Part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex, Legoland Dubai hosts the usual array of lego attractions together with the first ever indoor Miniland.
|Opened||31 October 2016|
Forming part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, Legoland Dubai officially opened on 31 October 2016 as the first Legoland park in the Middle East. In terms of size, it is one of the smaller lego parks although it features most of the usual legoland attractions that visitors to other parks in the chain will be familiar with.
Due to Dubai's warm climate the park has the first ever indoor Miniland, which sits inside a giant air conditioned dome. Similar to other Minilands, it has recreations of some of the major landmarks of the region, including many of Dubai's iconic skyscapers. Towering above them all is a model of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
It is a little surprising that the majority of other attractions are set outside, albeit some of them under large canopies to provide some shade. It will be interesting to see how the park and its guests fair during the hottest summer days.
In terms of other attractions, the park features staples such as The Dragon coaster, Driving School and Boating School, but sadly they all feel rather "off the shelf" and not customised for the park itself.
That would be my major complaint about Legoland Dubai currently: aside from the Miniland models, there is little to distinguish it from other Legoland parks worldwide. Even the souvenirs are the same, as are the standardised Merlin food offerings. This means the park doesn't have much of a personality of its own and feels a bit corporate.
Having said that, it is up to the usual high standards that guests would expect of Legoland, and everything is themed well. It would just be nice to see a stand-out headline attraction unique to the park coming along in the next few years to give it a definite Emirati feel.
The park's largest rollercoaster, which begins with a dark ride section through an enchanted castle before speeding outside the castle walls for a flight around the grounds
The typical lego jet ski attraction complete with water jets that spectators can fire at unsuspecting riders
Housed inside a giant dome, millions of lego bricks make up recreations of landmarks from Dubai and the surrounding region including a floor-to-ceiling version of the Burj Khalifa
The Dragon's miniture cousin, taking junior rollercoaster riders on a journey around the outside of a lego castle tower
Well themed dark ride taking guests on an interative expedition through the Lost Kingdom where they must hit targets with laser guns to recover some stolen treasure
Dive underwater in a Lego Submarine and discover a large number of species of fish and sharks as the sub travels through the giant aquarium