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Hey everybody!

 

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Dubai Parks and Resorts (Motiongate, Legoland Dubai and Bollywood), this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPRs Park Index - Legoland Dubai or Motiongate

 

Legoland Dubai Official Website

Motiongate's Official Website

 

Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

 

--Robb

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2014

September 14th, 2014 - Initial Press Release from Meraas Holdings - see below

October 10th, 2014 - initial Riverwalk press release, entertainment and dining complex

October 15th, 2014 - original Legoland Dubai press release

October 20th, 2014 - original Motiongate press release

October 28th, 2014 - original press release for Lapita (park hotel)168

 

2015

May 22nd, 2015 - new info released on Motiongate's 27 rides/attractions

 

2016

May 30th, 2016 - Six Flags announced as fourth park in the complex

October 12th, 2016 - Sneak peak of Motiongate

December 22nd, 2016 - Motiongate Grand Opening

 

2019

February 15th, 2019 - Six Flags Dubai on hold as funding is withdrawn

 

2020

October 19th, 2020 - "John Wick" & "Now You See Me" themed coasters announced for 2021!

 

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Meraas Holdings has sent us a press release regarding Dubai Parks and Resorts, a new entertainment development for Dubai!

 

For those who want the short version

  • Construction began in February 2014
  • Phase I will be complete in 2016
  • Phase I will include 3 separate gated theme parks, a themed hotel and grand entrance plaza
  • LEGOLAND Dubai will bring the well-known LEGO brick to life in an interactive world specifically designed for children aged 2-12. The park will for the existing model of Legoland park with an iconic Miniland. A Legoland waterpark will also be included
  • Motiongate Dubai will have visitors enter through an area known as Studios Central. The park will be divided into four zones: DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures and Smurfs Village transporting visitors on a journey of discovery, bringing to life some of the most recognizable Hollywood characters from the big screen through 27 attraction including 5 roller coasters.
     
  • Bollywood Park 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. With 16 attractions, Bollywood Park will showcase Indian movies with themed lands dedicated to five of Mumbai’s major film studios. The Bollywood Boulevard entrance will feature dancers and street theater, while the 800-seat Raj Mahal theater will present a Broadway-style Bollywood show
  • Lapita - themed family hotel district featuring an array of retail, dining and entertainment options
  • Riverwalk - entrance plaza

 

Expected highlights of each Motiongate Zone

 

Lionsgate Zone - “Hunger Games” attractions (possibly a launched coaster) along with a themed retail store, "Step Up" live stage show with singing, dancing and acrobatics.

 

Sony Pictures Zone - New York City backlot, an ETF Ride Systems trackless dark ride based on the “Hotel Transylvania”, a white-water rapids ride, a drop tower and 3-D theater show with themes based on “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Green Hornet” and “Zombieland.”

 

Dreamworks Zone will feature attractions based on “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Madagascar,” including roller coasters, a motion simulator and a show in a 1,000-seat theater. The highlight of the themed land will be a “How to Train Your Dragon” interactive multimedia experience.

 

Smurfs VillageZone - family-friendly land will include play areas, character shows and a kiddie coaster.

 

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Meraas Holding Unveils Dubai Parks & Resorts

Phase 1 to Feature Three Theme Parks, Themed Family Hotel, Retail and Dining District

Slated to Open in 2016

 

07 September, 2014

 

Dubai-based development company Meraas Holding today unveiled the blueprint for Dubai Parks & Resorts project that is set to take shape in Jebel Ali.

 

Launched under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts has been designed as a mega leisure and entertainment destination to serve the regions that are within an eight hour flying distance from Dubai.

 

Dubai Parks & Resorts articulates Dubai's Tourism Vision 2020, which under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum sets the guidelines for Dubai to double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020, and increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector.

 

Since the announcement of the planned investment of AED10 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 of Dubai Parks & Resorts 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. We are confident our efforts will contribute to achieving the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and become the pride of our nation. 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 travelers and residents looking for a weekend or a weeklong getaway in a fun filled environment.

 

The World Travel and Tourism Council Economic Impact 2014 report reveals the total contribution of travel and tourism to the UAE's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013 was AED117.4 billion, equivalent to 8.4 percent of GDP. According to forecasts, the total contribution of travel and tourism to the UAE's GDP is projected to grow annually by 3.1 per cent and reach AED167.4 billion by 2024. A recent report by JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group has also revealed that Dubai registered a steady increase of hotel guests at a CAGR of eight percent from 2009 until 2013.

