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10 best theme parks for adventure seekers in Dubai

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Dubai, while famous for its grand desert and the magnificent Arabian Gulf, is also home to some of the best water and theme parks in the Middle-East. With multiple theme parks of the highest standards, one can even design an entire holiday around them. In this guide, we will take a quick look at some of the best theme parks in Dubai. Whether you're looking for friendly rides or hair-rising thrills, you will find them here.

Theme Parks in Dubai

There are many theme parks in Dubai, including IMG Worlds of Adventure, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and Aquaventure Waterpark. These parks offer a variety of rides and attractions for all ages, and are sure to create lasting memories. Home to at least 40 theme parks, there's something for everyone at these Dubai theme parks, whether you're looking for a thrill-seeking adventure or a relaxing day by the pool

5 Best Roller Coasters in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Needless to say, any thrill-seeker visiting Dubai will have the time of their life. There are many amusement and adventure parks dotting Dubai, as well as the nearby Abu Dhabi, but there are some that you simply cannot miss! Here's a list of 5 of the best roller coasters in Dubai, and where you can ride them.

1The Velociraptor

IMG Worlds of Adventure

The Velociraptor is one of the many fun and exciting rides at IMG Worlds of Adventure. This thrilling coaster reaches speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour, and features sharp turns and twists that will have you screaming for more. Riders must be at least 1.3 meters tall to ride.

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2Capitol Bullet Train

Motiongate Dubai

The Capitol Bullet Train is one of the many thrilling rides at Motiongate Dubai. This coaster reaches speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, at gravity-defying, speeds and is inspired by The Hunger Games series' protagonist, Katniss.

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Aquaventure Atlantis Water Park

An unmissable water park ride, the Aquaconda is the world's largest tube-waterslide for extreme careering. The 9.2-metre wide and 25-metre tall slide catapults riders at a speed of 35 kmph through a tunnel.

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4Formula Rossa

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Formula Rossa is the world's fastest roller coaster, and is located in Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. This thrilling ride reaches speeds of up to 240 kilometers per hour, and features a 52 meter tall hill that is sure to get your heart racing. Riders must be at least 1.4 meters tall to ride.

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5Swiss Cheese Spin

Warner Bros. World Dubai

A twisting coaster themed after the iconic Tom and Jerry, this ride will have you hurtling through space at a speed of around 30 miles an hour! The coaster takes you through an oversized house set and you'll see things from the eyes of the cat and mouse duo.

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#1 Aquaventure Atlantis Water Park

Biggest Water Park in Dubai

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Water ParkFamily-Friendly

The Aquaventure Waterpark is situated on the outer arms of the famous Palm Islands in Atlantis, The Palm Resort. The largest water park in all of the Middle East and Europe, Aquaventure Waterpark is also a multi-award winning park, having won the “Best Waterpark in the Middle East 2015” on TripAdvisor and “Middle East’s Leading Waterpark 2016” by the World Travel Awards. Awaiting you at Aquaventure are 90-foot slides where you exit into a shark-infested lagoon, lazy river boat rides and the most famous of them all, Poseidon’s Revenge - dropping you 75 feet before the slide arcs you through a double loop. Our in-depth Aquaventure Waterpark guide will provide all the information you need in order to make your theme park experience a wonderful one.

Best Time to Visit
November to March, early mornings on weekdays
Recommended Duration
5 Hours

Top Things to Do in Aquaventure Atlantis Water Park

  1. Get up close with Leap of Faith, which takes you through a clear acrylic tunnel with sharks swimming above it, after a 60-foot vertical drop!
  2. Book yourself an encounter with dolphins at Dolphin Bay to play and swim with these gentle creatures.
  3. Take 45 minutes to float across the entirety of the waterpark on the Lazy River.

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Aquaventure Atlantis Waterpark Reviews

The water park was ace. It was our first time and booked the aquarium also. Wish we'd stayed in the park longer to make the list of the water park

- Jemma, Headout, August 2022

We had a great time but you should definitely pay a aquaexpress ticket so you don't have to wait in line for too long because it kills all the fun. This way you can experience everything they have. Buy shoes before you come there because the prices are too high. The park is beautifull and we recomend it to all of you who come in Dubai, love adrenaline and want to have an amazing time.

