Editor’s Note — This article was originally published in September 2016.
“We wanted this to be an icon for Dubai itself and an icon for the region,” says Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds of Adventure. “And opening the world’s largest indoor theme park seemed very fitting for this market.”
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Dubai’s fastest and tallest roller coaster
IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, opened in Dubai on August 31. The Predator roller coaster (pictured) is one of 22 rides and attractions.
The signature ride at the theme park, the Velociraptor, sets another record in Dubai — fastest and tallest roller coaster in the emirate.
The Velociraptor shoots riders out of the gates to over 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. It also features eight stomach-churning loops and corkscrews.
And that’s not all — there are 21 other rides and attractions, 28 dining outlets, and 25 retail stores. The park is air-conditioned to attract visitors even during Dubai’s sweltering summers. IMG Worlds of Adventure also features characters under license from Marvel and Cartoon Network, which is owned by CNN’s parent company.
But it’s certainly not the only amusement park in town. Later this year, the even bigger Dubai Parks and Resorts development is set to open just outside the city.
That park — built at a cost of more than $3 billion dollars — includes LegoLand, a Bollywood-themed zone, and a water park.
The new theme parks are part of Dubai’s plan to boost tourism to the United Arab Emirates amid plunging oil prices in the Gulf. As many as 18 million visitors could visit Dubai’s amusement centers by 2021, according to analysts.