Dubai: From arcade games to robots selling ice cream, Modhesh World has come a long way since 2004

A trip down memory lane reveals how much the play-area has changed


Nasreen Abdulla

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Published: Tue 12 Jul 2022, 9:22 AM

Last updated: Tue 12 Jul 2022, 11:05 AM

From a fun place for kids with just merry go rounds and inflatable bouncy castles to becoming a premiere play area with target shooting and robots serving ice creams, Modhesh World has come a long way since its inception in 2004. Khaleej Times takes a trip down memory lane to see how much the beloved children’s play area has changed.


Starting off as Modhesh Fun City, the indoor theme park hosted a studio, a cinema hall and lots of activities for children. It catered to children of all ages and proved to be one of the biggest attractions of the Dubai Summer Surprises.


As its popularity grew, Modhesh Fun City returned with more attractions. In 2005, it was spread over 14,000 square metres at the Dubai World Trade Centre and was based on the theme of a circus with colourful canopies. It also had inflated bouncy castles and arcade games among other attractions.


Modhesh Fun City moved from the DWTC to a new location in Dubai Airport Expo. The edition was complete with arcade games, skill games and fun rides.


By the year 2010, Modhesh Fun City had been rebranded to Modhesh World and had returned to the DWTC. There was a special store dedicated solely to sell souvenirs of Modhesh including plushies, keychains and more.


As the years went by and Modhesh World got bigger and better, one thing remained constant- Modhesh and his appeal for children. Since the launch of Dubai Summer Surprises, mascot Modhesh has been a dear friend to kids all over the city.


This year Modhesh World returns to its home place in Dubai World Trade Centre with better than ever attractions. From a snow fight area to target shooting to Zorb balls, there is something for everyone. However, one of the coolest features is the robot Icealice that sells ice creams.


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