 

Meraas Holding is a Dubai-based real estate company with operations and assets in the UAE and overseas. The company operates with a mission to create integrated master-planned communities that embody global standards of sustainability and quality.

 

About Meraas Holding

Meraas Holding is a Dubai-based development company with operations and assets in the UAE and overseas. The company has established itself as a key innovator in UAE and follows a clear mandate to strengthen Dubai's global position. Through its portfolio of refreshingly innovative landmark concepts, Meraas aims to redefine industries across multiple sectors. Meraas has also forged collaborative relationships with key partners who will add value to its offering. The company has launched several projects in the tourism, retail, leisure and entertainment sectors.

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Another plan for an insanely huge park in Dubai? The sheer number of giant parks planned and parks completed in the U.A.E. still leave me quite speechless. Hopefully this one falls through successfully, because it looks neat.

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Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC has sent us a press release regarding the recent milestone in the construction of their mega-development in Dubai!

 

Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, today announced that Phase 1 of the multibillion dollar entertainment and leisure destination has made significant progress with the engagement of a number of world class contractors and consultants.

 

The development has been designed with the expertise of leading industry firms such as Rabben Herman, Gensler, HOK, RTKL, Forrec and Riva Creative. In addition, consultants including CH2M Hill and Samsung SDS have provided infrastructure design. The overall master plan has been approved by the relevant government authorities.

 

More than 1,500 personnel have been deployed to develop an initial area of approximately 25 million sq feet at Phase 1 of Dubai Parks & Resorts. The number of workers on site is expected to increase four-fold by 2015. With nearly 30 percent of the infrastructure development already complete, work on the power substation has registered 35 percent headway while excavation work for the district cooling facility has also commenced.

 

Program management firm Samsung C&T is overseeing the overall progress of the project to ensure its components adhere to scheduled timelines and budgets, while Kier Group is building the utilities component. ETA has been engaged for the power sub-station project and National Central Cooling Company PJSC (“Tabreed”) mandated to set up the district cooling facility.

 

Besix Orascom is responsible for the majority of the LEGOLAND® Dubai building works, Laing O’Rourke and Al Futtaim Carillion for a large part of Motiongate Dubai, and ARCO General Contracting EST for Bollywood Parks. Hill International has also been contracted to manage the production and installation of all shows and rides, and provide construction management consultancy services for Phase 1 of Dubai Parks & Resorts.

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, said: “A mega project such as Dubai Parks & Resorts requires partners that have a strong track record in developing and delivering leisure and entertainment concepts of this scale. Following a stringent bidding process we have selected consultants and contractors with whom we are working closely to deliver an entertainment experience that brings to life the UAE leadership’s vision of positioning Dubai as a leading global tourist destination.”

 

Launched under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Parks & Resorts has been designed as a mega leisure and entertainment destination to serve the regions that are within a four hour flying distance from Dubai.

 

Taking shape at Jebel Ali, the first phase of Dubai Parks & Resorts 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.

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Dubai Parks & Resorts has sent us a press release announcing details for their shopping and entertainment district called Riverpark, which will serve as the grand entrance plaza that leads to all three theme parks

 

Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, today announced plans for Riverpark, the grand entrance plaza that will interconnect the three theme parks defining phase one of the mega leisure and entertainment destination.

 

Spanning an area of 120,000 sq meters with a total built up area of 20,000 sq meters, Riverpark will provide residents and visitors with an innovative concept that integrates retail outlets, casual dining options, quick service restaurants, as well as varied indoor and outdoor entertainment offerings.

 

A one kilometer canal will flow through the development lined with cafés and retail outlets on either side. Water taxis will add to the attraction to help visitors navigate the destination.

 

A pathway around the canal and garden terraces are some of the added attractions at Riverpark. The plaza will also feature an expansive arena for hosting community events, street entertainment and a range of outdoor activities. A tram route and service roads around the plaza will facilitate easy commute.

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts, said: “With Dubai looking to double visitor numbers by the year 2020, we believe the innovative retail, entertainment, food and beverage options showcased at Dubai Parks & Resorts will give tourists several compelling reasons to visit the mega destination.

 

“Riverpark will serve as a central meeting point for visitors across the three themed amusement parks as well as guests to the Polynesian themed family hotel, Lapita. The precinct is sure to find resonance with visitors keen to sit back and unwind after an eventful day at the theme parks or to simply enjoy a fun evening with family and friends.”

