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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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.
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.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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