IMG Worlds of Legends, new amusement park to open in Dubai

Posted: 12-Dec-16 10:15

Never one to shy away from "bigger and better", Dubai will soon be home to an enormous new amusement park, IMG Worlds of Legends. The park is slated to be one-third larger than IMG's Worlds of Adventures, currently the world's largest indoor amusement park. The upcoming park will feature such well-known branded attractions as Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, and Barbie.

IMG Worlds of Legends, new amusement park to open in Dubai

Dubai, a city known for its larger-than-life buildings and attractions, is planning yet another amusement park. The new park, to be named IMG Worlds of Legends, will be an enormous property, spreading across more than 2 million square feet.

The new amusement park is the work of the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group, which opened IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai in August of this year. Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest indoor amusement park and cost $1 billion to build. The park stretches over the area of 28 football fields and is home to the fastest and tallest roller coaster in the emirate—the Velociraptor.

Worlds of Legends will be constructed adjacent to the first park. The two parks will be connected via sky bridge. Developers anticipate offering a “park hopper” pass so that visitors can experience both parks.

Developers say that the Worlds of Legends will consist of nine zones, seven of which will be licensed from Mattel, Viacom, and Ubisoft. The park’s attractions will include numerous well-known characters, such as Barbie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spongebob Squarepants, and Dora the Explorer.

In addition to those internationally known brands, the park’s remaining two zones will be devoted to IMG’s own brands—the Lost Valley dinosaur zone and the Legends of Arabia, which will be the first Middle East-themed amusement park in the world.

Though details of the upcoming park are still being worked out among developers, Lennard Otto, chief executive of IMG Worlds, believes that the park will likely open in 2020. With its 2020 Vision, Dubai hopes to attract 20 million visitors to the city, and the developers of Worlds of Legends would like to capitalize on the tourism initiative.

With its man-made islands and the world’s tallest building, Dubai itself may seem like one enormous amusement park. But the city is actually home to numerous remarkable parks. In addition to the IMG Worlds properties, the city is home to Aquaventure Dubai, the world’s largest water park. For those who prefer colder climes, Ski Dubai Snowpark is the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and largest indoor ski slope in the world. 


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