Dubai Parks and Resorts (+9714 820 0000) in Jebel Ali has a hugely impressive roster of rides spread across three theme parks and a water park. Wet and wild fun of the tot-friendly variety is mandatory at Legoland Water Park. Once you’ve dried off, explore the six themed lands at Legoland Dubai, home to 40 rides, shows and attractions, and 15,000 scale Lego models. Fans of the Hindi film scene can get their Shah Rukh Khan on at Bollywood Parks Dubai, with a host of rides and attractions inspired by nine all-singing and dancing Bollywood films, complete with 30 colourful live shows a day. Or, sit down and strap yourself in for the ride of a lifetime at Motiongate Dubai, with rollercoasters, multimedia ‘dark rides’ and live shows based on blockbuster film characters including Ghostbusters, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, The Hunger Games and The Smurfs, who even have their own village. Fear factor alert: not all rides are suitable for tender young minds – or adults of a nervous disposition – so check before you ride. Opening times vary between parks.
Thrill-seekers, screamers and scaredy-cats can get their air-conditioned theme park kicks at IMG Worlds of Adventure (+971 4 403 8888), the world’s largest indoor park, which has four zones: Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley-Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard. It’s an animation superhero love fest with more than 20 rides and attractions, including a first-of-its-kind Hulk 3D ride with 18 IMAX projectors and a seriously bone-chilling Haunted Hotel. Open from 11am-10pm Sun to Wed, and 11am-11pm Thur to Sat.