- Krešimir, Headout, August 2022

#2 Wild Wadi Water Park

Most Popular Waterpark in Dubai

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Waterpark Arab Folklore Themed Most Popular

Wild Wadi is one of the most popular water parks in Dubai. Situated across the gorgeous Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers recreation and enthralling fun with a view. Themed around the Arabian folklore character, Juha, Wild Wadi is the first water park to have been built in the Middle East and was awarded the Dubai Quality Award Gold in the year 2007. Home to the largest wave pool in the Middle East - Breakers Bay; Wild Wadi has numerous rides and slides purpose built for people of all ages. The most famous ride though is the Jumeirah Sceirah - the tallest and fastest free-fall water slide outside the Americas.that allows you to fly down a 120-meter slide at speeds of up to 80 km/h (50mph)! Check out our Wild Wadi Waterpark guide to learn more about this amazing park.

Best Time to Visit
November to March, early April
Recommended Duration
5 Hours

Top Things to Do in Wild Wadi Water Park

  1. Get up close with Leap of Faith, which takes you through a clear acrylic tunnel with sharks swimming above it, after a 60-foot vertical drop!
  2. Book yourself an encounter with dolphins at Dolphin Bay to play and swim with these gentle creatures.
  3. Take 45 minutes to float across the entirety of the water park on the Lazy River.

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Wild Wadi Water Park Reviews

Great park, with a lot of fun for the kids but also for the adults. Clean:10 , safety:10, kindness of guards and other workers:10, We all loved it all.

- Frederik, Headout, July 2022

Awesome adventure place is very pleasant, the people working always with a smile. Definitely will make a come back in the future. They have a very clean area the sun umbrellas were available almost all over. The ground and was safe to leave the items, brought with me.

- Miguel, Headout, July 2022

#3 Ski Dubai

Third Largest Indoor Ski Slope

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Indoor Park Snow Park Mall Of Emirates

Ski Dubai is unlike any other park in Dubai, or the Middle East for that matter. With temperatures maintained at -2° C, it is easy to forget that you’re in Dubai once you step into Ski Dubai. Located in the Mall of the Emirates and covered in snow all year round, Ski Dubai is a massive space that covers 22,500 square meters. With 5 slopes that vary in difficulty, height and gradient, there is something for everyone here. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time in snow or you’re a seasoned skier, visitors of all skill levels can enjoy the slopes. The longest run here is 400 meters long that slopes over 60 meters in height. It also has a Freestyle Zone for those fluid in their trade to show off their skills. Go through our Ski Dubai guide to learn more about this exotic park and how you can experience it to the fullest.

Best Time to Visit
Anytime through the year except weekends
Recommended Duration
3 Hours

Top Things to Do in Ski Dubai

  1. Get up close with Leap of Faith, which takes you through a clear acrylic tunnel with sharks swimming above it, after a 60-foot vertical drop!
  2. Book yourself an encounter with dolphins at Dolphin Bay to play and swim with these gentle creatures.
  3. Take 45 minutes to float across the entirety of the water park on the Lazy River.

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Ski Dubai Reviews

The whole experience was fun. From the hotel pickup/drop-off (air-conditioned), the road trip to the sand dunes, the exhilarating dune-bashing, camel ride, henna painting and VIP view of belly dance and fire show. The food/refreshments were served on the table (so we didn't have to stand in line for food). If you have kids, this package would be great for a family.

- Tolulope, Headout, July 2022

Jaw dropping experience in the middle of Desert, while chairlift provided a magnificent view from the top, the whole set up was brilliant and service was top notch.

- Sophina, Headout, June 2022

#4 IMG Worlds of Adventure

Largest Indoor Amusement Park in the World

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Indoor Park World Record Toddler-Friendly

IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest indoor theme park in the world. Spread over 1.5 million square feet, IMG brings the awesome world of Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network to life. IMG Worlds of Adventure is made up of 4 thematic zones - Cartoon Network, Marvel Universe, Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard. Here, you can enjoy exhilarating rides such as the Velociraptor, scary and heart-racing experiences such as the Haunted Hotel or family-friendly attractions such as Lazy Town. IMG Dubai also has plenty of rides that are specifically designed for toddlers. Check out our guide on IMG Worlds of Adventure to learn more about this phenomenal theme park.

