It’s obvious that Dubai, one of the seven United Arab Emirates, is destined to become the #1 tourist destination in the world by 2015. Tourist figures are rapidly every year, so this will not come as a surprise if they achieve their tourism goals. Dubai is also developing into an excellent family vacation destination which is evidenced by the huge investment they are currently making and have invested in a number of theme parks that you can find in the city. The world’s largest theme park, Dubailand, is currently under construction.
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Dubailand will relegate any of the Disneyland’s in the world to second class citizenship when it opens. At the present time, we are not aware of the estimated opening date. The park will house 7 different theme worlds, an art and cultural center, health and well-being exhibits, hotels and resorts, a planetarium and science exhibits, and a huge retail and shopping venue to take advantage of.
However, the following are excellent options for family enjoyment and entertainment whenever you are vacationing with your spouse and children in the city:
Al-Nasr Leisureland – currently, this is Dubai’s oldest and most popular theme park which opened over 30 years ago in 1979. It is situated on 48 acres and offers a wide range of entertainment and sports venues. It is still a favorite of expats and locals alike.
Aquaventure (Atlantis the Palm) – a water park filled with breathtaking thrills on the water. There is a 2 kilometer river cruise, rapids and white water raft rides, and even a shark-infested lagoon (naturally the sharks aren’t real). There is also a water playground for the little ones that aren’t the adrenaline junkie type. One way or the other, this has been a family favorite for a number of years now.
Dreamland Aqua Park – another excellent water park for parents and kids to enjoy. The park is located outside of Dubai by about 35 to 40 minutes but it is well worth the trip to get there. The park features over 250,000 square meters of lush, green garden areas as well as over 25 thrill rides to enjoy. There are also numerous cafés and restaurants as well as a pool bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, a rare opportunity in Dubai.
Wild Wadi Water Park – another waterpark to enjoy. Yes, there are a number of water parks in Dubai, but don’t forget that this is the land of hot summer days and nights, so this is the amusement park of preference with the locals. There are 23 aquatic thrill rides set on only 12 acres. You can enjoy a leisurely float ride or you can be water jet blasted through exciting thrill rides. The choice is all yours.
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