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Opening October 31, 2016


icon_STOPResort News - (10/13/16) A collection of more preview pictures of the Motiongate Dubai theme park were sent our way from the park itself. Check them out added to the thumbnails below.
    (10/12/16) Time to clear up a little confusion about the previously mentioned opening of Dubai Parks & Resorts at the end of the month. It turns out that not everything will be ready to open at that time… and that includes all three theme parks. According to a press release from Dubai Parks & Resorts only the following will be open on Oct. 31st:  LEGOLAND Dubai and the Riverland Dubai retail / dining area.
   Bollywood Parks Dubai, the LEGOLAND Water Park and the Lapita Hotel will open on November 15th.
   The Motiongate Dubai theme park will open on December 16th.
Oh… while we’re talking about Motiongate Dubai, an anonymous reader sent in some interesting behind the scenes photos they managed to grab inside the park over the summer of a few attractions while everything was still very much under construction. Check them out.

Baby Brent's Luncheonette


Hollywood Theatre


Madagascar Mad Pursuit

Smurfs Village Express

Smurfs Village

Studio Central

The Candy Apple

The Green Hornet, High Speed Chase

Zombieland Blast Off















   Meanwhile TravellerCzech has posted their own sneak peek images taken recently of the Riverland Dubai retail area and the outside of the Polynesian themed Lapita hotel.
    (9/21/16) The Riverland part of Dubai Parks & Resorts is now in the process of being filled at last, ahead of the resorts grand opening in late October. They've released a few new pictures of the Riverland showing off the buildings and water slowly filling up the river.

    (9/14/16) An insightful article posted to BlooLoop talks about the creative process that took place with the development of the Dubai Parks & Resorts project that will open a hotel, retail zone and three theme parks all at once next month: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Park Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai. The project has also broken ground on a 4th theme park as well this year to open in the future... Six Flags Dubai.
    Make the jump to give it a read, see some great pictures of the project and find some new details on a few specific park attractions.
    (9/8/16) According to this article at Attractions Management Triotech is making an interactive dark ride for Bollywood Dubai that will be based on "Sholay", a 1975 adventure film.
    Meanwhile another article described another one of the park's attractions as a 4D Flying Theater ride called Krrish: Hero's Flight, themed to the Bollywood film, Krrish about a masked superhero style character.
    (8/25/16) According to the latest word hitting the various news sites, Six Flags Dubai is being planned to become home to the world's biggest rollercoaster when it opens. If I had to guess, I wouldn't be surprised to find a slightly bigger / faster version of Six Flags' Kingda Ka coaster build here. Kingda Ka stands 456 feet tall and hits a top speed of 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. If they really wanted to push things they could try to break the Formula Rossa speed record of 149.1mph as well, but that might require a significantly taller structure.
    In other news, a big congratulations to John Hallenbeck who has been chosen to serve as the general manager overseeing the new Motiongate Dubai theme park. Hallenbeck's previous experience comes from a long history spent at the Universal theme parks as VP of Attractions at Universal Studios Singapore and before Director of Attractions at Universal Studios Florida plus time spent in rolls at Orlando's Islands of Adventure park as well as Universal Studios Japan.
    (8/15/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has announced that the multi-theme park complex will open for guests on October 31, 2016.
    (8/8/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has released an animated video showing off "All the Wonders of the Universe", the new official theme song of the resort and theme parks, created by Alan Menken. It clocks in at just over 8-minutes long, so settle in and give it a watch.

    (7/22/16) According to an article at BlooLoop, FORREC is acting as the Lead Design Consultant for the new Six Flags Dubai theme park project that just broke ground a couple of weeks ago. Follow the link to learn a bit more about the details of this new park development.
    (7/16/16) A little more information has been released about another Motiongate Dubai attraction, this one called Ghostbusters: Battle for New York.  The ride will feature trackless cars and take you on a ghost hunt through various locatiosn in New York which seems to be having a huge increase in supernatual activity. A great picture of the ECTO-1 themed ride cars was posted to twitter.

    (7/4/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has confirmed that they have officially broken ground for the new Six Flags Dubai theme park. This marks the official start of construction for "Phase 2" of the Dubai Parks & Resorts project, with a late 2019 opening date for the resorts 4th theme park.


