Meraas Holding reveals blueprint for new resort project in Jebel Ali

Posted on 8th September 2014

According to news reports in ConstructionWeekOnline.com, Dubai-based development company Meraas Holding has unveiled the blueprint for Dubai Parks & Resorts project that is set to take shape in Jebel Ali. The development has been designed as a mega leisure and entertainment destination to serve the regions that are within an eight hour flying distance from Dubai.

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Since the announcement of the planned investment of AED 10 billion (US$ 2.7 billion) in 2012, Meraas Holding has made substantial progress towards finalizing key components and partnerships with global movie studios, construction partners and world class theme park operators for the delivery of Dubai Parks & Resorts.

The first phase will comprise three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai. The development will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza, and Lapita, a family themed hotel. The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2016. Ground work commenced on site in February 2014.

Raed Al Nuami has been appointed CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, the newly formed Meraas subsidiary. Earlier, he was chief leisure and entertainment officer at Meraas. His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, chairman of Meraas Holding, said: “Meraas is committed to developing new concepts to build Dubai’s position as one of the world’s great new cities. Dubai Parks & Resorts has been designed as the first of its kind entertainment destination that simultaneously opens the gates of three theme parks. “The project will feature leading intellectual properties from elite industry players to create leisure and entertainment concepts that are expected to draw more than five million residents and tourists annually. At Meraas, we are excited to signal the start of an ambitious destination that is anticipated to generate thousands of new jobs as an international entertainment hub.”

Motiongate Dubai will feature four unique zones and transport visitors on a journey of discovery, bringing to life some of the most recognizable Hollywood characters from the big screen. The park will use the latest-in-technology attractions and new-generation rides to offer a distinctly unique, high-value entertainment experience.

Billed as the first theme park in the world dedicated solely to the Indian film industry, Bollywood Parks Dubai will provide a physical location for fans from across the globe to visit and celebrate the biggest names of Indian cinema and its very colorful canvas. As the first LEGOLAND park in the Middle East and the seventh worldwide, LEGOLAND Dubai will bring the well-known LEGO brick to life in an interactive world specifically designed for children aged 2-12. Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza district featuring an array of retail, dining and entertainment options.

Complementing the overall experience at Dubai Parks & Resorts is Lapita, a themed family hotel will cater to travellers and residents looking for a weekend or a weeklong getaway in a fun filled environment.

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