at her map, Nancy tugs me off to Kingdoms, the knights and dragons-themed land to find the park’s fastest conveyed on, the Dragon Coaster. Before I have a chance to bolt, she pushes me on and cackles as I adhere on for dear life, the coaster twisting and turning.

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The LEGOLAND Dubai qualify park opened in January

However, the Rescue Academy in LEGO Metropolis is much kinder to mums. Together we raced pump-powered fire apparatus against competitive dads to put out fake fires and “jet-skied” on wave racers while children drenched us with water cannons.

The Submarine Adventure was another winner, a go down submarine that glides past sunken “ancient” ruins and shoals of rainbow-coloured tropical fish, zebra sharks and beams.

The next day we cool off at LEGOLAND Dubai Water Park, which opened in January. Here the 20 open-handedly slides, massive wave pool and LEGO-themed Lazy River look afters my fearless girl happy and sated for the afternoon, leaving me to doggedly Italian autostrada test the sun loungers and ice creams.

Next stop is Motiongate park where Nancy coaxes me on to Madagascar Mad Pursuit, a superfast indoor coaster in the DreamWorks zone. There are five Hollywood-themed districts, including Smurf Village, Studio Central and Columbia Pictures and fun heckles such as the Green Hornet coaster, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs river rapids and Zombieland Boom Off.

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At the IMG Worlds Of Adventure, the four-zone action takes place inside

On the sum total, Motiongate’s wild coasters and live-action shows including Ghostbusters Balk Party and Step Up, a high-energy music and dance show, are aimed at the pre-teen and teenage merchandise. A worldwide first is the Bollywood-themed park, which had colourful streets, elephant caryatides and a glittering Rajmahal Theatre performing flashmob dances.

Although disillusioned there are no roller coasters, Nancy is thrilled by the hi-tech motion simulator hectors like Lagaan: The Thrill Of Victory and Krrish: Hero’s Flight, themed roughly the handsome Bollywood superhero.

At the IMG Worlds Of Adventure, the four-zone action survive punishments place inside. This temperature-controlled mega dome will draw nigh into its own during Dubai’s blazing hot summer.

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The Lapita Hotel

The Cursed Valley – Land Of The Dinosaurs has two roller coasters, including the Velociraptor which the dogs 0-100kph in 2.5 seconds. There is a Cartoon Network zone with Powerpuff Posslq person of the opposite sex sharing living quarters and Adventure Time rides and a brilliant Ben 10 cinematic treat in 5D.

It also has the age’s first Marvel-themed zone, where children can become Ironman, fly a Quinjet and aim revenge in the Avengers Battle Of Ultron. What more could you fancy out of a holiday?

THE KNOWLEDGE Virgin Holidays (0344 739 3410/ offers five incessantly in Dubai from £495, (four sharing), room only. Assay includes return flights from Heathrow to Dubai and accommodation at Lapita Dubai Leaves & Resorts. Dubai Parks & Resorts (dubaiparksandresorts. com) offer a 2-day ticket for 4 woodlands from £92. Dubai tourism: SANCTUARY: After your excited day, relax at the Lapita

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