Make a splash at a waterpark, tick off all the rides at your favourite theme park, or enjoy an annual pass for a fraction of the usual cost…

If you’re staying in the UAE this summer, you’ll want to be filling your calendar with fun things to do. And luckily there’s no shortage of those. Across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, thrill seekers can enjoy the biggest and best theme parks and water parks at a seriously good discount, simply for being a UAE resident.

Here are the best UAE theme park deals for residents.

Abu Dhabi

Yas Waterworld

Yas waterworld - UAE theme park

Yas Waterworld is an adventure-themed park with more than 40 slides and attractions, telling the story of an Emirati child, Dana’s search for a lost pearl. Thrill rides include Bubble’s Barrel, Rush Rider, and the region’s largest suspended roller coaster, Bandit Bomber. Get together with family and friends this summer and when you buy four tickets, you’ll only pay for three. It costs Dhs885 which works out to Dhs221.25 per person. If your group is larger than 4 people, a further 25 per cent discount will be applied on additional Single Day tickets purchased in the same transaction. Just make sure everyone in the group has a valid Emirates ID. Children under three get free admission. Book here.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island, Sat to Thurs 10am to 7pm and Fri 1pm to 10pm. Tel: (0)2 496 8000.

Ferrari World

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi -  UAE theme park

Thrill seekers, this one’s for you. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a homage to some of the world’s most exhilarating hypercars, and its collection of thrilling attractions features over 40 record-breaking roller coasters, including the world’s fastest rollercoaster. Ferrari World is also home to the scenic walking tour over the park’s iconic red roof and a two-track zipline to give you even more opportunities to face your fears. Head here with three of your favourite thrill-seeking UAE resident mates and you’ll pay for three tickets rather than four. It will cost you Dhs1,035 which per person breaks down to Dhs258.75 – a saving of Dhs86.25 per person. If your group is larger than 4 people, a 25 per cent discount will be applied on additional Single Day tickets purchased in the same transaction. Children under three get free admission. Book here.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Thur to Tue 12pm to 8pm and Wed 10am to 8pm. Tel: (600) 511115,

Warner Bros. World

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

A wonderland for Warner Bros. fans, you can hunt for clues with Scooby-Doo, go on an adventure with Bugs Bunny and embark on a mission with a real-life superhero all under one climate-controlled, fully immersive roof at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. There are more than 29 action-packed rides and family-friendly experiences to check out, spread across six themed lands including Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Gotham City. Like its Yas Island neighbours, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is offering four tickets for the price of three. The offer will cost you Dhs1,035 which per person is Dhs258.75 which would otherwise cost Dhs345 per person. Again, for groups bigger than four, all additional tickets will receive a 25 per cent discount when bought in the same transaction. Book here.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Sun to Tue 11am to 7pm, Wed 11am to 6pm, Thur 11am to 7pm and Fri and Sat 11am to 8pm. Tel: (600) 511 115.


Dubai Parks & Resorts


Dubai Parks and Resorts brags three theme parks in one. There’s Motiongate which serves up themed entertainment and rides from three of the largest and most successful motion picture studios in Hollywood – DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate; Legoland, a family-friendly fun park filled with over Lego-themed rides, shows, building experiences and attractions; and Legoland Waterpark, where you can splash your way around in Lego-themed water slides and rides. From June 1, children under the age of 13 can go free with one paying adult and experience thrilling rides and meet some of their favourite characters. It’s not limited to UAE Residents, so if you have visitors over, add it to the itinerary. Book here.

And remember, Dubai Parks and Resorts is paying for your Careem rides this summer – so you don’t have to worry about the ride home after a long day of having fun.

Dubai Parks & Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, Opposite Palm Jebel Ali, open daily 10am to 11pm. Tel: (800) 262 9464.

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