    The park will feature 27 rides and attractions spread across six themed zones, the names of which will sound familiar to many US Six Flags fans: Thrillseeker Plaza, Magic Mountain, Fiesta Texas, Great Escape, Great Adventure and Great America. While the details are not ready for release, they say that the park will feature at least three world-record breaking rides in addition to 6 coasters, 4 "aerial attractions", a 350-meter River Rapids ride and 3 performance spaces for live entertainment.
    (6/28/16) The Smurfs have arrived to take up residence at Motiongate Dubai this week who released a little more details about the Smurf themed area of the park. "In total, there are five family-friendly rides and attractions including: Smurfs Studios Tour, an interactive ride which takes guests behind the scenes of the Smurfs movie set;smurfsarrive Smurfs Village Playhouse, a one-of-a-kind theatre show where kids can interact with an animated Smurf; SmurfBerry Factory, a soft-play area filled with foam Smurfberries; Woodland Play Park, an outdoor adventure play area and Smurf Village Express,the perfect first-time roller coaster for young ones. Finally, keep your eyes out for local residents Papa, Smurfette, Brainy and Vanity as they parade the village, spreading Smurfy cheers to fans while posing for keepsake photos."
    (6/16/16) More details about the attractions within the Bollywood Dubai theme park were released and can be found here. A few items of note: Guests will enter into Bollywood Boulevard which will give access to four other themed zones: Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and the Bollywood Film Studios. A highlight of the Mumbai Chowk area will be “Don: The Chase”, an effects ride that will bring the car-chase from the film to life. An area called “Lagaan corner” will look like a carnival with a ferris wheel and midway games, and will also feature an interactive ride called “Sholay The Hunt for Gabbar” where the riders will be able to fight the “bad guys”.
    (6/1/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has raised Dhs 1.68 billion in funds needed to develop their planned Six Flags Theme Park expansion, which they hope to have ready to open by the end of 2019.
    (5/23/16) When Motiongate Dubai opens this fall the Dreamworks area will include an indoor themed area to Shrek, which will allow guests to "Go Beyond The Screen" and celebrate Shrek's 15th Anniversary through a variety of experiences. "Now, for the first time fans will have the chance to visit Shrek’s Swamp and play the hero – be it journeying through two fun-filled rides, posing with the sword-bearing Puss in Boots, or indulging in some fine ogre fare at The Candy Apple."




    You can experience Shrek's Merry Fairy Tale Journey, an interactive ride that will retell the story of how Shrek meets Fiona for the first time, "reincarnated as puppets and animated figures". There are character meet and greet areas as you wander through Shrek's Swamp and the rest of the Land of Shrek. You can also dine in The Candy Apple, which will be Dubai's only full-service sit-down restaurant to serve British-American fare.
    (5/19/16) A new video showing off artwork of the proposed Six Flags Dubai park can be found over at Travellerczech this week.
    (5/7/16) A new video showing off Dubai Parks & Resorts footage about each of the theme parks was posted this week. I’m not sure how much of the footage is ‘new’, but it does cover quite a bit about the entire resort and three theme parks. We also get to see the Riverland dining, entertainment and retail area that will exist between the parks along with the Lapita resort hotel.
   One of these days I’d really like to visit this area of the world in person to see how things in Dubai really are with my own eyes after reporting on it for so long. It likely won't be anytime soon, as international travel isn’t in the budget right now (nor is a passport…), but hopefully one of these days.

