The design of a five million-square-foot theme park in Dubailand has yet to be finalised but is set to become an “integral” part of the vast tourist attraction, its CEO said yesterday.
Tatweer, Dubailand’s parent company, has signed an agreement with US theme park company Six Flags to build parks across the region, including its first in the region in Dubai, as previously reported. The deal represents the first time the New York-based company has developed outside of North America.
Mohammed Al Habbai, CEO of Dubailand, speaking to Emirates Business, said: “Six Flags is specialised in its field and, of course, we are very proud to have them on board. We have finalised the investment but we are not ready to release the [cost] figure yet. We are now working with the Six Flags on the design of the theme park.
“The theme park will be an integral part of the 24 projects that make up the first phase of the Dubailand master plan.” The park will join previously-announced projects at Dubailand, including Bawadi, The Tiger Woods Dubai, Universal Studios Dubailand, DreamWorks Animation Park, Hit Entertainment and Global Village. Additionally, projects currently under way include Motor City, City of Arabia, Falcon City, Al Barari and Sports City.
Six Flags will oversee the master plan for its theme park with Tatweer, based on its experience, which includes the the development, ownership and management of 21 parks across North America. The project is expected to break ground in 2009.
Saeed Al Muntafiq, Executive Chairman of Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding, said: “The addition of Six Flags, one of the world’s most reputed leisure and entertainment companies, to our burgeoning portfolio complements Dubailand’s valued proposition as an unrivalled tourism destination.
It is a privilege for Tatweer to be selected by Six Flags as its regional partner and Dubailand as the destination to host the first Six Flags theme park outside of North America.”
Mark Shapiro, President and CEO of Six Flags, said: “This is a historic day for our company. Expanding Six Flags beyond our current North American borders validates the growing strength and momentum of our brand.
Through this partnership with Tatweer, we now have the opportunity to create a theme park destination that will allow guests from around the globe to experience Six Flags’ combination of thrills and entertainment.”
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