Guide to Illusion City Dubai: Timings, Tickets & More

Guide to Illusion City Dubai: Timings, Tickets & More

Hey there, museum explorers! Ever heard of Illusion City Dubai? It's the freshest addition to Dubai's museum scene, and trust us, it's a real treat! Picture this: a whole museum dedicated to mind-bending optical illusions. Yup, you heard it right! It's like stepping into a world of puzzles and quirky pictures, perfect for snapping some Insta-worthy shots with your pals. So, if you're up for some fun and adventure, let's dive into Illusion City Dubai together!


Located on Bluewaters Island, Illusion City Dubai offers an exciting blend of imagination and reality. Dive into a world of interactive exhibits featuring optical, auditory, and tactile illusions. From cool holograms to rooms where furniture sticks to the ceiling, every part of this museum is meant to surprise and excite you.

It's perfect for everyone, whether you're young or old. You'll be amazed by the mind-bending illusions around every corner. Even if you've been to other museums like this before, don't worry! Illusion City Dubai has plenty of surprises in store. While you may recognize a few illusions, many of the exhibits here are one-of-a-kind. They've been specially made, often by hand, just for this museum, and you won't find them anywhere else in the world. So, get ready for a whole new experience at Illusion City Dubai!

Planning Your Visit to Illusion City Dubai

How to get to Illusion City Dubai?

By Metro & Bus:

  • Take the Red line towards JBR from stations like Emirates Towers or Ibn Battuta.
  • Disembark at Jebel Ali Metro Station and proceed to Jebel Ali Metro Bus Stop Landside.
  • Board bus F57 to Bluewaters Island 1 stop.
  • Follow signs for Illusion City Dubai upon arrival.

By Water Taxi:

  • Take the Dubai Metro Red line to DMCC Metro Station.
  • Walk to Dubai Marina Mall Marine Transport Station (approximately 15 minutes).
  • Board water taxi BM3 to Bluewaters Marine Transport Station.
  • Follow signs for Illusion City Dubai upon arrival.

 Please visit for detailed public transportation schedules.

By Car:

  • Take Sheikh Zayed Road/E11, especially if coming from Downtown Dubai.
  • Head towards Jebel Ali and take exit 29 after passing Dubai Marina Mall.
  • Follow signs to Bluewaters Island.
  • Utilize Google Maps for a preview of the entire route.
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Museum Timings:

Opening Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Public Holidays: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • School Holidays: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

*Note: The last entrance is permitted 45 minutes before closing time.

Ticket Purchase Options:

  • Tickets are available on-site without prior booking.
  • Book specific time slots below for your convenience.

Estimated Waiting Times:

  • General: 0 to 5 minutes
  • Saturday and Sunday mornings: minimum 5 minutes
  • Saturday and Sunday afternoons: minimum 15 minutes
  • Public holidays: minimum 15 minutes
  • School holidays: minimum 15 minutes

Ticket Prices:

  • Adult: AED 75
  • Teacher (with teacher's card): AED 60
  • Child under 18 years old: AED 60
  • Child under 7 years old: Free (1 free child per adult)
  • Nanny: AED 60

Contact Details:

Location: EC011, The Wharf Mall, Bluewaters Island, Dubai

Phone: +971 (0)4 529 7880 (Also available on Whatsapp)


Things to see and do on Bluewaters Island

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds, the inaugural establishment of its kind in the Middle East, is situated in the central area of Bluewaters Island. Visitors of all ages can delve into themed zones to discover their beloved celebrities and interact with global personalities spanning sports, politics, fashion, media, and entertainment. From Justin Bieber and Kylie Jenner to Vin Diesel and beyond, the attraction boasts a diverse array of international stars. Additionally, guests can encounter regional icons such as Emirati-Yemeni music sensation Balqees Fathi and Lebanese vocalist Nancy Ajram.

The Pods

If you're seeking an opulent private dining affair, look no further than The Pods. These transparent cocoons offer an exclusive dining experience, shielding you from the elements while allowing you to enjoy the ambiance of the outdoors. Adorned with botanical-themed decor, the setting exudes an al fresco atmosphere. Indulge in a delectable array of Pan Asian cuisine, featuring comforting dishes like Malaysian beef rendang, Burmese khow suey noodle soup, dim sum, soups, and a variety of other tantalizing options.


Tr88house indoor play emporium offers a wide range of activities to keep kids entertained. From interactive play zones to gourmet food options, there's something for everyone here. Younger children can navigate through multi-story mazes and ball pits in the Munchkin Monster soft play area, while older kids can enjoy the trampoline park, laser tag, or glow-in-the-dark mini golf. Colorful character shows further enhance the excitement of the experience.

Brass Monkey

Brass Monkey is a vibrant entertainment spot spread across two floors, offering endless fun for all. With a strict 21+ age policy, the venue boasts a 12-lane bowling alley, VR racing simulators, and over 60 arcade games. Test your skills against friends in classic games like Pac-Man, basketball hoops, and air hockey. With a Play Pass Card available for just AED100, you can dive into the excitement. Plus, these cards never expire, allowing you to use any remaining credit during your next visit.

The London Project

Among the myriad dining options on Bluewaters Island, The London Project stands out as a perennial favorite. Upon stepping inside, guests are greeted with an impressive collection of commissioned artworks to admire, while the in-house podcast studio offers insights into community discussions. And that's just the beginning! Delve into the diverse menu, showcasing the best of 'London Eclectic' cuisine, with standout dishes including lime and chili squid, beef croquettes, and classic battered fish and chips.

Demon Duck by Alvin Leung

Renowned chef Alvin Leung, recipient of Michelin stars for his London and Hong Kong eateries, brings his distinctive Asian culinary creations to Dubai. At Demon Duck, located in Banyan Tree Dubai, diners embark on a gastronomic voyage through the Far East, with innovative interpretations of Cantonese, Malaysian, and Korean favorites. Indulge in the Duck Journey experience to savor standout dishes such as slow-roasted Peking duck accompanied by citrus calamansi baos, duck lettuce wraps, and a signature soup.

Cove Beach

Located within the Caesars Palace Hotel, The Cove Beach is a modern beach club that provides a tranquil retreat from the bustling city streets. Featuring sunbeds, an outdoor pool, and a jacuzzi, it offers all the amenities necessary for relaxation. Additionally, guests can enjoy dining options and a lounge area, along with live music and special deals for ladies. Complimentary beach towels are also provided for guests' convenience.

Banyan Tree Dubai

Experience luxury like never before at Banyan Tree Dubai, where your ultimate relaxation awaits. This lavish retreat offers everything you need to refresh your mind, body, and soul, from its expansive 500-meter private beach to its holistic spa. With 179 rooms, including 30 suites, a magnificent 10-bedroom villa, and 96 private residences, you're spoiled for choice. Dive into three outdoor swimming pools, stay fit at the fitness center, pamper yourself at the beauty salon, or indulge in some retail therapy at the natural products and local handicrafts retail space. And when it comes to dining, prepare for a culinary journey like no other. Savor exquisite Japanese omakase delights at Takahisa, featured in the prestigious 2023 Michelin Guide Dubai, or enjoy French Mediterranean cuisine at the poolside eatery, Alizee.

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