First look inside Dubai’s $1bn indoor theme park

A new US$1 billion (£758m) indoor amusement park in Dubai will boast a Marvel Comics-themed zone; a first-of-its-kind 3D ride featuring 18 IMAX projectors; and a hair-raising Haunted Hotel where visitors must be aged 15 and over.

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Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge is a fantastic 400-metre spinning rollercoaster that propels visitors through a New York skyline CREDIT: GLEN PEARSON
Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge is a fantastic 400-metre spinning rollercoaster that propels visitors through a New York skyline CREDIT: GLEN PEARSON

A new US$1 billion (£758m) indoor amusement park in Dubai will boast a Marvel Comics-themed zone; a first-of-its-kind 3D ride featuring 18 IMAX projectors; and a hair-raising Haunted Hotel where visitors must be aged 15 and over.

At first glance, the dusty surroundings of IMG Worlds of Adventure  – exterior landscaping is still to be finished and the road leading to the park was only laid last week – cast doubt on the August 31 opening date.

But step inside the temperature-controlled hangar and you’ll discover an impressive family funhouse. Spread over an area equivalent to 28 football fields, the park is split into four themed zones with prehistoric jungle trails and a labyrinth of city streets.

The Marvel zone is the star attraction, with rides featuring iconic characters such as Thor and Captain America, and Tony’s Skydeck, a fine-dining seafood and steak restaurant based on Iron Man’s alter ego Tony Stark. More info and photos

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Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge is a fantastic 400-metre spinning rollercoaster that propels visitors through a New York skyline CREDIT: GLEN PEARSON

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