Plans unveiled for new $2.8 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts theme park

Posted: 05-Mar-16 13:18

Dubai has revealed plans to build a $2.8 billion theme park complex spanning nine and a half square miles. The Dubai Parks and Resorts project has developed the park of all parks, which will have more than 100 attractions including a "Hunger Games"-themed section, a water park, a park based on Legoland, and a Taj Mahal-inspired theatre.

Plans unveiled for new $2.8 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts theme park

Dubai looks set to have one of the biggest theme parks in the world, after it unveiled plans for its new $2.8 billion theme park.

The Dubai Parks and Resorts project will have more than 100 attractions for all ages including Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai, Motiongate™ Dubai, a waterpark, a Hunger Games-themed section, and a Taj Mahal-inspired theatre. There will be a Riverpark located between the three theme parks, offering retail, dining, and entertainment options.

Philip Shepherd an analyst for PricewaterhouseCoopers who has carried out feasibility studies on the new theme park explained:

"Apart from small ones like Ferrari World and a few waterparks, nothing really exists in the region at all. If you just look at the number of people coming into Dubai, the opportunity to access the European market on one side and the Asian market on the other side… it's an untapped opportunity."

Spanning over 9.5 square miles, the new theme park will have a red dragon built from 230,000 Lego bricks that will be used as a roller-coaster; a "Smurfs village" in the movie-themed park; live hip-hop show based on the "Step-Up" films; and Bollywood parks.

Many attractions will be inside so visitors can escape the soaring heat, and 1.2 million shrubs and plants will be planted along the paths of the air-conditioned queues. Dubai Parks and Resorts will employ hundreds of costumed characters, rappers, and acrobatic trampoline artists to entertain visitors throughout their visit.

Jason Ramsburg, the park's Director of Live Entertainment, commented:

"What we are doing is truthfully extraordinary. We have over 400 performers and really high-quality brands with the best of the best in the world."

Scheduled to open in October this year, the theme park will be located southwest of downtown Dubai in the deserts off the main highway that links Dubai to neighbouring emirate Abu Dhabi.

The complex will also be home to the 503-rooom Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel. The hotel's name is taken from the pre-historic Pacific Ocean people who were regarded as nautical experts. The design of the luxury hotel is inspired by exotic Polynesian tropical landscapes, and facilities will include lagoon-style swimming pools, gourmet restaurants, an in-house entertainment area, and tranquil relaxation zones.

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