Being so clearly aligned with a product is a double-edged sword for Legoland. Like Lego? Win. Hate it? Why bother? Well actually, the answer to the last question is delivered resoundingly, and so it should, because they’ve had more than enough experience opening around the world. Dubai’s Legoland, opening at Dubai Parks And Resorts on Sheikh Zayed Road in October, will be the world’s seventh, following a similar path to the previous six, essentially creating a space that allows children to earn a driving license, swim with sharks, fight fires and generally enjoy a park dedicated solely to them. They are not the big sell, but there are rides, most of which are interactive and indoors, although we’re taken aback by the sheer size of the signature outdoor coaster, The Dragon.
Exploring the site, it feels larger than the rest – and we don’t just mean the enormous Kingdoms castle – in part due to how much there is to interact with rather than just view, but also because the size of the activities demand it to be. For example, there’s a complex street system for the driving experience, and huge sunken areas that will become boating lakes.
The way in which adults are brought into the mix really brings out our inner child. The wow factor for grown-ups comes in Miniland, a vast 25-metre tall, fully air-conditioned dome that will house – and listen carefully, because this is a Time Out exclusive – a Burj Khalifa replica that could, if its tip tickles the roof, break a world record. There’s also an operational Sheikh Zayed Road and a number of never-before-created structures. Alongside Riverland, the sheer scale of what is to come in the dome is most staggering of the whole tour.
The adjoining waterpark stands proud as a place worth visiting on its own. Annual pass Dhs765 or Dhs995 with waterpark access.
LEGO Factory Take a peek into the process behind making a Lego brick, then take it home as a special memento. For those who want something bigger to sink their teeth into, the biggest store of its kind in the Middle East is nearby.
Driving School Lego City is a collection of interactive experiences where the whole family can help combat emergencies, captain a boat and earn their driving license out on a custom-built road system.
Submarine Adventure Hop into a glass-fronted underwater pod and get up close to the marine life in the park’s aquarium, right in the heart of the Adventure zone.
Wave pool The staple of any good waterpark, the pool at Legoland is located next to the landing zones of five child-friendly waterslides, and is intelligently split to allow for even toddlers to enjoy the experience.