    (5/5/16) A new piece of aerial concept artwork for Six Flags Dubai was released this week, showing off the design of the park, some of the likely major attractions and an new main gate concept for Six Flags. The entry of the park appears to be entirely indoor, where I believe they will likely also have a number of shops and food options, along with one coaster that runs around just outside entry plaza area. The press release does mention that the indoor promenade area will give guests direct access to three different attractions from inside the plaza.
    Inside the park, major attractions spotted include a pair of S&S style drop towers, what looks like a custom RMC style wooden coaster with inversions, a large Sky Screamer (Funtime Star Flyer), a S&S 4D Freespin coaster, as well as a copy of Mack's new innovative Power Splash water shuttle coaster concept, the first of which is just getting ready to open at Walibi Belgium as Pulsar.
    With some available indoor space you may be thinking that the park will likely get a Justice League: Battle for Metropolis attraction, but I don't believe this will be the case. There is the matter of WB using all their own DC Comic heroes and villains down the road in Abu Dhabi in their indoor Warner Bros. World park, which will likely prevent Six Flags from using the characters in the area. The press release does however promise that the park will feature a "next-generation 4-D interactive dark ride" of some kind however when it opens in 2019.
    (4/26/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has announced the details for their new Annual Pass program, with options to buy a pass to see everything, or individal passes to just Bollywood Parks, just Motiongate Dubai or just Legoland Dubai, or upgrades to each of the individual parks that will also get you into the Legoland Waterpark. You can see the details and prices here.
    (3/29/16) While Dubai Parks & Resorts is busy finishing up their huge 3-park resort project in time for an October opening, it seems this hasn't stopped them from already working out a deal to build a Phase 2 expansion. While the deal still has to be voted in by the shareholders in April, the proposed plan would then begin work on a $454 million expansion that will include a "Six Flags Dubai" theme park open as the project's 4th gate by late 2019.
    The timing for the expansion is also critical, as the Dubai Parks & Resort property is located very close to the planned location of the 2020 World Expo site in Duabi.


icon_STOPNew Theme Parks, Attractions and Resorts - (5/4/16) To date we really haven’t heard much about exactly what attractions will be included inside the new LEGOLAND Dubai theme park opening this fall. According to this article we know of at least one large ride that will be there… a copy of the chain’s popular “Lost Kingdom Adventure” interactive dark ride, taking riders on an adventure through the ruins of an Egyptian temple in search of the lost treasure of the Pharaoh. This will be placed in the “Adventure” section of the park.
    It is worth mentioning that the park’s official website is also now open which confirms that the park will have six lands and has confirmed a few attractions so far:
Factory - Park Entrance area, full of shops, but no attractions listed.

LEGO City - The Shipyard, Boating School, Driving School, Junior Driving School, LEGO City Airport, Rescue Academy, LEGO City Stage, Police Headquarters

Imagination - Kid Power Towers, LEGO Technic Twister, DUPLO Express, LEGO Studios 4D Theater, a Build & Test area, LEGO Masters Builder Academy, LEGO Mindstorms, DUPLO Playtown and LEGO Friends Clubhouse.

Kingdoms - Castle, The Dragon (coaster), Dragon’s Apprentice, Merlin’s Challenge, Merlin’s Flying Machines, Builders Guild, and the Castle Stage.

Adventure - Submarine Adventure, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Beetle Bounce, Wave Racers, The Secret Chamber of Amset-Ra and Pharoah’s Revenge.

Miniland - Explore Miniland, no other attractions here.

    (4/29/16) A fun new behind the scenes video all about Motiongate Dubai was posted last week, showing off more details, artwork, animation and construction footage of the park.

    (3/30/16) According to a press release Dubai Parks & Resorts has tapped The Producers Group to help bring the Bollywood action film "DABANGG" to life at the new Bollywood theme park.



    “Bringing the elaborate Dabangg movie stunts to a live show is a challenge requiring precise choreography of live actors with high-end gear, special effects and complex technical integration,” said Dubai Parks & Resorts Chief Technology Officer Matthew Priddy. “We selected The Producers Group because they have the technical skillset as well as the experience of keeping this kind of unique project moving with an international team on a tight schedule.”
    To be brutally honest, I get MotionGate, I get Legoland Dubai... but "Bollywood" is something I have no experience with at all. I guess I was always under the impression that all "Bollywood" films were some kind of musical productions, but based on the tailer for the first Dabang film (watch here) this definately looks more like a stylized action film... almost like an India made version of Robert Rodriguez' Desperado, with some choreographed musical scenes mixed in.
So what is Dabangg? According to the press release the first film came out in 2010 and they are currently working on Dabangg 3 at the moment, so this is a very current film series. The live stunt show will go into the park's Rustic Ravine zone.

