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22 April 2024

Sheikh Mohammed inspects work at Dubai Parks and Resorts

By Wam

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has inspected the finishing touches at LEGOLAND and Riverland Dubai at the Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest joint theme park destination in the Middle East.

The two parks will be opened to the public in the next two days.

The project is spread across 30 million square feet of land, strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is close to the Expo 2020 location.

The Dh13 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts development is set to become the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination. In addition to LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Water Park, the resort will feature two additional theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood movie inspired theme park concept, and Bollywood Parks Dubai, a first-of-its-kind entertainment destination that will showcase the authentic Bollywood movie experience.

The destination will also host a Polynesian-themed hotel, and Riverland Dubai, a centrally located district of 220,000 square feet of leasable retail, dining and entertainment space connecting the three theme parks, water park and hotel.

HH said the cultural and tourist landmark would elevate the UAE's position as a regional and global family entertainment and tourism destination.

''This national cultural achievement will add new building blocks to the structure of development and progress of the UAE,'' HH added.

Sheikh Mohammed began his tour at the French village at Riverland Dubai, the gateway to Dubai Parks and Resorts, where he viewed the medieval French town and historic architecture of Europe from the late 1600’s, as well as visited towers, water wheels and alleyways.

Riverland Dubai has four themed zones that offer a glimpse into some of the greatest eras of the past – from 1950s America at The Boardwalk to medieval France at The French Village, colonial India at India Gate and the 19th century themed Peninsula.

HH then proceeded to LEGOLAND Dubai, where Raed Kajour Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, described the creation of the largest world-class leisure and entertainment destination in the Middle East and North Africa, from design to construction.

LEGOLAND Dubai is designed for families with children aged 2-12 and will feature over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions, along with 15,000 LEGO model structures made from over 60 million LEGO bricks.

Al Nuaimi said construction began in March 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, becoming the region's first world-class integrated resort, cultural and entertainment destination for UAE citizens, expatriate residents, holiday makers and visitors to the UAE and Expo 2020.

Sheikh Mohammed also visited Bollywood Parks Dubai, the first park of its kind, which includes five zones inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbusters, and Motiongate Dubai, the region's largest immersive Hollywood-inspired theme park.

Later, HH inspected work at Six Flags Dubai, the first branded theme park in the region. Planned to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be the fourth theme park at the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination and will include 27 rides and attractions for all ages across six themed zones, including Thrillseeker Plaza, Magic Mountain, Fiesta Texas, Great Escape, Great Adventure, and Great America, as well as a Polynesian themed family hotel.

By 2020, Dubai is projected to welcome 20 million tourists annually, which will boost efforts aimed at diversifying the sources of the nation’s revenues.