 

Taking shape at Jebel Ali, the first phase of Dubai Parks & Resorts will, in addition to Riverpark, comprise three theme parks: motiongateTM Dubai, Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, and LEGOLAND® Dubai. The development will also feature Lapita, a family themed hotel.

 

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Dubai Parks and Resorts also sent us a press release announcing the inclusion of a Dreamworks-themed land at the motiongate Dubai theme park within the mega amusement complex.

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, has announced plans to develop a zone themed to DreamWorks Animation characters within motiongate™ Dubai, a Hollywood inspired theme park taking shape at Dubai’s newest leisure and entertainment destination.

 

Featuring DreamWorks Animation franchises, the zone will feature 12 engaging attractions and new-generation rides, as well as themed dining and retail outlets that provide unique experiences through the use of innovative media and creative storytelling.

 

motiongate™ Dubai will encompass a total of four million square feet and is anticipated to attract three million visitors a year. The theme park will host four zones with a total of 27 attractions, as well as a vibrant retail, dining and entertainment options across all areas.

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, said: “We are extremely proud of our alliance with DreamWorks Animation. Working with the studio has been a rewarding experience with its creativity serving as an inspiration for the overall planning of Dubai Parks and Resorts. The zone at motiongate™ Dubai will offer incredible up close and personal interactions for guests with DreamWorks Animation’s strong character portfolio that holds timeless appeal. The themed zone will also add an exhilarating dimension to Dubai’s tourism offerings and give one more reason for visitors around the world to include Dubai as must-visit holiday destination.”

 

Yoshi Maruyama, Head of Location Based Entertainment for DreamWorks Animation said: “We are thrilled to bring our popular characters and stories through immersive experiences to families in the Middle East.”

 

Phase 1 of Dubai Parks and Resorts will comprise three theme parks: motiongate™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, and LEGOLAND® Dubai. The development, scheduled for completion in 2016, will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel.

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts brings to life the leadership’s vision of positioning Dubai as a formidable global tourist destination. Strategically located in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the leisure and entertainment project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

 

Set to become the pride of the UAE, Dubai Parks and Resorts has been designed to offer new heights in experiential entertainment through an inspired concept that brings the best of the entertainment industry from both the East and the West.

 

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Dubai Parks and Resorts has sent us a press release announcing the first details for LEGOLAND Dubai!

 

Merlin Entertainments plc (‘Merlin’), Europe’s number one visitor attractions operator, today announced exciting plans for LEGOLAND® Dubai, the seventh LEGOLAND Park to open worldwide. The Park, which will be operated by Merlin, is being developed in conjunction with Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, a Meraas holding company. Scheduled to open in 2016, LEGOLAND Dubai will be the first LEGOLAND Park in the Middle East.

 

Located in Jebel Ali, LEGOLAND Dubai will cover a total of three million square feet and feature over 15,000 LEGO® model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks. This includes over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions – all set in six themed areas, some of which are already favourites - LEGO City, Adventure, LEGO Kingdom, Create, LEGO Factory, and the ever popular magical Miniland.

 

LEGOLAND Dubai will bring the well-known LEGO brick to life in a unique interactive world specifically designed for children aged 2-12, encouraging them to stretch their imaginations and their skills as the ‘heroes’ in a fun day spent together with friends and family.

 

Commenting, Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments plc, said: “We are delighted to be opening in Dubai and to be working with a partner as innovative and supportive as Dubai Parks & Resorts on this exciting new project. Dubai is the most important tourist centre in the Middle East and we believe that it is the ideal place for LEGOLAND. Not only is the LEGO concept already very popular here, but LEGOLAND’s unique appeal for families with younger children is universal, making it a must do visit not just for ‘local’ visitors from Dubai and neighbouring Middle Eastern states; but also tourists visiting the region from all over the world. Indeed, we have no doubt that LEGOLAND Dubai will add a whole new dimension to Dubai’s leisure scene.”

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, said: “We are excited to have one of the world’s leading global leisure operators join hands with us to enhance the entertainment and leisure offerings in Dubai and the wider region. Merlin Entertainments is globally respected by industry players and we are confident that LEGOLAND Dubai will add incredible value to the overall family entertainment experience at Dubai Parks & Resorts.”

 

In addition to LEGOLAND Dubai, the first phase of Dubai Parks & Resorts will also comprise MotiongateTM Dubai and Bollywood ParksTM Dubai. Set for completion in 2016, Phase 1 will also feature Riverpark, a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel.