    (3/23/16) MotionGate Dubai sent Screamscape a great new document with details all about the park's entire slate of 27 new rides and attractions to share with everyone. By the numbers, the park will feature the works of three different Hollywood studios: DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate, with 27 rides and attractions (including 5 coasters) divided into 5 themed zones.

    Zone: Studio Central (2 Live Entertainment Shows)
Opening Ceremony
- A daily song and dance production featuring favourite Hollywood characters to welcome guests into the park.
Backlot Crew - A roaming interactive show led by a quirky film director character and his comedic film crew.

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Sony Pictures Studios

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    Zone: Sony Pictures Studios (7 Attractions / 6 Live Entertainment Shows)
Hotel Transylvania
- A frenetic, fun dark ride inside the world’s only hotel for monsters.
Cloudy with a Change of Meatballs: River Expedition - A splashing water rapids family ride, where guests voyage through Swallow Falls aboard an inflatable raft.
Flint's Imagination Lab - An interactive and experimental play lab with larger than life foam food objects.
Zombieland: Blast Off - A 58m drop tower that blasts guests up, down and more!
Ghostbusters: Battle for New York - An interactive dark ride and shooting game where guests can shoot at various targets for points.
The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase - A fast-paced roller coaster that sends guests speeding through sharp turns and dizzying drops.
Underworld 4D - A multi-sensory experience with 4D theatre effects including seat vibration, air blasts, mist, wind and lighting effects.

Backlot Beat - A group of young artists dancing and singing the top hits of yesterday
and today.
Ghostbusters - The Ghostbusters as a singing, dancing boy band.
Hotel Transylvania - Count Dracula and his family of monsters perform song and dance numbers.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Curious young inventor Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks meet with fans.
The Green Hornet - The Green Hornet The Green Hornet and Kato share crime fighting tips with guests.
Underworld - Selene, the vampire heroine of the Underworld poses for photos.

    Zone: Smurfs Village (5 Attractions / 1 Live Entertainment Show)
Smurfs Studio Tour
- A family ride that takes guests behind the scenes of the Smurfs working studio.
Smurfs Village Playhouse - A live theatre show where guests can interact with animated Smurfs.
Smurfs Village Express - A family-friendly roller coaster journey through Smurfs Village. 
Woodland Play Park - An adventure playground with rope bridges, slides and mushroom- shaped houses.
Smurfberry Factory - An interactive soft play area with large foam Smurfberries.
The Smurfs - Character encounters with the colony of little blue friends.

    Zone: Dreamworks (12 Attractions / 4 Live Entertainment Shows)
Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey
- An interactive dark ride which revisits the story of how Shrek and Fiona met in a memorable way.
Swamp Celebration - A family ride where guests sit in a hollowed out log that glides and spins.
Madagascar Mad Pursuit - A white knuckle roller coaster ride that takes guests on a windy course filled with sharp turns.
Melman Go-Round - An animated carousel family ride featuring Madagascar characters.
Penguin Air - A family ride where guests ride on rotating hang glider aircrafts.
Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness - A 3D multi-sensory theatre experience with special theatre effects.
Mr. Ping’s Noodle Fling - A classic teacup ride, but in whimsical noodle bowls where guests can control how fast they spin.
Kung Fu Panda Academy - An interactive, live stage show, where participants can learn the art of kung fu from the masters.
Dragon Gliders - An exhilarating suspended roller coaster that soars high above.
Camp Viking - An interactive, adventure water play area for families with wet and dry areas.
Swinging Viking - A classic swinging ride on a Viking ship which glides back and forth.
Fountain of Dreams - A multi-media fountain with water and light displays which showcases some of DreamWorks’ favourite characters.
Shrek - Shrek, Fiona and friends meet and greet fans.
Madagascar: King Julien’s Side Show Café - King Julian and the characters from Madagascar put on a comedic show for diners.
Madagascar: King Julien’s Side Show Café - Captain Chantel DuBois entertains diners as she hunts the escaped Zoosters.
How To Train Your Dragon - A not-to-miss photo opportunity with a larger-than-life Toothless and his friends Astrid and Hiccup.

