Dubai Parks & Resorts: A Day Visit At MOTIONGATE

If you regularly read my blog, you know that Derick and I are avid fans of theme parks. During our most recent travel in the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi & Dubai), we did not miss the opportunity to experience UAE’s amazing theme parks. After our Ferrari World Abu Dhabi visit (read A Day At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, UAE), Derick and I had a blast at Motionagate – Dubai Parks.

Dubai Parks and Resorts is one of the newest attractions in the city. It is a complex of theme parks that consist of Riverland, Bollywood, Legoland, Legoland Water ParkMotiongate and the Lapita Hotel.


Dubai Parks and Resorts is located in Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali. Please take note that the park is quite far from the Dubai City Center and getting there might be a little bit tricky if you don’t know how. There are available FREE Shuttle Buses that transport guests in some designated locations. Kindly check HERE for the shuttle bus schedules or you may visit their website for more details.



Riverland is a themed dining and shopping destination. It houses various restaurants and shops that can be found in its four zones – The French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate and The Peninsula. Each zone is accessible to everyone and no tickets are required.


Bollywood2India Gate

Bollywood Parks showcased India’s famous sights and landmarks. It has five sections; the Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios.


LegolandLegoland and Legoland Waterpark is ideal for families with young children.

Since Dubai Parks is an integrated themed park and is also quite huge, it would be ideal to stay at Lapita Hotel (which is their park resort accommodation) for a couple of days to enjoy the parks fully.

As first timers we don’t know what to expect yet, so we decided to explore Motiongate only. Which was a good idea because we only had limited time in Dubai.


Motiongate BalloonsMotiongate CinemaMotiongate FountainStudio Central

Motiongate is also divided into zones which consist of Studio Central, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, Columbia Pictures, and the Smurf Village.


Dreamworks is my favorite of all the zones in Motiongate because most of my favorite cartoon movies are all in one roof: Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, How To Train Your Dragon and Shrek.

Joy9.jpgMeeting with Po for the second time. Now, we are like best friends.

How to TrainJoy with ToothlessMy favorite dragon, Toothless. Experience riding with dragons.

DSCF9201MadagascarJoin the animals of Madagascar and enjoy a roller coaster adrenaline rush.

DSCF9288ShrekShrek2Explore the world of Shrek

Columbia PicturesColumbia Pictures


Hotel Transylvania 

Ghost BusterGhost Busters

Smurfs Village

SmurfsSmurf Village 


Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop 

There are many restaurants inside the park to choose from however noodles and dumplings are our go to dishes. Po (of Kung Fu Panda) has always been proud to say that his dad’s (Mr. Ping) noodles are the best. We were curious if it’s true. Because of this we tried out Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop located inside the Kung Fu Panda section of Motiongate. The food was indeed delicious. The only downside is that the serving was small. Nevertheless, we  very much enjoyed our dumplings and noodles at Mr. Ping’s.


Having been to Movie World, Universal Studios and Disneyland – I can safely say that Motiongate is very much at par with other famous theme parks. Parks like this are meant for families with little kids and adults who are young at heart. If you are not a fan then you might not be impressed. But if you want to be part of your favorite cartoon movies and experience riding your own dragon, taking part of Po’s adventure, explore Shrek’s lair and get that adrenaline rush with the animals of Madagascar, then surely you will enjoy Motiongate as much as we did.

Are you a fan of theme parks? What’s your favorite park? Share it with me in the comment section below because I would love to read your experience.

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