Timeframe: Dreamland Aqua Park in UAQ has stood test of time

Twenty years on, Dreamland Aqua Park, which is located on the coastline of Umm Al Quwain, remains one of the largest parks in the region, and while it may not be a modern-day Motiongate, its 30 rides and crazy slides keep people coming back

UMM AL QAIWAIN, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - April 22: Dreamland Aqua Park in Umm al Qaiwain on April 22, 2008.  (Randi Sokoloff / The National) *** Local Caption *** RS001-Dreamland.jpg

News this week that Dubai Parks and Resorts are planning to open a Lionsgate zone, inspired by the international blockbuster film series The Hunger Games, prompted us to turn our attention to the region's first theme parks.

Dreamland Aqua Park was one of those. The vision of Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Mualla, deputy ruler of Umm Al Quwain, member of the UAE Supreme Council and ruler of the Umm Al Quwain emirate, the park was inaugurated on June 12, 1997. It was created with one main purpose: to be a place where "fun is a right for everyone!".

Twenty years on, Dreamland Aqua Park, which is located on the coastline of Umm Al Quwain, remains one of the largest parks in the region, and while it may not be a modern-day
Motiongate, its 30 rides and crazy slides keep people coming back. 

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