    Zone: Lionsgate (3 Attractions)
Capitol Bullet Train (The Hunger Games)
- An adrenaline-fuelled roller coaster experience which launches guests in all directions.
Panem Aerial Tour (Hunger Games) - An immersive 3D motion simulator where guests ride a soaring hovercraft.
Step Up Dubai, All In! - A high energy stage show featuring live hip hop dancers, pop singers and rappers.

    (2/12/16) A great video showing off the construction of the Dubai Parks & Resorts project is embedded below that will include Legoland Dubai, the Bollywood theme park and Motiongate Dubai theme park. The video shows off a lot of the construction site from all over the project, mixed with some concept art and model footage, comparing the plans with how it is being built. Later on, around the 4-minute mark, they even show off a little footage from inside the IMG Worlds of Adventure park as well.

One for thrill seekers. Two record breaking theme parks set to open soon in Dubai.

Posted by Today Tonight on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    (11/27/15) According to this report, construction on the Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and Bollywood theme parks are now over 50% complete and on track to open by October 2016. Meanwhile 71% of the project's struture work and 50% of the resort wide infrastructure is also said to be in place, which I'm assuming is the new hotel and Riverland retail and dining zone that will connect everything together like Universal's CityWalk does in Orlando.
    (11/16/15) A news article mentions that The Deluxe Group is helping make 5 different attractions for Motiongate Dubai and lists them as being involved with: Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbuster, The Green Hornet, Underworld and Zombieland.
    (11/12/15) A great video showing off the progress being made by Dubai Parks and Resorts on their mega-resort project that will contain three theme parks was posted this week by the company. In addition to interviews with the people involved and some current construction footage, it also contains some new animation footage that I had not seen before as well.

    (11/4/15) An interesting piece of concept artwork that appears as if it could be the Lionsgate themed land with a heavy Hunger Games theme to it for Motiongate Dubai was released by Lionsgate as part of an information package about their plans to develop Hunger Games theme parks elsewhere in the world.
    In another article, they describe the roller coaster as being themed as one of the high-speed trains that connects the Capitol to the Districts. It also described a "Star Tours" style simulator attraction that would take guests on a Hovercraft MotiongateDubai_HungerGamestour of the world of Panem.
    In other news, I'm told that the How To Train Your Dragon ride will actually not be a 3D theater, but instead be an inverted dark ride / powered coaster style attraction from Mack Rides just like the one they built at Europa Park themed to Arthur and the Invisibles. This area will also feature a Viking themed Swing Ship flat ride as well. Elsewhere in the Dreamworks zone, I'm told that the park's Shrek themed ride will be a trackless dark ride with extensive use of projection mapping for the visuals.
    (11/2/15) A few more details on some of the attractions going into Motiongate Dubai have been mentioned in this article. 3D theaters are being set up for attractions themed to Dreamwork's How to Train Your Dragon as well as Sony's Zombieland. It also sounds like the previously mentioned S&S tower ride (56m) will also be Zombieland themed and named Zombie Blast Off, which is only fitting as it was an actual S&S tower ride used in part of the film's theme park based finale. In the Motiongate version guests will enter an abandoned funhouse for the queue in an attempt to escape roaming Zombies, but the only way out is "straight up!"
    Another horror themed ride for the Sony Pictures land of the park will be a 4D attraction themed to the Underworld film series, allowing the guests to enter the supernatural battleground between Werewolves and Vampires.

    (10/7/15) According to this article, LEGOLAND Dubai has installed their first roller coaster on the new theme park property. This will be another version of the chain's popular "Dragon" family coaster concept, standing just 16 meters tall that starts with an indoor trip through several LEGO Castle themed rooms before venturing outside for the final wild run. This version of the Dragon comes from Zierer Rides and a couple of pictures can be found if you follow the link.
    (9/30/15) Some fun new concept artwork showing off the Motiongate Dubai theme park lands and attractions has been posted to Disney and More, along with a video as well.

