Dubai theme parks: assemble!

Key components have arrived and are being assembled for Legoland, Motiongate and Bollywood theme parks

Dubai parks press conference
Dubai parks press conference

Rides are now being assembled for Legoland, film-based Motiongate and Bollywood theme park, Dubai Parks and Resorts has announced.

Rollercoaster tracks, immersion tunnels, drop towers, flying theatres, round rides are just a few of the attractions being built for the parks, all managed by Hill International, who is overseeing the overall attraction construction management.

After the ride components are shipped to Dubai and assembled onsite, each attraction will undergo a stringent series of tests to ensure the attractions are safe according to international industry standards.

Matthew Priddy, chief technical officer of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: "This project is unlike any other we have ever worked on. We are not just building one unforgettable experience, but multiple unforgettable experiences that will serve as pillars to the region's tourism sector for decades to come.

"We have the best teams in the world working on this project. Every attraction will not only deliver an amazing and unique guest experience but also unquestionable safety."

The landmark development will be comprised of three theme parks - motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai, together with LEGOLAND Water Park.

The theme park hub will also include Riverland Dubai, a themed retail, dining, and entertainment experience, along with Lapita, a Polynesian-themed family resort.

Last month, Dubai Parks and Resorts revealed that it has partnered with Lionsgate to bring The Hunger Games and Step Up themed attractions to its motiongate Dubai park.

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: "We look forward to offering our visitors an exciting variety of more than 100 unforgettable attractions and experiences. As the largest entertainment destination in the region, Dubai Parks and Resorts will support the UAE's tourism vision and serve as a key step towards reaching the country's visitor targets."

The numbers

Opening: October 2016
Estimated cost: 2.85 billion
Gross area: 25 million square feet of land.
Tickets: 6.7 million ticketed visits are expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.

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