Final touches given to US$ 4 bn Dubai Parks and Resorts

Posted on 31st October 2016

Final touches are being given to the Dh13-billion ($3.53 billion) leisure and entertainment destination, Dubai Parks and Resorts, ahead of its opening on October 31.

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Spread across 30 million sq ft of land, it is poised to become the Middle East’s largest multi-themed destination. It is strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and close to the Expo 2020 site.

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, inspected the work at Legoland and Riverland Dubai ahead of its launch, reported the state news agency Wam.

In addition to Legoland and Legoland Water Park, the resort will feature two additional theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood movie inspired theme park concept, and Bollywood Parks Dubai, a first-of-its-kind entertainment destination that will showcase the authentic Indian movie experience, said the report.

The destination will also host a Polynesian-themed hotel, and Riverland Dubai, a centrally located district of 220,000 sq ft of leasable retail, dining and entertainment space connecting the three theme parks, water park and hotel.

While touring the leisure destination, Sheikh Mohammed said the cultural and tourist landmark would elevate the UAE's position as a regional and global family entertainment and tourism destination.

''This national cultural achievement will add new building blocks to the structure of development and progress of the UAE,'' he added.

Sheikh Mohammed began his tour at the French village at Riverland Dubai, the gateway to Dubai Parks and Resorts, where he viewed the medieval French town and historic architecture of Europe from the late 1600s, as well as visited towers, water wheels and alleyways, said the report.

Riverland Dubai has four themed zones that offer a glimpse into some of the greatest eras of the past – from 1950s America at The Boardwalk to medieval France at The French Village, colonial India at India Gate and the 19th century-themed Peninsula.

The Dubai ruler then proceeded to Legoland Dubai, where Raed Kajour Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, gave details on the largest world-class leisure and entertainment destination in the Middle East and North Africa, from design to construction, stated the report.

Legoland Dubai is designed for families with children aged 2-12 and will feature over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions, along with 15,000 Lego model structures made from over 60 million Lego bricks, according to Tradearabia news report.

Sheikh Mohammed also visited Bollywood Parks Dubai, the first park of its kind, which includes five zones inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbusters, and Motiongate Dubai, the region's largest immersive Hollywood-inspired theme park, according to the report.

Later, he inspected work at Six Flags Dubai, the first branded theme park in the region, which is due to open in late 2019, it added.

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