    (9/17/15) Details about a new ride at Motiongate Dubai have been released this week, and it will be a new trackless dark ride experience themed to the Hotel Transylvania animated films, the second of which will hit theaters later this month.
   Guests in the Sony Pictures Studio zone of the park will cross the moat and enter the Hotel Transylvania castle and board 4 passenger trackless vehicles for a monster filled 7-minute trip. The various monsters are all getting ready for a surprise “Bon Voyage” party for Mavis. The area will also feature the Hotel Beastro, a 280-seat family restaurant that will also feature live character interactions.
   The latest summary of the park lists the five themed zones as beign themed to: DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Sony Picture Studios, Smurf’s Village and Studio Central, the later of which will serve as the entrance area to the park. Construction is about to ramp up for the final push, where they hope to have it ready to open by October 2016.
    (7/14/15) S&S Worldwide has announced that they have signed a deal to build and install a 16-seat Drop Tower ride for the new Motiongate Dubai theme park, now under construction in Dubai. They list the planned opening date for the park as October 2016. No more details regarding the specific height of the tower were given.
    (5/23/15) Good news for Dubai Parks & Resorts, as the local news reports that "key components" for the rides and attractions that will make up the three theme parks have started to arrive on site from Mack Rides, Gerstlauer, Dynamic Attractions, Zierer, ETF Ride Systems, Triotech, WhiteWater Attractions, Zamperla, Holovis, Simworx, S&S-Sansei and Concept 1900. The resort is currently on track to open by October 2016.
    (5/12/15) According to this report Dubai Parks and Resorts claims they are on track to open their resort by October 2016, with the goal of turning their first profits by 2018. According to this report they claim to have finished building 42% of the infrastructure. While it doesn't discuss the exact attractions coming to the three parks, the article does confirm attraction will be supplied by Mack Rides, ETF Ride Systems (known for their dark ride cars), Simworx, Zamperla, Dynamic Structures (confirmed to build a Flying Theater) and Gerstlauer.
    Meanwhile some great new aerial shots showing off the Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood and LEGOLAND Dubai theme parks can be found just added to ThemeparX this week.
    (4/29/15) The latest update to ThemeparX shows off what seems to be the start of construction on the LEGOLAND Dubai site, which is covered by about 6 tower cranes and lots of steel going up everywhere.
    (4/23/15) According to this article, when Legoland Dubai opens it will also feature a Legoland Waterpark area that will include a wave pool, lazy river and more. I'd expect it to be similar to the waterparks that have opened at several other Legoland parks in the past few years.
    (4/2/15) According to Screamscape sources, the area of Motiongate Dubai that will become themed to The Hunger Games was all previously designed and laid out without any IP attached to it and will feature a launched coaster. As such, The Hunger Games theme is now being layered onto this pre-existing design for the area, rather than having the land designed for the theme from the ground up. On the bright side... you'll soon be able to ride the world's first Hunger Games themed launched coaster apparently.
    (4/1/15) Variety reports that the new Motiongate Dubai theme park under construction will be the first theme park to offer a Hunger Games themed attraction as part of an entire Lionsgate themed zone. The only other attraction mentioned for the Lionsgate area was a live stage show themed to “Step Up: All In” and “Step Up: Revolution”.  Nope… I’m not making this up.
    (3/3/15) New construction pictures from the Dubai Parks site have been posted to ThemeparX this week, as large structures are now going up quickly on-site, as well as an assortment of tall cranes on site where the Legoland park will go.
    (12/3/14) I missed this announcement previously, but it seems that Dubai Parks and Resorts has selected Parques Reunidos as the “operator” for two of their planned theme parks, Motiongate Dubai and the Bollywood Park. While Parques Reunidos is an experienced international operator, I do have to scratch my head a little, as their success with the park’s they now run in North America has been somewhat hit and miss. With Merlin keeping the operation of the LEGOLAND park under their control, I’m a bit surprised that Dubai Parks & Resorts didn’t just hire Merlin to run the other two parks as well.
    (11/27/14) A brief video from a construction tour of the Dubai Parks & Resorts project site was posted online this week, as a group of media was taken in for a closer look at the project. They also mention that the current project will only occupy 25 million sqft of the overall 85 million sqft of property and that Meraas, the primary company behind Dubai Parks & Resorts, also has an agreement signed with Six Flags to possibly build a theme park in the area, that could serve as a Phase 2 addition down the line.

