IMG theme park rides by year-end
Work at IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park in City of Arabia, Dubailand, is steadily progressing with the developer set to receive the first rides before end of the year.
“With the structural columns in place, we have entered a new phase of development. IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of the most anticipated developments in the region offering a number of world firsts which will position Dubai and the UAE on the global map as a themed entertainment capital,” an Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group official said.
Off-site ride manufacturing is currently on at various vendor sites with the facility having a maximum capacity of 20,000 people.
IMG Group, the developer of a theme park, had told Emirates 24|7 in May that they were on track to open their entertainment facility by end-2013.
The IMG entertainment facility comprises four zones, which include Marvel Adventure, Cartoon Network, The Lost Valley and IMG Entertainment Zone.
The overall individual zoned entertainment destination will be in excess of 1.5 million square feet in its first stage and will be the largest temperature controlled indoor entertainment destination in the world.
The 350,000-square-feet Marvel Zone will include retail outlets, dining facilities and a range of interactive entertainment experiences featuring many of Marvel’s super hero icons including Spider-Man and Avengers such as The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Thor.
The Cartoon Network Zone spread across 200,000 square feet will feature the Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, and LazyTown. It will also feature world’s largest Ben 10 retail store and the first ever Ben 10 5D ride, along with branded restaurants and other branded immersive experiences.
In the past few years, a number of Dubai government companies have announced plans to build theme parks with Meraas Holding stating in November last year of its plan to open the phase one of the Dh10-billion entertainment and leisure development in Jebel Ali, which will include five theme parks based on movies and characters from Hollywood and Bollywood movies, in 2014.
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