With some exterior landscaping still to complete before the opening of Dubai’s first mega theme park, the journey to the entrance of IMG Worlds of Adventure remains a little underwhelming – yet from the moment you step inside the giant construct that houses the world’s largest indoor theme park, underwhelmed is not something you will be for the rest of your visit.
The park’s temperature-controlled environment is essentially a giant auditorium stretching over more than 1.5 million square feet of attractions, food and beverage outlets and gift shops. But designers have avoided the feel of a massive aircraft hangar by splitting the park into a labyrinth of mock city streets and prehistoric jungle trails.
Comprising Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard zones, the park, set to open on August 31, can host up to 30,000 visitors a day.
It opens up into the Boulevard Zone, featuring the genuinely terrifying Haunted Hotel, an immersive maze of corridors that visitors navigate on foot, through a host of scary sets and creepy characters – including a blood-drenched butcher surrounded by hanging corpses that was gruesome enough on its own to earn the attraction its 15-and-over age limit. More info and photos