It’s lights, characters and action, as MOTIONGATE™ Dubai kicks off the holiday festivities


Dubai, UAE: With the countdown to Christmas in full swing, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai kicked off its festive season, welcoming large crowds as they were transported into the ultimate magical destination for thrills, family-fun entertainment and all things festive. 

Guests enjoyed a dance performed with a variety of holiday characters followed by a countdown to the lighting of the park’s 40ft Christmas tree that was adorned with glistening lights and festive decorations.

The region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park which features the greatest number of roller coasters in a single theme park in the Middle East, has 29 thrilling rides, attractions and exciting entertainment experiences to choose from.

If that’s not enough, guests can also enjoy Santa’s Sweet Surprise, a 25-minute live festive show in the Hollywood Theatre that follows the story of Mrs. Claus and the North Pole Bakers as they prepare a special holiday surprise for Santa. 

The “Smurfmas” festive street dance at the Smurfs Village is sure to be a family favourite and will be followed by a special meet and greet experience with the beloved Smurfs themselves. 

Guests are in for a real festive treat as they enjoy the Dance of the Wooden Toy Soldiers, a live street show, along with their favourite seasonal hits, festive decorations, dazzling lights and even a snow shower as they walk through Studio Central.

All this and much more awaits this festive season running daily until January 8th.

About MOTIONGATE™ Dubai:

MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is the flagship theme park at Dubai Parks™ and Resorts and the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East. It also features the maximum number of roller coasters present in a single theme park in the Middle East. In a world first, three legendary Hollywood film studios – DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, and Lionsgate – as well as cartoon franchise The Smurfs, have come together at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai. The unique park features 29 thrilling rides and attractions and exciting entertainment experiences, including character meet-and-greets, dance performances, photo opportunities and more. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai has five distinct zones:

  • The Studio Central, at the park’s entry boulevard, replicates ‘real’ working movie sets and has services and shops to prepare guests for the day. 
  • The Columbia Pictures Zone features seven film-themed rides and attractions including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, The Green Hornet, Underworld, and Zombieland
  • The DreamWorks Zone is entirely indoors, featuring rides and attractions inspired by animated hits How to Train your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and Shrek
  • The Lionsgate Zone features The Hunger Games-inspired Capitol Bullet Train roller coaster, the Panem Aerial Tour, 4D hovercraft motion simulator, as well as two new roller coasters: Now You See Me: High Roller and John Wick: Open Contract 
  • The Smurfs Village Zone includes rides, attractions and play area for young children and families, all inspired by the popular cartoon franchise.