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10 December 2023

First look at Dubai theme parks [video]

By Parag Deulgaonkar

Work will soon gather pace on Legoland Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and motiongate Dubai – the three theme parks - that are all set to open in October 2016.

On September 16, 2015, officials of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the developer of the theme park destination, unveiled details of the new ‘Hotel Transylvania’ attraction at a press conference.

Dubai Parks unveils new ride in Motiongate theme park

During the event, the first look of the various theme parks and their rides and attractions were revealed as well.

Speaking to 'Emirates24|7', company’s Chief Destination Management Officer Vinit Shah said currently over 11,000 workers are on the site with the numbers set to increase following the end of the mid-day break rule.

He disclosed that the ground infrastructure was complete with works on the sub-station and district cooling plant ongoing and expected to be completed by early 2016.

Besides, a road network connecting the park with Abu Dhabi will be finished by August 2016.

Below are elements of the destination.

Motiongate Dubai

A Hollywood-inspired theme park, bringing entertainment from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate.

There are five themed zones with 27 attractions spread across four million square feet of land.

Parques Reunidos Servicios Centrales will operate the park.

Legoland Dubai

Spread across 3.2 million square feet, it will have six themed zones with 40 attractions.

Merlin Entertainments Plc will operate it.

Bollywood Parks Dubai

It will be a Bollywood-inspired entertainment destination. Spread across 2.1 million square feet, it will have five themed zones with 16 attractions, which will be operated by Parques Reunidos Servicios Centrales.


A Polynesian-themed family hotel with 503 keys and will include amenities such as multiple pools, spa, business centre and lazy river.

The Marriott Group will operate it.

Riverland Dubai

It will be the grand entrance plaza that will interconnect the three theme parks. It will have 220,000 square feet of leasable space and four themed zones: French Village, Boardwalk, India Gate and The Peninsula.

It will also have a one-kilometer canal flowing through the development.

Legoland Water Park

The water park will have over 20 attractions, with more than 70 unique Lego models.

It is aimed at children aged 2 to 12 and will be operated by Merlin Entertainments Plc.