Best Time to Visit
November to March, weekdays
Recommended Duration
6 Hours

Top Things to Do in IMG Worlds of Adventure

  1. Engage in a 4D battle alongside the Avengers against Ultron in Avengers: Battle of Ultron. In fact, if you're a Marvel fan, make sure to take your time to explore the entirety of Marvel Zone
  2. Pay a visit to the Haunted House in IMG Boulevard for a walk with zombies and ghosts!
  3. Take a nostalgic trip with the Mojo Jojo's Robot Rampage, a thrilling Powerpuff Girls themed ride. It's located in the Cartoon Network Zone, which is bound to have something for both adults and children alike.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure Reviews

It was amazing everything was on point no hassle loved it will surely come again and recommend my family and friends to use headout app

- Mohsin, Headout, July 2022

Dubai never disappoints and neither did our visit to IMG Worlds of Adventure! It's a very nice place to escape the heat of Dubai for a day

- Ali, Headout, May 2022


Suitable for All Age Groups

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Dubai Parks & Resort Toddler-Friendly Dry Rides + Water Park

Brought to you by the most popular toy manufacturers in the world, LEGOLAND Dubai is the one of the most innovative theme parks in Dubai. Situated within the larger Dubai Parks and Resorts, LEGOLAND Dubai consists of a theme park and a water park. With over 40 fantastic rides, family-friendly attractions, and innovative play areas for kids, LEGOLAND is a special place. If you’re familiar with the magic of Legos, they’ll appreciate the fun and excitement of a park made entirely of giant Legos. As a part of Dubai Parks & Resorts, LEGOLAND Dubai is neighboured by Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Park. Check out our LEGOLAND Dubai guide to learn more about the LEGOLAND theme park and water park.

Best Time to Visit
November to March
Recommended Duration
6 Hours

Top Things to Do in LEGOLAND Dubai

  1. For children, a must-do is to get the LEGOLAND Driver's License! It's a fun activity designed to have children enjoy the thrill of driving. It is, of course, undeniably safe as they drive around in a safe electric toy car with a functioning steering wheel.
  2. For both children and adults at LEGOLAND Dubai, the Dragon Coaster will be a thrilling experience.
  3. Visit to the gigantic LEGO replica of notable buildings in Dubai, including the Burj Khalifa. Called Miniland, it's at the heart of LEGOLAND Dubai.
  4. A trip to LEGOLAND is incomplete without playing about with some LEGOs yourself; at Miniland, your children (and you!) have the luxury of using the LEGO blocks to bring your imagination to life!
  5. Take an informed Factory Tour, where they explain how the LEGO bricks are made, and take home a souvenir!

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LEGOLAND Dubai Reviews

All staff were lovely and friendly, the lego buildings were simply stunning! We enjoyed the rides that we went on and just had a really fun day out! Thank you

- Jane, Headout, April 2022

Nice park, not crowded at all. Advance reservation went very well, no line at all for us at entrance. And beter, because of reserving with headout we got a nice discount on our next tickets at the Burj Khaliffa!

- Frank, Headout, July 2022

#6 Motiongate Dubai

World's Fastest Spinning Rollercoaster

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Dubai Parks & Resort Hollywood Themed Themed Zones

One of the newest theme parks in Dubai, Motiongate Dubai opened on December 16, 2016 and is the largest Hollywood inspired theme park in the United Arab Emirates. Motiongate Dubai is the city’s latest push into becoming the entertainment capital of the world and is appropriately nicknamed “Hollywood in the desert”. The theme park is divided into four themed zones, inspired by Hollywood giants such as Sony’s Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, The Smurfs and Lionsgate. Together, they feature 27 rides and attractions that provide the ultimate cinematic experience for the whole family. From speeding roller coasters based on The Hunger Games to the Smurf Village Express, Motiongate Dubai has something for everyone. Go through our Motiongate Dubai guide to learn more about this amazing theme park in Dubai Parks n Resorts.

Best Time to Visit
September to March
Recommended Duration
6 Hours

Top Things to Do in Motiongate Dubai

  1. Make sure to take a ride on the John Wick, the 10-storey tall, fastest spinning rollercoaster in the world.
  2. Visit Studio Central to explore movies sets of New York City up close! You'll get a glimpse of what goes on behind-the-scenes and guided tours that will give you an insight into filmmaking.
  3. Catch the Step Up Dubai, All In!, a show filled with exhilirating beats and music, inspired by the iconic dance films.

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Motiongate Dubai Reviews

Really hot between outdoor rides but no queues. Less than 5 minute wait times. We'll maintained. Rides are sanitized between riders.

