Operator chosen for two Dubai theme parks
Parques Reunidos appointed to run motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai
Dubai Parks and Resorts, a Meraas Holding company, has appointed Parques Reunidos as park operator for two theme parks planned for the emirate.
A deal to run motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai will marks Parques Reunidos' foray into the Middle East and was announced on the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London.
Parques Reunidos is an international Madrid-based entertainment operator that manages 54 theme and amusement parks, water parks, zoological and marine life parks around the world, primarily across Europe and the US.
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: "We have partnered with the best in the business to run these themed destination parks. Parques Reunidos has years of expertise in global theme park operations that we hope to leverage to recreate the glory and splendor of Hollywood and Bollywood movies in an interactive form to enthrall visitors."
Yann Caillère, CEO of Parques Reunidos, added: "We are very pleased to join hands with Dubai Parks and Resorts and oversee the operations at its unique evolving theme based entertainment destinations. The Middle East region offers exciting prospects for the leisure and entertainment industry, and we have been planning our regional foray for some time now.
"Dubai Parks and Resorts is the perfect partner for this new phase Parques Reunidos begins in the Middle East. As our first venture in the Middle East, Dubai Parks and Resorts holds a special place in our hearts and is an important step in our phased expansion strategy into growing markets."
Featuring four unique zones, motiongate Dubai is set to take visitors on a cinematic journey of discovery, bringing to life some of the most recognizable Hollywood icons from the big screen.
The park is spread across an area of four million sq ft within Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Bollywood Parks Dubai is spread over a total area of three million square feet and will host five movie themed areas featuring content developed in partnership with Mumbai's major film studios.
Dubai Parks and Resorts unveiled the blueprint of the mega leisure and entertainment destination in September. The development will comprise Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and motiongate Dubai.
The project will also host Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel which will be operated by Marriott International as part of its Autograph Collection. Located in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the mega project is slated for completion in 2016.