PICTURES: World’s biggest indoor theme park to open in Dubai in August

It’s the news that we’ve been waiting for – the world’s biggest indoor theme park is set to open its gates in Dubai on August 15, it was revealed today. IMG Worlds of Adventure will be the first park of its kind to open in the city, and tickets are set to go on sale via the website tomorrow.

As a temperature controlled indoor park, IMG Worlds of Adventure will be open 365 days per year. Spread across 1.5 million square feet (that’s around 28 football pitches!) the $1 billion project located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road will bring four zones with around 20 signature rides and attractions, 28 F&B outlets and 25 retail stores.

Marvel and Cartoon Network themed rides are the main pull, with rides themed around the likes of Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman and The Avengers. There will also be a Lost Valley where guests can try to complete the dinosaur-themed rides before the volcano explodes.

The rollercoasters and attractions include “Predator”, which is a sheer drop of over 90 degrees and the white-knuckle “The Velociraptor”, which is 0-100 in 2.5 seconds.

“Thor Thunder Spin” allows guests to battle Loki alongside Thor on a crazy floorless ride through fog, water and fountains.

The IMG Boulevard will have street entertainment, food trucks and retail spaces, while the 12-screen Novo cinema will be open to for admission to those looking to catch a film without entering the park as well as park guests.

Being an indoor park, IMG Worlds of Adventure is able to stay open for longer hours than most, with gates open from 10am until midnight on weekends and 10am until 10pm on week days. It has a whopping capacity of 30,000 people, and they’re expecting to pull in around 4.5 million in their first year.

On top of the August 15 opening date reveal, it was also announced that tickets will go on sale from tomorrow. An adult pass is priced at AED300, while kids (under 1.2 metres) are AED250.

The rides we can’t wait for…

Marvel Zone

Avengers Battle of Ultron: Guests can join Marvel’s Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America and the Hulk as they take to the skies in the Quinjet to battle the evil villain Ultron.  This highly immersive, action-packed ride is the first ‘dark’ ride for Avengers in the world.

Hulk Epsilon Base 3D: A unique, first-of-its kind ride featuring Hulk as he battles against his deadliest foe – The Leader.  This innovative, 100-seater ride system is the first-of- its-kind in the world and uses a combination of 360 degree projection screens and motion to virtually propel guests through an immersive battle scene experience.

Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge: This 400-meter spinning coaster will propel guests through the New York skyline with Marvel’s famous web-slinger Spider-Man, whilst he fights to save the city from the sinister Doctor Octopus.

Thor Thunder Spin: For the most adventurous of guests, this dizzying top-spin experience will pin guests to their seat as Thor, the Mighty Avenger, attempts to rescue them from the clutches of Loki, God of Mischief.

Avengers Flight of the Quinjets:  This exciting ride is suitable for all ages and allows guests to take control of their own two-seater pod and join a challenging interactive flight race.

The Lost Valley

The Velociraptor: Guests will blast off on this thrilling 1.1 km rollercoaster propelling them to speeds of up to 100 km in 2.5 seconds, launching them from the deep dark prehistoric jungles of the Lost Valley out into the Dubai desert and back.

Forbidden Territory: Dinosaur enthusiasts will enjoy this deep jungle safari ride through the Forbidden Territory surrounded by 70 prehistoric, life-sized animatronic dinosaurs.

Predator: For adrenaline junkies who have no fear, this experience is sure to get even their pulse racing. This unique ride offers thrill-seekers the sharpest drop track in the region, with a heart-stopping ‘beyond-vertical’ plummet to Earth.

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