True or False: “When I’m at a theme park, I work my way around all the rides so quickly that I get bored and wish there were two separate resorts to keep me occupied.”
Answer: Irrelevant, because Dubai Parks and Resorts went ahead and did it anyway, opening three theme parks in one giant resort as well as a water park, hotel and retail outlet across 25 million square feet.
Perhaps you’ve holidayed in Dubai or spent a few hours in a hotel there during a layover. Well, that’s not good enough. The emirate city is hoping you might stay a little longer now that they’re building a $2.8 billion theme park of truly epic proportions.
There will be a Motion Gate theme park – a 45,000 square meter theme park in a box – where you can meet all your favourite film characters from DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, and Lionsgate across 27 rides.
The world’s first theme park dedicated to all things Bollywood is also arriving, with live entertainment celebrating Mumbai’s film industry in five zones, including the 850-seat Rajmahal Theatre.
Next up is the world’s seventh LEGOLAND, and the first in the Middle East – at 32 hectares of family fun, it’ll bring over 60 million LEGO bricks to the park with interactive games and attractions in six themed areas.
Their website states that “Our vision for Dubai Parks and Resorts is that it will become a premier year-round global entertainment destination, catering to a wide variety of visitor segments from the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and globally by offering world-class and varied attractions based on an exclusive portfolio of globally-recognised licenced brands.”
Despite the huge scale of the project, it is predicted to be complete by October 2016, and they’re already estimating 6.7 million visitors in 2017.
They hope that this will rapidly increase to 20 million visitors by 2020, placing Dubai as a tourist hotspot all year long.
In a sneak-peek video of the resort, Chief Technical Officer Matthew Priddy says, “Well, as you know Dubai is all about world records. We are attempting our own world record. We are attempting to do something that nobody else has ever done before.”
Just make sure to agree on a meeting point before you head in.