 

Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited articulates Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 which, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sets the guidelines for Dubai to double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020, and increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC has sent us a new press release regarding their latest partnership for the motiongateTM Dubai theme park, this time with Sony Pictures.

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, today announced an agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products and International Merchandising, Promotion and Services (IMPS) to set up Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone at motiongateTM Dubai, a Hollywood inspired theme park taking shape at Dubai’s newest leisure and entertainment destination.

 

The Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone will contain 12 themed attractions inspired by popular Sony Pictures theatrical releases, including ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘The Green Hornet’, ‘Underworld’, ‘Zombieland’, in addition to hosting the world’s favorite little blue characters ‘The Smurfs’.

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, said: “motiongateTM Dubai has been designed to span a breath-taking four million square feet of Dubai Parks and Resorts and is anticipated to attract three million visitors annually. We welcome Sony Pictures’ and IMPS’s presence at motiongateTM Dubai. With their legacy of excellence in entertaining audiences, we are confident Sony Pictures and the Smurfs Zone will add an exhilarating new dimension to the Middle East’s entertainment landscape.”

 

Gregory Economos, Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Products, Sony Pictures Entertainment, said: “We are very excited to partner with Dubai Parks and Resorts to create compelling attractions that extend our most iconic brands into the themed attractions.”

 

Veronique Culliford, President, IMPS said: “The Smurfs have enjoyed a legacy of over 50 years. It will be thrilling to have the Smurfs Zone entertain children and adults in this new destination at motiongateTM Dubai.”

 

Featuring four unique zones, inclusive of the Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone, motiongateTM Dubai is set to take visitors on a cinematic journey of discovery, bringing to life some of the most recognizable Hollywood icons from the big screen. The park will leverage latest-in-technology attractions and new-generation rides to offer a distinctly unique, high-value entertainment experience.

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts unveiled the blueprint of the mega leisure and entertainment destination in September 2014. Phase-1 of the development will comprise Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and motiongateTM Dubai. Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza featuring a mélange of retail, dining and entertainment options. The project will also host Lapita Hotel, a themed family hotel. Strategically located in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Phase-1 of the mega project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts had sent us a press release regarding the inclusion of Bollywood ParksTM Dubai in their overall resort complex.

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, today announced details of the region’s debut Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, a first-of-its-kind entertainment destination that will showcase the authentic Indian movie experience in an interactive format.

 

Located in Jebel Ali, Bollywood ParksTM Dubai will cover a total of three million square feet. The destination will host 16 rides and attractions within five movie themed areas featuring content developed in partnership with Mumbai’s major film studios: Bollywood Film Studios, Mumbai Chowk, Hall Of Heroes, Regal Plaza and Rustic Ravine. Each zone will capture the kaleidoscope of color, emotion, music and visuals associated with Hindi films.

 

The experience will kick off at the entrance to the theme park on ‘Bollywood Boulevard’ where an ongoing site-wide live entertainment fixture combining dance performances, character interactions and street theatre will keep guests energized and engaged.

 

In addition to the themed zones, Bollywood ParksTM Dubai will offer a variety of retail outlets and themed restaurants integrating vibrant elements that are quintessential Bollywood.

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, said: “The cultural impact and appeal of Bollywood is universal with a global fan base of over three billion people. For the first time ever, a theme park in the region will recreate for residents and tourists the unparalleled glamour and extravagance of Bollywood on one stage. Here guests can live, learn, and immerse themselves in the delightful fantasy that they get to experience on the silver screen.”

 

Commenting on the creation of Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, Red Chillies Entertainments, which is owned by Shah Rukh Khan said: “The United Arab Emirates is a cultural potpourri. Not only non-resident Indians but Emiratis, Arabs and people from other Asian countries living here are ardent Bollywood fans. We are sure the theme park with its spectacular rides and attractions will successfully bring the Bollywood experience to life.”

 

Arbaaz Khan of Arbaaz Khan Production Pvt. Ltd. said, “The connection between the United Arab Emirates and Bollywood is without doubt, very strong. Hindi films are very popular with Arabs and thus this region serves as a vital market for Bollywood. I am proud that our blockbuster film Dabangg is being showcased here.”

 

On his part, Aamir Khan from Aamir Khan Productions Pvt. Ltd. said: “I am happy to be associated with Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, a first-of-its-kind endeavor to recreate the magic of Hindi cinema outside of Mumbai. The United Arab Emirates has always been a big market for Hindi films and I am sure the theme park will prove an instant hit with visitors.”

