Dubai newcomers – Two brand new theme parks have opened their doors to visitors in Dubai, and are vying for the hearts of the city's fun-seekers.
By the beach – The new parks, IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks & Resorts, are located within easy reach of Dubai's beach resorts and feature everything from a Lego Taj Mahal to laser games and fast rides.
Wild rides – Both theme parks feature hundreds of child-friendly rides and thrilling roller coasters. (Picture credit: IMG Worlds of Adventure)
IMG Worlds of Adventure – A paradise for film fans, this 1.5 million square feet -- think 28 football fields -- has a 12-screen cinema and has been deemed the world's largest indoor theme park. (Picture credit: IMG Worlds of Adventure)
Dubai Parks and Resorts – This massive space contains four interconnecting theme parks: Legoland Dubai (pictured), Legoland Water Park, Bollywood Parks and the Hollywood-themed Motiongate. (Picture credit: Dubai Parks and Resorts)
Millions of Lego bricks – While surrounded by 60 million Lego bricks and 15,000 Lego model structures, you can splash, swim, shop and ride at the two Lego-themed parks. (Picture credit: Dubai Parks and Resorts)
Lego castles – Young Lego lovers can enter the Kingdoms Castle, and jump onto one of the dragon rides. (Picture credit: Dubai Parks and Resorts)
Miniature Taj Mahal – Legoland Dubai hosts a collection of miniature Lego palaces such as the Taj Mahal, pictured. (Picture credit: Dubai Parks and Resorts)
Laser rides – Once fully completed, Dubai Parks and Resorts will be home to over 100 different rides, themed restaurants ranging from street food to fine dining, live entertainment and shops. (Picture credit: Dubai Parks and Resorts)
Penguins at Ski Dubai – IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks & Resorts may be facing off against each other, but they're not the only parks here. Inside Ski Dubai, for example -- located in Mall of the Emirates -- you'll find penguins and 3,000 square meters of snow. (Picture credit: Ski Dubai)
In the slopes – The adventurous can ski or snowboard at the indoor mountain slope or take a lift to the alpine cafe at the top and sip on a cup of hot cocoa. (Picture credit: Ski Dubai)
Cool camping – For those who want to hit the slopes first thing, there's camping on ice. (Picture credit: Ski Dubai)
Waterparks – Located right beside the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the family-friendly waterpark Wild Wadi has an Arabian folklore theme.
In the water – Visitors can grab a tube and try one of the high-powered rides or relax in the more soothing wave pool lined with palm trees.