Middle East’s largest theme park destination- Riverland Dubai


Riverland Dubai is a recreation of picturesque locations from around the world, featuring cobbled streets, charming bistros and a meandering man-made river. Riverland is perfect for those living in Jebel Ali. This free Dubai attraction is the perfect weekend getaway for families. 

If you are looking for a great place to relax with family and friends, Riverland Dubai has a wide range of offerings. Riverland spans across four architecturally distinct zones in Dubai, offering a mesmerizing view of some of the world's greatest cities. 

 Four Zones in Riverland 

The Peninsula

From the 19th century architectural theme, the peninsula features attractive bridges connecting the piazza. Surrounded by the river, this area has a large outdoor arena where visitors can enjoy festivals and concerts. Along the river there are licensed restaurants and bars such as ECCO Pizza, Pasta and Irish Village. Walking across the bridge and looking at the beautiful development is one of the best things to do in Riverland Dubai. Not only can you enjoy the beautiful beauty, but you can also get your daily exercise in by getting in those steps. 

Views of factory buildings recreated from the Industrial Revolution era will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. Beautiful waterside dining outlets complement the experience. A glass-enclosed children's room with toys and a play kitchen make the Peninsula a child-friendly area. 

India Gate 

India Gate in the Riverland, you'll often catch traditional Indian drummers banging their drums, If you're wondering where to eat in Dubai Riverland and are craving a spicy curry, India Gate has a range of casual dining venues and fast food joints to tantalize your taste buds. Located near the entrance of Bollywood Parks Dubai, this zone pays tribute to the musical dramas typical of the Indian film industry. Apart from a royal Asian welcome with acrobats, musicians and artistic sculptures, India Gate also has Middle Eastern and Asian delicacies. 


Relive the American era of the 1950s in the Boardwalk Zone, where you can meet jugglers and street performers. California's golden palm trees and glamorous neon signage will certainly bring back memories of early America. Located near the entrance to the Hollywood-inspired Motiongate theme park, this American-inspired area of Riverland is a favorite spot for people with a sweet tooth, as they can enjoy a variety of ice creams, giant marshmallows, and other sweets from Fuzziwig's Candy Factory. 

The French Village 

If you want to experience the charm of Europe's cobbled streets and street music, French Village is the perfect place to visit. There are winding alleys, towers and water wheels to transport you to another world. Stone bridges and a replica of the medieval Dijon, the historic capital of Burgundy, are worth a visit. It is also a good shopping center for souvenirs, gifts and other items. Another highlight for art lovers is Gallery One for paintings and Wired Up for turning your name into jewellery. 

Location: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai

Visiting Hours: Riverland Dubai opening times start at 10:00 am to 11:00 pm in the night for weekdays.

Riverland Dubai opening hours on weekends (Thu & Fri) are from 10:00 am to 12:00 am in the midnight. 

Opening hours for Riverland Dubai can change during Ramadan.  

Entry Fee: Riverland Dubai parking is not free at the moment. There is an AED 20 parking fee for visitors to Dubai Parks and Resorts whereas the valet parking service costs AED 100. The annual pass holders can enjoy complimentary valet parking at Dubai Parks and Resorts. 

How to Reach Riverland 

Getting to Riverland Dubai is relatively easy as it is approximately 40 minutes from Downtown Dubai and 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport. Take Sheikh Zayed Road E 11 towards Abu Dhabi past Dubai Marina. As you drive through downtown Jebel Ali, you will see Dubai Parks and Resorts on your left. 

Riverland Dubai has many basic facilities to keep things convenient. For example, there are ATMs, lockers, first aid stations, wheelchairs and drinking fountains. You can also hire strollers to take your little ones for a walk.

Authorities organize a number of events at Riverland Dubai to celebrate notable occasions and seasonal festivities. Major events at Riverland last year included UAE National Day, Festival on the River to celebrate Christmas, Rhythm on the River for amazing stage performances and children's activities. During the colder months, there are also open-air theaters set up to screen classic movies that you can watch while lounging against beanbags. Riverland Dubai fireworks are also organised for weekends and special occasions that are popular with the city’s residents. 

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