Your guide to the ten best rollercoasters in the UAE

Thrilling rides at the country's top theme parks

Your guide to the ten best rollercoasters in the UAE

There’s nothing in the UAE that gives us the thrills like plunging down a pipe at insane speeds in a rollercoaster, give or take a few loop-de-loops.

If you’re looking to have your heart in your mouth (don’t worry, not literally), the UAE has just the rollercoasters for you to pick from.

Take a look below for the best rollercoasters in the UAE – ones that will make Matthew McConaughey say “I’ll ride, I’ll ride, I’ll ride.”

And, for plenty more attractions around Dubai and in Abu Dhabi, we’ve got you covered.

Capitol Bullet Train, Motiongate Dubai

Located in the Hunger Games zone of the park, this half-pipe coaster is a firm favourite with team Time Out. Insane speeds and drops, plus what feels like a very slow-motion upside down loop, make this one to try if you think you can handle it.
Fear Factor: 3/5
Minimum height: 130cm

Cheese Spin, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

As the queue winds its way through Tom and Jerry’s house, you’ll be lulled into a false sense of security that this is going to be an easy ride. It’s not. As the bar comes down on your Swiss cheese car, you may begin to question this idea, and as you are dragged slowly higher and higher up the track, it becomes obvious that the only way is down – and fast. Speed through a dark, UV-lit space – oh, and your cart spins round uncontrollably too. One to do before lunch.
Fear Factor: 3/5
Minimum height: 1.10m

Fast and Furry-ous, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

We all know Road Runner runs like a bullet train, so expect to try catch him at those speeds too on this fast and furry-ous (clever) ride. Your legs will be dangling above all the rest of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi’s, visitors as knead through Dynamite Gulch at rocket speeds. Fitting, as there are rockets attached to this incredibly speedy ride. And if you get scared, don’t fret, it will be over in under a minute.
Fear Factor: 3/5
Minimum height: 130cm

Flying Aces, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Board an old-school military bi-plane before scaling 63 metres at a spectacular 51-degree incline – try and keep your eyes open as the views are pretty cool. Then it’s onwards and upwards at speeds of 120 kmph towards the world’s highest roller coaster loop. You would be forgiven for closing your eyes right about now – feel the g-force.
Fear Factor: 3/5
Minimum height: 130cm

Formula Rossa, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

This is properly terrifying. But that’s what makes it so incredible. Reaching dizzying heights of 52 metres and speeds of up to 240 kmph (from 0 kmph in just 4.9 seconds may we add), which is faster than Lewis Hamilton races around the F1 track, it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Fear Factor: 5/5
Minimum height: 140cm

Madagascar Mad Pursuit, Motiongate Dubai

Don’t think this is just a kids’ ride The carriage starts off slowly working its way around the track, alongside characters from the Madagascar movie. But a brightly lit tunnel looms in front of you, which you are hurled into at great speed before dropping and climbing among the kooky visuals. Expect a lot of screaming (and not just from the younger riders).
Fear Factor: 3/5
Minimum height: 120cm

Spiderman Doc Ock’s Revenge, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai

It’s hard to tell whether you’re coming or going on this white-knuckle, adrenalin-inducing attraction. The ride spins, it reaches crazy speeds and it’s mostly in the pitch dark – best of all, when you go on it for the first time you have zero idea what you’re letting yourself in for as the entire roller coaster is concealed bar a tiny snippet.
Fear Factor: 4/5
Minimum height: 1.20m or 1.05m if accompanied

The Green Hornet, Motiongate Dubai

A high speed chase through a junkyard full of hazards and goons trying to fight you may not sounds appealing, but turn it into a rollercoaster and we have a winner. Based on the masked crime fighting superhero of the same name, this rollercoasters will have you zipping around at 31mph all while trying to help the Green Hornet and his trusty assistant Kato. Go on, they can’t save the day without you.
Fear Factor: 3/5
Minimum height: 105cm

Velociraptor, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai

This roller coaster is a definite winner, though it will make you scream right from the start all the way to the finish line. The best part is when the ride transitions from indoors to outdoors – it literally feels like you’ve broken through the wall are flying towards Emirates Road.
Fear Factor: 4/5
Minimum height: 130cm

The Dragon, LEGOLAND Dubai

For beginner rollercoaster fanatics looking for just a smidgen of thrill, The Dragon at LEGOLAND Dubai will do just the trick. Unless you’re terrified of dragons (good luck). The family-friendly ride will see you soar like a block-built dragon, with plenty of twists, turns and a marvellous view of the more than 100 LEGO built structures throughout the theme park. No fire, this is a nice dragon.
Fear Factor: 1/5
Minimum height: 130cm or 120cm if accompanied

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