    (11/12/14) The government-owned parent company behind Dubai Parks & Resorts, Meraas investment group, has announced a planned IPO to sell $689 million in company shares between Nov. 17-30 to help fund the $2.9 billion amusement resort complex.
    (11/3/14) The latest news released from Dubai Parks and Resorts shows off the concept artwork for the Lapita Hotel, a 503-room Polynesian themed family hotel project which started construction back in February 2014 and should be ready to open in 2016.
    More details about LEGOLAND Dubai have also been revealed, which will be focused on children ages 2-12, just as the other LEGOLAND parks are. When it opens in 2016 the park will feature six different themed lands (LEGO City, Adventure, LEGO Kingdom, Create, LEGO Factory and Miniland) and over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions.


    (10/23/14) Dubai Resorts & Parks has sent us our first look at the concept artwork for Bollywood Parks Dubai. This will be a first of its kind park, showcasing an authentic Indian movie style experience. The park 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.


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Bollywood Boulevard

Rustic Ravine

Mumbai Chowk

    (10/22/14) ThemeparX has posted a look at the on-site progress made so far on the Dubai Parks & Resort project.
    (10/21/14) The latest statement from Dubai Parks & Resorts is that they have signed an agreement with Sony Pictures to set up an official “Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone” at the Motiongate Dubai theme park. The combined area will feature 12 themed attractions inspired by Sony films such as Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, The Green Hornet, Underworld, Zombieland and of course… The Smurfs.
    (10/10/14) According to a new press release, Dubai Parks & Resorts movie studio themed park (Motiongate Dubai) will have a “zone” themed to DreamWorks Animation characters that will feature “12 engaging attractions and new-generation rides”. The entire park itself will feature four separate themed zones, with a total of 27 attractions.

    (10/9/14) The latest press release from the Dubai Parks & Resorts project focuses on Riverpark, a highly themed and exciting looking retail and dining experience zone that will also serve as the entrance plaza for the three separate theme parks in much the same fashion that CityWalk connects the parks and resorts at Universal Orlando.
    Riverpark will take up a 120,000 square meter area full of an assortment of retail outlets, quick service restaurants, casual dining spots, as well as an assortment of both indoor and outdoor entertainment options, while a 1 kilometer long water canal will flow through it all, with the developments on either side of the waterway, which will also be traveled by Water Taxis. The area will also be home to Lapita, a Polynesian themed family resort hotel.


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    A huge assortment of concept art pieces were also sent, showing off the various themes and look of the Riverpark area, which simply looks fantastic.
    (9/18/14) Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, has confirmed some milestones have been met for the Phase 1 construction of the new theme park resort property. 1,500 workers are currently working on the project, with that number expected to increase to 6,000 by 2015. Currently nearly 30% of the infrastructure is complete, and the power substation is 35% complete. (See the new pictures below)
    (9/8/14) Screamscape was sent a couple of great images showing off the Phase 1 development of the Dubai Parks & Resorts project which will feature three theme parks, a themed family hotel as well as a retail and dining district. Construction on the site started back in February 2014 and is slated to open to the public in 2016.
    This was all part of the big unveiling from Dubai-based development company, Meraas Holding. “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.”
    The Phase 1 theme parks will be LEGOLAND Dubai, Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai, along with the Lapita family themed hotel and Riverpark which will serve as an entrance place and location for the on-site retail and dining area.
    LEGOLAND Dubai will be the first LEGOLAND park in the middle-east, and 7th Legoland branded park in the world. Bollywood Parks Dubai will serve as the world’s first theme park dedicated solely to the Indian film industry and Motiongate Dubai is described as featuring four themed zones to transport guests on “a journey of discover, brining 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.”
    On a related note, ThemeparX has a nice collection of aerial images showing off the Dubai Parks & Resort project site as well taken earlier this year where you can see Phase 1 ground-work already in the works.   
    (3/6/14) Screamscape sources tell us that grading and early foundation work for the new Legoland Dubai theme park is already under way.
    (3/5/14) According to this article, Merlin has confirmed that they will move forward with their plans to build Legoland Dubai, hoping to open the park in 2016.




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