Legoland Dubai to open October 2016

If there is one toy that has stood the test of time, is loved across genders, nationalities and ages, surely it’s got to be Lego?

Dubai Parks and Resorts and LEGOLAND® Dubai unveil park layout with LEGO® model map in front of thousands at Arabian Travel Market 2015

It therefore doesn’t surprise me that the folk at Lego have chosen Dubai to be the home of the 7th – and possibly biggest and best yet – Legoland theme park!  With an incredibly diverse culture – almost every nationality in the world is represented in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) workforce – its the place where the seemingly impossible is made possible.  Who on earth thought they could build the world’s tallest tower? An indoor ski slope? the biggest flower garden in the world?  Well move aside Dubai Parks & Resorts are now about to open the biggest and best theme park destination in the Middle East!

In typical Dubai style, ground was only broken a few years ago and already they are touting an October 2016 launch date. In fact, the first of 15,000 Lego models which will use an estimated 60 million Lego bricks has just been shipped into place during February.   The 230,000 brick Red Dragon will be part of the Kingdoms area of Legoland and will breath smoke from his nostrils before families board the Dragon Roller Coaster which will be one of the 40 interactive rides and shows available. 

The first LEGO® model has been installed at LEGOLAND® Dubai_HR

The Red Dragon moves into its new home at LEGOLAND® Dubai!

The Dragon roller coaster forms the centerpiece of the Park’s LEGO® Kingdom area
The Dragon roller coaster will be the centerpiece of the Park’s LEGO® Kingdom area

What you can expect from Legoland Dubai?

Legoland Dubai will be part of the new Dubai Parks & Resorts – a vast new entertainment district currently under construction in Jebel Ali, Dubai.  It is situated right on the border with Abu Dhabi emirate, so flying in to either Dubai International Airport or Abu Dhabi International Airport, you will be in close proximity (under an hours drive away).  There will be one hotel built on site but a plethora of other options within easy driving distance (see UAE hotels you can book here).  The Group are estimating that in their first full year of operation they will receive a staggering 6.7 million visitors – not bad for somewhere that still looks like a giant sand pit!

Within Legoland Dubai itself, there will be 6 themed “lands”.  Much like other worldwide Legolands, each of these lands will include entertainment and educational element, including popular attractions like the Driving Academy, Merlin’s Flying Machine and a Duplo Academy for the smallest tots.  The centrepiece of Legoland Dubai though and what will make it unique to other parks is the first indoor, air conditioned Miniland in the world.  There will be a giant replica model of the Dubai skyline as well as other Middle East wonders and international iconic landmarks.  There will also be an opportunity for kids to build their very own skyline to marvel that of Dubai with a 10 metre long interactive construction table (move over kids, I think I’ll be having a piece of that!!).

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I had the opportunity to ask Legoland Dubai General Manager Siegfried Boerst about how the theme park will cope with the weather extremes we experience in the UAE (summer day time temperatures can reach 50 degrees)

“LEGOLAND Dubai has a great mix of indoor and outdoor attractions, with more indoor features than any other LEGOLAND Park in the world, which will make it perfect for year-round visitation.

LEGOLAND Water Park is next door, featuring more than 20 water slides and attractions, each offering its own different and fun-soaked experience to keep families cool in the heat.”


The LegoLand Water Park is really the perfect touch for the Middle East. It will be the perfect way to cool off after a busy day at Legoland Dubai, or even visit for a day trip on its own (note there will be separate entry fees). The beauty of this park for us will be that its specifically aimed at those aged 2-12 so plenty of age appropriate attractions and activities to enjoy.

What to expect from the new Legoland Water Park at Dubai Parks & Resorts | Discover the UAE | OurGlobetrotters.Net
Build a raft at Legoland Water Park


What else will there be at Dubai Parks & Resorts?

If your still not convinced that Legoland is your thing though, Dubai Parks & Resorts are also be building a motiongate theme park – billed to be the largest Hollywood based theme park in the Middle East as well as a Bollywood Park on the 25 million square foot site.  All the theme parks will be connected by Riverland – an entrance plaza and entertainment boardwalk that will connect the three major theme parks and hotel, complete with a canal running water taxi’s, and a tram service.

