Two New Roller Coasters to Open Next Week in Dubai

January 14, 2022, 1:42 PM · Motiongate Dubai will officially become the home to the most roller coasters in the United Arab Emirates next week with the debut of its two newest thrill rides.

John Wick: Open Contract and Now You See Me: High Roller will open in the expanded Lionsgate Zone at the movie-themed park within the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination. The two new coasters will bring Motiongate's coaster count up to seven, breaking its tie with Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which has five coasters.

Inspired by the Keanu Reeves action franchise, John Wick: Open Contract is a 1,019-foot 4D Free Fly Coaster from S&S, with a 54-foot drop and top speed of 38 mph. Now You See Me: High Roller is 1,702-foot single-car spinning coaster from Maurer Rides that will have a top speed of 43.5 mph, which the park has called the world's fastest of its type. The new coasters will open officially on January 21.

Now You See Me: High Roller and John Wick: Open Contract
Photos courtesy Motiongate Dubai

Other coasters at Motiongate Dubai are the Hunger Games-themed Capitol Bullet Train - a Mack Rides launched coaster, the How to Train Your Dragon-themed Dragon Gliders - a Mack Rides Inverted Power Coaster, Green Hornet: High Speed Chase - a Gerstlauer Bobsled, Madagascar Mad Pursuit - a Gerstlauer Infinity, and Smurf Village Express - a Gerstlauer Junior Coaster.

Also on January 21, Dubai Parks and Resorts's Legoland Dubai will welcome guests to its new 250-room Legoland Hotel. For discounted tickets to Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai, please visit our international travel partner's Dubai Parks and Resorts tickets page.

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Replies (8)

January 14, 2022 at 2:57 PM

this is the uncanniest theme park in the world

January 14, 2022 at 3:39 PM

This seems like such a cool park to visit. These indoor theme parks just seem so weird but in a good way. Many a days in Central Florida during summers that I wished those parks were indoors. But anyways I hope the theming in the queue and on the ride itself is a solid effort. I hope to visit this park sometime this decade.

January 15, 2022 at 8:21 PM

Are these overseas coasters outside of the Universal and Disney parks anything special, or are they run-of-the-mill regional park coasters with an IP slapped on the ride vehicle and in the queue?

January 16, 2022 at 6:23 AM

^There might be some minor thematic elements, but pictures online seem to show Now You See Me as unthemed (maybe near the start and end there's some theme? but not based on the limited construction photos). Same for John Wick and the nearby Bombay Express as of now. At least Now You See Me and John Wick have nice facades, and from a roller coaster perspective, Now you See Me has a cool non-inverting loop with some fun-looking turns toward the end with a Jr (non-inverting) Immelmann.

January 16, 2022 at 5:19 PM

I don't think there's a single coaster in the UAE that is, by itself, worth making the trip to experience. (To be fair, few coasters rise to that level.) But the collection of coasters available at Motiongate and at Ferrari World down the road in Abu Dhabi will reward any coaster fan who has the means to book that trip and ride them all. Throw in some great dark rides at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and a new indoor SeaWorld on the way, and the area has plenty to offer theme park fans.

January 18, 2022 at 1:19 AM

Oh great news, there is no doubt that Dubai always is one the best city in beautiful countries. Millions of people go there to enjoy their vacations and mostly businessmen choose this city for business purposes. Well, I'll more share this news with the people and also students when they come to us to get the best assignment writing services. Mostly students move to Dubai after the exam to spend a wonderful vacation.

January 19, 2022 at 9:46 AM

I have lived in Dubai for 9 years and am a big amusement park fan, but the parks here almost always disappoint. I don’t share Robert’s enthusiasm for the Warner Bros park. It just seems cheap all around to me. Ferrari World has a fascinating indoor building and two mind melting roller coasters with Formula Rossa and Flying Aces. Those are worth a visit. And Motiongate was so bad when it first opened that I only used my season pass on the opening day. I didn’t even want to go back. But in recent years it has improved quite a bit, although I don’t know how they are staying open. I was there last October on a Monday and there were 10 people, including me and my gf, for rope drop. The Dreamworks indoor area is amazing to look at and How to Train Your Dragon is a truly first rate and innovative ride. The ride system is similar to Forbidden Journey, but this one utilizes it better, imo, though it’s not as long as FJ. If you do want to come to the UAE for an amusement park tour I would highly recommend coming between November and May. We have to seasons here, summer and hell.

January 19, 2022 at 10:14 AM

Why on earth would I travel that far to go to a half-assed version of Orlando when I can fly to the real thing in 5 hours?

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