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Everything you need to know about Riverland Dubai – Top rides, reviews & more

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Riverland is sometimes described as the gateway to Dubai Parks & Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park destination. However, it is more than just that. Constructed around a one kilometer long manmade waterway, Riverland is divided into four zones that come together brilliantly to form a unique environment of fun, food, music, celebration and entertainment. These are the French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate, and The Peninsula.

A dedicated dining and retail destination, Riverland Dubai is home to over 50 cafes, restaurants and shops. Situated in Dubai Parks & Resorts, Riverland is spread across 234,000 square feet and offers its visitors a unique environment to relax, enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner or simply take a break.

The 4 unique zones (more about them below) are spread along the winding river and are connected via bridges and riverside pedestrian paths. Riverland promises to not only take you on a wonderful culinary and shopping experience, but also on a journey through time.

Entering Riverland Dubai

Situated within Dubai Parks & Resorts and connecting each theme park, Riverland is the go-to relaxation zone for everyone visiting the park. However, entering Riverland does not require a ticket. All 4 zones of Riverland Dubai are open to public and are free of cost.

Riverland Dubai Zones

The 4 distinct zones of Riverland Dubai are dedicated to some of the most important eras in the world’s past. Each themed zone has been carefully constructed and bears a striking resemblance to the era it is designed to reflect.

Riverland Dubai Timings

  • Open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM
  • All restaurants are open from 12 PM to 10 PM
  • Souvenir shop is open from 4 PM to 10 PM

Dining in Riverland Dubai

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Nachos & Pop Stand

Indulge your taste buds at Riverland Dubai's Nachos & Pop Stand, where the irresistible combination of crispy nachos and buttery popcorn awaits. Satisfy your cravings with this perfect snack duo!

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Slushies Stand

Quench your thirst at Riverland Dubai's Slushies Stand. Beat the heat with vibrant, icy delights as you explore this Instagrammable haven. Sip on refreshing slushies for the coolest stroll in Dubai!

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Bakers Corner Hut

Bakers Corner Hut at Riverland Dubai promises a sensory delight with its hot, yum, and fresh offerings. Step into a world of delectable treats, where each bite is a flavor-packed experience.

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Waffles & Churros Hut

Savor the sweet moments at Riverland Dubai with the Waffles & Churros Hut. Treat yourself to a delightful experience as you bite into the warm, crispy perfection of waffles and churros.

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At Chikadees in Riverland Dubai, enjoy lip-smacking, deep-fried delights. From greasy fingers to crispy fries and 'slaw on the side, savor the ultimate love for fried chicken at Chikadees!

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Viva Ristorante

Savor the essence of Italy at Viva Ristorante in Riverland Dubai. From delectable pasta and pizza to savory meats, indulge in authentic flavors inspired by Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.

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TGI Fridays

Experience the essence of American dining at TGI Fridays in Riverland Dubai. Indulge in authentic flavors, iconic drinks, and genuine hospitality, embodying the timeless spirit of "Friday" in every delightful moment.

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Emirati Seafood Restaurant

Discover a culinary voyage at Riverland Dubai's Emirati Seafood Restaurant. Immerse yourself in a blend of traditional elegance and delectable flavors, as timeless recipes bring the rich heritage of Emirati seafood to life.

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Bol Gappa

This Bollywood-themed restaurant offers a fresh take on Indian fusion cooking. A contemporary restaurant, Bol Gappa’s menu is a delicious fusion of western flavours and eastern spices.

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McDonald's doesn’t need an introduction. Take a break and enjoy the best fries and coke at McDonald’s, Riverland Dubai. The restaurant is equipped with the latest interactive technology systems that make dining a fun experience.

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Getting to Riverland Dubai

Riverland Dubai is located within the Dubai Parks and Resorts in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Palm Jebel Ali.

By car
It’s a relatively easy ride to Riverland Dubai. From downtown Dubai, the trip is around 40 minutes. Head south of Sheikh Zayed Road. Drive past Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali and you will see Dubai Parks and Resorts on the left.

Via public transport
Take the red metro line south all the way to the last station, Jebel Ali. From there, you will have to take a taxi the rest of the way - which should only take you about 15 minutes.

From Dubai International Airport
Head south on E11, also known as Sheikh Zayed Road, towards Abu Dhabi. It’s just a straight shot from there, past Dubai Marina and Jebel Ali. You will see Dubai Parks and Resorts on your left. The trip takes around 45 minutes with low traffic, or close to an hour if there is heavy traffic.

From Al Maktoum International Airport
Riverland is only 20 minutes away from this Al Maktoum. Take the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road south and turn right towards E11. Take another right, towards Dubai. Dubai Parks and Resorts will appear almost immediately on the right side of the road.

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