New Dubai Theme Parks Triple the Fun Factor

Dubai theme parks, meetings
The entrance to Motiongate, one of the new Dubai theme parks

As if an evening of indoor skiing or an afternoon on the waterslides at the Atlantis The Palm were not enough for meeting attendees, three newly opened Dubai theme parks have elevated the fun factor to a new level.


The first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East, LEGOLAND Dubai features 15,000 LEGO model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks. It opened in October, and its sister theme park, Lgoland Water Park, just opened last month. A highlight there is Build-A-Raft River, where visitors can create their own rafts using Lego soft bricks, for a trip down a lazy river.


Bollywood Parks Dubai opened in November, a four-park experience centered around Hindi movies, which are hugely popular here. Dubai has become a favorite haunt for Bollywood stars, and many of them vacation here and will make appearances at the park.


Dubai has united three of Hollywood’s legendary film studios (Dream Works Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate) into one theme park, Motiongate, which just opened in December. A literal “Hollywood in the Desert,” it has 27 rides and attractions, including five rollercoasters. The park is available for corporate teambuilding, product launches, and events at its various venues, including a 1,000-seat Art Deco–style theater.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.