- Yasmine, Headout, July 2022

Liongate section - Roller coasters were out of box. Really enjoyed those. Dreamworld section was very nice both for adults as well as kids specially the Kungfu panda 3 D show, story of shrek, roller coaster in Madagascar, pendulum in How to train your dragon. Smurf Section was not worth it. Were thrilled to enjoy water ride in Columbia Section. Zombieland was closed.

- Titiksh, Headout, February 2022

HOT TIP: Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park are all theme parks located in the world's largest theme park destination in the Middle East - Dubai Parks and Resorts. If you plan your trip just right, you can cover all of these destinations in about 3 days! Read the Dubai Parks and Resorts guide to explore your options!

#7 Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

World's Fastest Roller Coaster - Formula Rossa

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Day Trip to Abu Dhabi World Record Roller Coaster

From rides that go faster than the average speeds of an F1 car round a track to tasting authentic Italian food, there is something for everyone at Ferrari World. You can race your friends in racing simulators with the most advanced feedback systems or go for a roller coaster ride with the tallest non-inverting loop. You can go for a historic, albeit virtual, tour of the historic Ferrari factory in Maranello or even learn how to fly. With so much of world class entertainment to experience, Ferrari World is a must for everyone visiting the United Arab Emirates. Over the years, Ferrari World has been awarded over 14 industry awards and accolades, including the World Travel Awards , heralding Ferrari World as the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction Award in 2015 as well as 2016. To get an in-depth look into Ferrari World, check out our Ferrari World guide.

Best Time to Visit
November to March
Recommended Duration
6 Hours

Top Things to Do in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

  1. Make sure to take a ride on the Formula Rossa, the fastest spinning rollercoaster in the world!
  2. Ride the Flying Aces, a spectacular rollercoaster where you'll ride a military bi-plane and go up to a height of 63 metres at a steep 51-degree inclination, at a speed of 121 kmph.
  3. Made in Maranello is an informative experience designed to take you through the process of how a Ferrari GT is built.
  4. You've come this far, so make sure to experience driving the iconic Ferrari around the Yas Marina Circuit! You'll need your driver's license on you, and you can have a go at driving the luxury sports car under the supervision of a trained instructor.

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Reviews

There aren't much games for adults but rossa, flying aces, and turbo track were more than enough!!! The place is very organized and feels like every centimeter has been very well planned. Headout has helped in making this experience unforgettable.

- Rama, Headout, May 2022

The complimentary shuttle service was an icing on the cake. The rides, arrangements and experience was too good. Loved it totally

- Hari, Headout, March 2022

#8 Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

One of World's Top 10 Waterparks

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Abu Dhabi Water Park World's Top 10

Yas Waterworld is widely regarded as one of the world’s top 10 water parks. Spread across 37 acres, it stands as one of the Middle East’s largest water parks and one of Dubai’s favourite attractions. It’s also home to the world’s first hydro-magnetic tornado waterslide, and the Middle East’s longest suspended rollercoaster! Here, you will be able to surf at the world’s largest surfable sheet wave, take the plunge down an epic Slither Slide and pass through wave tunnels on your way down, jump in a six-person water coaster that takes you on a wild ride over twists, turns, rapids, and drops, and, when you’ve tired yourself out from all the adrenaline, sit back, relax and float along the lazy river. From A-list celebrities to UAE locals, Yas Waterworld attracts and entices with its promise to give you the best water park experience you’ll ever get. Check out our guide on Yas Waterworld to learn more about this amazing waterpark.

Best Time to Visit
October to March
Recommended Duration
6 Hours

Top Things to Do in Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi

  1. CineSplash is a highlight of the waterpark; a 5D movie theatre that is literally an immersive experience! Make sure to check this out.
  2. Water Wars is an experience involving water fight with balloons! It's the suitable for all age groups and is perfect for family and friends alike.
  3. Slithers Slides is structure of winding slides in the form of 6 snakes, all thrilling to go on, each with it's own twist. Definitely one of the highlights of the waterpark!

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Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi Reviews

It was so amazing. I really loved it and loved the experience with headout. Definitely going to use it again and again and recommend it to friends. The customer service and help is really perfect. Thanks for making my experience amazing!

- Mohammed, Headout, May 2022

My kids has so much fun playing in the water. Headout had the best price compared to any other website and the customer support staff are very quick at responding to your queries.

