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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.

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.

The French Village

Riverland Dubai The French Village

The French Village, with its cobbled pathways and stone bridges, will remind you of 16th century Dijon, in France. The village has a central “town square” with a working water wheel across the river. As you walk along the winding paths in between olive trees and structured buildings, you will be accompanied by the sound of classical French music as well.

The restaurants in the French Village reflect a European theme as well. Must try in the French Village are bakeries Le Pain Quotidien and Pascal Tepper and the American-Italian restaurant Olive Garden.


Riverland Dubai Boardwalk

Leading up to Motiongate, Boardwalk has been designed to reflect the urban American landscape of the 1950s. Decorated with neon signs, Boardwalk will remind you of the era in which Elvis Presley was worshipped. Boardwalk is famous for it’s casual diner-style eateries and live entertainment. The interiors of these outlets reflect the 1950s as well.

The restaurants in Boardwalk are primarily dedicated to the quintessential American taste. Popular outlets include Shake Shack, Super Chix and Tortilla. For those with a sweet tooth, do check out ice cream parlour Ella’s Creamery, and Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory.

India Gate

Riverland Dubai India Gate

Situated near the entrance to Bollywood Park, India Gate is designed to reflect the vibrancy of India in the 1920s. The buildings have been meticulously constructed to resemble this era of India history. The centerpiece of the zone is a giant statue showcasing 4 henna-decorated arms. India Gate is famous for it's restaurants that highlight the cuisine of Southern Asia.

The restaurants in India Gate reflect a predominantly South Asian theme. Must try in India Gate are contemporary Indian cuisine at Bol Gappa, emirati seafood at A Mashawa and Chinese stir fry at Wok Chi.

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The Peninsula

Riverland Dubai

Situated in the heart of Riverland, The Peninsula’s design resembles that of the industrial 19th century England. Popular for it’s waterside restaurants and being the only licensed zone in Riverland, The Peninsula is also home to a huge central plaza that regularly hosts festivals.

The most popular venues in The Peninsula are The Irish Village and the Japanese restaurant Katsuya By Starck. Also remember to check out the Big Chef and Ecco Pizzas and Pasta.

Riverland Dubai Timings

Sat to Wed: 10:00am - 11:00pm
Thu to Fri: 10:00am - 12:00pm

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.


General Parking is 20 AED and it is free of charge after 6:30 pm

Dining and Shopping in Riverland Dubai

The French Village



1. Pascal Tepper

2. Giraffe

3. The Bagel Bar & Coffee House

4. McDonald's

5. Olive Garden

6. Starbucks

7. Le Pain Quotidien

8. Leopold's



1. Boots

2. I <3 Dubai

3. Gallery One

4. Wired Up

5. Havaianas




1. Coffee Club

2. Super Chix Chicken & Custard

3. Tortilla

4. Ella’s Creamery

5. Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory

6. Galito’s Flame Grilled Chicken

7. Famous Dave’s

8. Shake Shack

9. 800 degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria



1. Etisalat

2. Tarsam Image

3. Sun Eye

India Gate



1. Costa Coffee

2. Al Mashawa

3. Barbecue Delights

4. Bol Gappa

5. Haru Robatayaki

6. Jamba Juice

7. Wok Chi

8. Shrimpy



1.  Maharaja Gifts and Souvenirs

2.  Feet First

The Peninsula



1. Ecco Pizza & Pasta

2. Katsuya by Starck

3. The Irish Village

4. Big Chef

Available Facilities




Drinking Fountains


First Aid Station


Strollers (available for rent)





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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