All the parks are due to be completed and open simultaneously in October 2016. Mr Boerst advises me that all the attractions at Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park will be ready to experience from day 1! Perhaps another first for Dubai…?

Want to be the first to enjoy Legoland Dubai?

The official opening date is yet to be announced however annual passes can already be purchase in advance directly from the Legoland Dubai website.  Priced at 995dhs for the double pass Legoland Dubai & Legoland Water Park, or 765dhs for Legoland only – this adds up to fantastic value compared to many other UAE family attractions. (In USD this translates to approx. $270 and $210).

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Customers purchasing now will not only get 12 months unlimited access to the parks without blackout dates, they will also be invited to pre-opening park reviews and events and be the first families to try the attractions. There is no separate pricing for adults/children – an annual pass is needed for all family members aged 3 and up.

If you are just visiting the UAE as a one-off, day passes will of course be available but pricing has yet to be released.  A questions mark hangs as to whether UAE residents will receive any special discounts, but I am assured by Mr Boerst that the annual passes will easily pay for themselves within three visits.


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Annual Passes officially launched in Dubai with some keen kiddies!
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Our Miss Z puts some hard questions to General Manager Siegfried Boerst on whether her favourite Ninjago will be making an appearance (the answer is yes! A live show in fact)

Legoland Dubai to Launch October 2016 | OurGlobetrotters.Net

Will this be the end of our international theme park travels?  Possibly.  On several occasions now we have made the trek to Florida for the theme park madness. We have enjoyed it, but the 16 hour flight to get there as well as the time zone adjustment is grueling.  Having a comparable international brand theme park, perfectly suited to the under 12 crowd right on our door step is going to be hard to surpass.  Although we already have the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World only moments from our house on Yas Island, there are several attractions that are inappropriate for small children – and I’ll be honest without entry vouchers it is pretty expensive day when you wont be fully utlising everything!  (Between 250-500 dhs per person).

So are you as excited as we are?  Will you be attending Legoland Dubai when it first opens?  I know for sure there are some little Globetrotters in our house obsessed with Lego who can’t wait to go!


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    • I’m pretty sure my lot will be so busy playing Lego the rides won’t be of that much interest!

  • We went to Dubai last year and find it to be the gateway to Africa. Hoping now we fly though it again so we can experience Legoland. My son will be 11 but looks like the tube ride will be something he’d enjoy!

    • Definitely still things there the older lego-lover will enjoy too (I’m going to enjoy it!!)

  • We recently went to Legoland in Florida and my 8 and 6 year old loved it, especially my 6 year old son. I’m sure they could have spent half the day at the driving school! And Miss 8 adored the Lego Friends area. I went on the Mia’s Riding School ride and that was fantastic! Dubai is always a great spot to stop en route to Europe and this makes it even more attractive.

    • There are so many interactive activities with Legoland – knowing the kids will be kept happy and able to independently explore so much is great news for parents – makes the idea of a whole day at a theme park far less daunting!!

  • This sounds incredible!! We’ve still not been to Legoland (anywhere!) but I know my kids would love it. This one sounds like it’s going to be amazing

    • Knowing that pretty much all the attractions are going to be accessible to all our kids is the real upside – so much at the bigger theme parks one of us ends up sitting out with the littlies

  • My kids would adore this: they love legos and we are thinking of bringing them to Legoland Windsor, which is the closest to where we live. I think i better keep this one hidden, because if they cop there is a Legoland in the sun, I might have to move to Dubai 🙂

  • Looks amazing! I will add it to my stop over list for our next dream holiday! We went to Legoland Windsor and the kids still talk about it so fondly ,

    • I’m sure they will love this one too Bron – throw in the Waterpark as well its unbeatable for the under 12 crowd!

  • Wow, you have to hand it to Dubai, they completely embody a ‘Go Big or Go Home’ attitude! Looks like it will be pretty incredible, and very well priced for the annual pass in comparison to its worldly competitors!

    • That’s it, if Dubai can’t make it happen no one can!! Very reasonable prices, even compared to other UAE attractions. Any annual pass that pays off within 3 visits is great value

  • Sounds amazing Keri, can’t wait to check it out! We visited Legoland Windsor during our recent UK trip and the kids had a ball.

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