Rakesh Roshan, director-producer of FilmKRAFT Productions (India) Pvt. Ltd. said, “Over the years, I have been focusing on sci-fi films that have proved to be immensely popular with people of all ages. I am happy to see my film Krrish being recreated with stunning effects which will amaze visitors at Bollywood ParksTM Dubai.

 

Ritesh Sidhwani, Founder of Excel Entertainment said, “Bollywood ParksTM Dubai is an unique concept which will undoubtedly be a success with tourists and residents. With our films such as ROCK ON, DON(The Chase) and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara being featured, we aim to engage the audience with larger-than-life moments through the art of direction and performance.”

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC articulates Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 that aims to double annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020, and increase the overall economic contribution to the tourism sector.

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Of course Bollywood park would be of the least interest to me, since I don't follow Indian film, but it's a smart move to cater to local tastes.

 

I'd probably still visit when I get to Dubai, since I have enjoyed themed areas and parks in China, Japan and Europe even when not familiar with the characters and storylines.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC has sent us a press release about one of the resort's themed hotels, the Lapita Hotel.

 

Dubai-UAE: 28 October, 2014 - Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, has announced plans to develop a Polynesian-themed family hotel as a key component of Dubai Parks and Resorts project that is taking shape in the Jebel Ali area. Construction of Lapita Hotel commenced in February 2014, with the opening scheduled for 2016.

 

The 503-key Lapita Hotel will form part of the Autograph Collection, an exclusive ensemble of independent luxury hotels, within the Marriott International brand portfolio.

 

‘Lapita’ takes its name from the pre-historic Pacific Ocean people who were considered nautical experts and ancestors of the Polynesian race. Drawing inspiration from the exotic Polynesian tropical landscapes, Lapita will feature a dramatic façade and lush settings that fuel the imagination.

 

Commencing with the property’s expansive pathways sprinkled with the vivacious colors of Polynesian flowers, the brand experience will continue with the lagoon style pools, themed activities and dining options. An in-house entertainment component will serve as a key attraction for the young at heart. Lapita will also feature relaxation zones designed to provide unparalleled tranquility.

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: “Along with our operating partners, Marriott International, we have conceptualized a hotel that is certain to resonate with travelers and residents looking for a weekend or a weeklong getaway. With its unique components for the entire family, we are confident Lapita’s distinctive experience will set a new global benchmark in the hospitality domain. The property will particularly help us target visitors to Dubai Parks and Resorts and eventually contribute to the destination’s tourist footfall.”

 

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director of Marriott International, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are delighted to bring the much-anticipated Autograph Collection brand to the Middle East. We are confident that given the ambition, drive and commitment of our partners, Dubai Parks and Resorts will emerge as the premier theme park destination in the Middle East, and provide a perfect fit for our debut Autograph Collection hotel in the region.”

 

In addition to Lapita Hotel, the development will comprise Bollywood ParksTM Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and motiongateTM Dubai. Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza featuring a mélange of retail, dining and entertainment options. Strategically located in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the mega project is slated for completion in 2016.

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Dubai Parks and Resorts has sent us a press release announcing their partnership with Picsolve for all imaging at the new mega-entertainment complex.

 

Picsolve, the leading image capture partner for the leisure and entertainment industry, has been awarded a five year contract with Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC (under incorporation) to provide a fully connected photo and video experience at four new themed developments within Dubai Parks and Resorts.

 

With this project, Picsolve will deliver one of the world’s biggest photography integrations within a theme park to date, as Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC (under incorporation) develops motiongate™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, and Riverpark. The solution provided by Picsolve will involve a full range of digital, video and image capture solutions, allowing guests to enjoy a seamless and connected photo experience across attractions in the region.

 

Using Picsolve’s unique ‘Photo Tag’ and digital solution, guests will be able to ‘tag’ themselves or be tagged across experiences using a barcode, wristband or directly from the app. Guests can then purchase photos as part of an ‘all-inclusive’ package, taking advantage of a one-off cost for all experiences captured throughout their visit.

 

Experiences will include photo and video on rides, in sets, with characters, as well as unique computer aided experiences through Picsolve’s award-winning GSX technology platform. Additionally, roaming photographers will be on the ground at Riverpark to capture cherished moments. Photo gifts and branded photo books will be integrated at all four sites.

