Dubai Parks and Resorts

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Dubai Parks and Resorts is the Middle East’s largest integrated leisure and theme park destination located on Sheikh Zayed road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Spread over 25 million square feet,[1] it features more than 100 rides and attractions, and consists of three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai[2] and Legoland Dubai,[3] and one water park: Legoland Water Park.[4] It also encompasses Riverland Dubai,[5] a themed retail and dining destination, as well as the Polynesian-themed family resort, Lapita Hotel Dubai.[6]

The official opening took place on 18 December 2016.

Six Flags Dubai will be the fourth theme park addition to Dubai Parks and Resorts and will open its doors in late 2019 with an additional 27 rides and attractions, and growing the destination to cover 30.6 million square feet.[7]

In 2018, the company announced it had made a loss of $302 million in 2017.[8]

Development history[edit]

The Dubai Parks and Resorts project was announced in 2012 and construction started in 2014.[9]

In 2014, the Company signed agreements with DreamWorks Animation,[10] Columbia Pictures,[11] Merlin Entertainments and various Bollywood studies to bring beloved Hollywood and Bollywood characters to its theme parks.

In 2015, Dubai Parks and Resorts signed an agreement with Lionsgate,[12] for a fifth themed zone in Motiongate Dubai. In 2016, the Company announced the commencement of construction for Six Flags Dubai, the fourth theme park to be added to the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination.[13]

In 2016 Dubai Parks and Resorts released its official theme song, All the Wonders of the Universe, created by Academy Award winner Alan Menken.[14]

In 31 October 2016, Dubai Parks and Resorts opened the doors to Legoland Dubai and Riverland Dubai.[15] This followed by the opening of Bollywood Parks Dubai on 17 November 2016 [16] and Motiongate Dubai on 16 December 2016. The official inauguration was held on 18 December 2016, an event that was broadcast live across the globe.[17]

In 2017, the remaining elements of Dubai Parks and Resorts launched when both the Legoland Water Park and the Lapita Hotel opened to paying guests on 2 January. Later in the year, DXB Entertainments announced a 60:40 partnership with Merlin Entertainments to bring a 250 room Lego themed hotel to the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination.[18]

Timeline[edit]

2012:

  • Dubai Parks and Resorts project announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of Dubai.[19]

2014:

  • Groundbreaking starts on the Dubai Parks and Resorts project in Jebel Ali, Dubai[20]
  • Agreements signed with leading entertainment properties DreamWorks, Columbia Pictures, Merlin Entertainments (Legoland) and various Bollywood studios[21]

2015:

  • Agreement signed with Lionsgate for the fifth zone at Motiongate Dubai[22]

2016:

  • Company announces the addition of Six Flags Dubai to the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination, due to open in late 2019[23]
  • Legoland Dubai opens to the public on 31 October 2016[15]
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai opens to the public on 17 November 2016[24]
  • Motiongate Dubai opens to the public on 16 December 2016[25]

2017:

  • Legoland Water Park opens to the public on 10 January 2017[26]
  • Lapita Hotel opens to the public on 2 January 2017[27]
  • The Company announces a joint partnership with Merlin Entertainments to bring a Lego themed hotel to the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website".
  2. ^ "Bollywood Parks Dubai".
  3. ^ "LEGOLAND Dubai".
  4. ^ "LEGOLAND Water Park".
  5. ^ "Riverland Dubai".
  6. ^ "Lapita Hotel".
  7. ^ "Six Flags".
  8. ^ "Losses increase at Dubai Parks and Resorts". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  9. ^ "Dubai Parks and Resorts project start".
  10. ^ "DreamWorks Animation at Dubai Parks and Resorts".
  11. ^ "Columbia Pictures".
  12. ^ "Lionsgate at Dubai Parks and Resorts".
  13. ^ "Six Flags commencement".
  14. ^ "Dubai Parks and Resorts Song".
  15. ^ a b "LEGOLAND Dubai Grand Opening".
  16. ^ "Bollywood Parks Dubai Grand Opening".
  17. ^ "Dubai Parks and Resorts Grand Opening".
  18. ^ "First Legoland Hotel in Middle East to open in Dubai". The National. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  19. ^ "Commencement announcement".
  20. ^ "Groundbreaking commencement".
  21. ^ "Dubai Parks and Resorts theme parks".
  22. ^ "Agreement with Lionsgate".
  23. ^ "Addition of Six Flags".
  24. ^ "Opening of Bollywood Parks Dubai".
  25. ^ "Opening of MOTIONGATE Dubai".
  26. ^ "LEGOLAND Water Park opens".
  27. ^ "Lapita Hotel Opening".
  28. ^ "Merlin Entertainments Partnership".

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