- Milton, Headout, September 2020

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#9 Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

World's Largest Indoor Theme Park

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Abu Dhabi Family-Friendly Day Adventure

The Warner Bros. facility on Yas Island is designed to host 29 thrilling rides and live entertainment across 6 themed lands - Warner Bros. Plaza, Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch. This immersive indoor theme park is said to be one amongst the largest indoor theme parks around the world and is branded as a family friendly destination that caters to all age groups. With rides, shows and attractions for everyone, Warner Bros. World perfectly compliments the adventure destination theme of Yas Island, built alongside iconic attractions like the Ferrari World , Yas Waterworld and Yas Marina Circuit and the many other entertainment and leisure destinations the man made island has in the pipeline. Check out our guide on Warner Bros Abu Dhabi to learn more about the latest theme park in UAE.

Best Time to Visit
Anytime of the Year
Recommended Duration
4 Hours

Top Things to Do in Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi is infamous for it's rides, more than anything. With at least 29 rides, there's a lot of fun to be had, but here's a pick of the top rides at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi:

  1. Scarecrow Scare Raid: For the adrenaline rush
  2. Justice League: Warworld Attacks & Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey: For the DC Comic Fans
  3. Tom and Jerry: Swiss Cheese Spin & Fast and Furry-ous: For a trip down the memory lane
  4. Batman: Knight Flight, The Joker Funhouse & The Riddler Revolution: For the Batman fans
  5. The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure & The Jetsons Cosmic Orbiter: For the Hanna-Barbera fans

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Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Reviews

Second time visitng Warner Bros! Never thought travelling would be possible after Covid. Thanks Headout for making this happen.

- Kristopher, Headout, October 2020

I was in UAE for 2 weeks and this was one of the first places I had planned to visit! totally worth it! We got the tickets for a reasonable price and the safety regulations post lockdown was organised very well! Loved it!!

- Freda, Headout, September 2020

#10 Laguna Waterpark

Beachfront Waterpark, and one of World's Top 10 Waterparks

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Surf Park Beachfront Newest Waterpark

Dubai’s latest retail and leisure attractions La Mer just got more interesting with the opening of a beachfront waterpark called the Laguna Water Park. Head to this 4 zoned waterpark brimming with half a dozen flumes, slides and a whole lot of wet fun. Not to forget, the infinity pool and the Middle East’s first ever 180-degree surf park! Moreover, Laguna Water Park isn’t your run of the mill water park with just rides galore. There’s plenty to dine and shop right on the fringes of this beachside development. Make sure you make no second plans after Laguna Water Park because you will surely while away a good few hours window shopping and beachside chilling. Check out our guide on Laguna Waterpark to learn more about the latest water park in Dubai.

Best Time to Visit
Late February, Early October
Recommended Duration
8 Hours

Top Things to Do in Laguna Waterpark

  1. Laguna Waterpark's WaveOz 180 is one of the only three 180 degree surf simulators ever made! Can't catch waves? No problem! Here, you'll find a 187-feet wall-to-wall wave fun.
  2. Freefall, is exactly as it sounds! An enclosed glass capsule will drop you with no warning into a splashdown below.
  3. Not like your usual pool sides, the Constrictor is not for the faint of heart and is thrilling with it's winding turns and surprising optical illusions. The main highlight of this ride is centrifugal force keeping riders high on the wall for several rotations!

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Laguna Waterpark Reviews

Laguna Water park is perfect for an afternoon with kids. Most attractions are suitable for children and there is not too many people so waiting time for slides is belowe 3min. Recommended for family day out.

- Paulina, Headout, March 2022

Rides were amazing, meals were delicious and the best part for me was lazy river and pool. It would be great if park provide any special mini rides or any leisure activities for toddlers. Overall had a fantastic experience. ??

- Shabnam, Headout, November 2021

Tips For Visiting Theme Parks In Dubai

  • Arrive at the parks early to beat the crowd and get ample time to enjoy all the park's rides and attractions.
  • If possible, visit the parks on a weekday. It’s far less crowded than the weekends!
  • Buy a multi-park ticket to get the best savings. This is specially beneficial for Dubai Parks and Resorts theme parks.
  • Get your tickets online, ahead of time, to avoid long queues.
  • Make sure your phone and/or camera are adequately charged before entering the park.
  • Take snack breaks, especially for kids, and make sure everyone in your group stays hydrated.

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