 

In support of this agreement, Picsolve is committed to expand its presence in the region and will have in excess of 300 employees by full rollout. Delivering the world class guest experience around photography will be a growing team of Picsolve retail professionals trained in a proprietary ‘Retail Academy Programme’ to ensure five star customer service.

 

Jeff Kelisky, CEO of Picsolve commented: “Dubai Parks and Resorts only collaborates with best-in-class partners, and given its ambition, we are honoured to be selected for such a high profile and prestigious project. The world of photography in the leisure sector is changing dramatically and our investments in the retail and digital space over the last two years enable us to deliver on the bold vision we share with the management of Dubai Parks and Resorts, for what is one of the biggest projects of its kind this decade. By deploying our most advanced digital solutions and retail expertise, we will allow guests to access all their images and get more from their visit in a connected experience through all the attractions.”

 

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC (under incorporation), said: “Dubai Parks and Resorts has partnered with Picsolve to offer to guests of the theme parks the most innovative photo and video image solutions. We are confident that with such world-class technology, visitors to our themed destinations will be able to create and take home memories that last a lifetime.”

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/lionsgate-partners-dubai-parks-resorts-110000008.html

 

LIONSGATE PARTNERS WITH DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS FOR THE HUNGER GAMES-INSPIRED THEME PARK ATTRACTIONS AT MOTIONGATE™ DUBAI

 

Hollywood-themed Park will also incorporate a Step Up-inspired live stage show and additional Lionsgate branded entertainment concepts

 

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its roll-out of location-based entertainment venues around the world, Lionsgate (LGF) is partnering with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring a Lionsgate zone to motiongate™ Dubai, the Hollywood-themed park opening in Dubai in October 2016.

 

The Lionsgate zone will feature state-of-the-art theme park attractions and a retail facility inspired by Lionsgate's global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise. It will also incorporate a live stage show based on Step Up: All In and Step Up: Revolution, the two most recent films in the Company's worldwide Step Up franchise.

 

"Our franchises are continuing to drive location-based entertainment opportunities around the world," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. "We're proud to partner with the team at Dubai Parks and Resorts to create a thrilling total entertainment experience designed to attract millions of new fans and continue the global expansion of our brands."

 

The four million square foot motiongate™ Dubai is anticipated to attract over three million visits a year and will take visitors on an immersive cinematic journey through their favorite films via 27 different latest-in-technology rides and attractions.

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts Chief Executive Officer Raed Al Nuaimi said, "We are thrilled to be working with a Hollywood studio whose creative resources, spirit of innovation and vision of the entertainment experience are so closely aligned with our own. Lionsgate's Hunger Games, Step Up and other signature properties are the perfect centerpiece for one of the most visionary new theme parks in the world. Through this partnership we are offering even more for the whole family to enjoy on their visit and are confident that motiongate™ Dubai will set a global benchmark as the ultimate movie themed destination."

 

"motiongate™ Dubai is poised to become one of the most exciting new entertainment destinations in the world, and we're thrilled that many of our biggest franchises will be an integral part of it," said Lionsgate Executive Vice President of Global Franchise Management and Strategic Partnerships Kerry Phelan and Senior Vice President of Branded Attractions Jenefer Brown. "The Lionsgate section of motiongate™ Dubai is an important milestone in our ongoing commitment to extend the longevity, broaden the global fan base and enrich the vitality of our most exciting entertainment properties."

 

Alongside motiongate™ Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts will include LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first LEGOLAND® theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind entertainment destination that will showcase the authentic Bollywood movie experience. These will be connected by Riverland, a retail, dining and entertainment walkway. The development will also feature Lapita, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families.

 

ABOUT DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS PJSC

 

Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC (DFM:DUBAIPARKS), will become the Middle East's largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination comprising three separate theme parks: motiongate™ Dubai, a Hollywood movie inspired theme park concept; LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first LEGOLAND® Dubai theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind entertainment destination that will showcase the authentic Bollywood movie experience. The development will also host Hotel Lapita, a four star themed hotel which will be managed by the Marriott Group, and Riverland a 220,000 square feet complementary and centrally located retail, dining and entertainment district connecting the three theme parks and hotel. Set to open in October 2016, the large-scale AED 10.5 billion project is spread across 25 million square feet of land strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road close to the Palm Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. 6.7 million visits are expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.

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I hope there's an awesome "Hunger Games of Skill" area where you can do all of the archery, knife throwing, axe combat, etc for stuffed animal prizes!

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