Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) and Merlin Entertainments plc (‘Merlin’) have revealed plans for LEGOLAND Water Park, the new water park at LEGOLAND Dubai theme park.
LEGOLAND Water Park will feature popular LEGOLAND water attractions:
- a half-million gallon wave pool
- Build-A-Raft River – design and build a customised raft
- an interactive Imagination Station – design, construct and test bridges, dams and cities
Commenting on the announcement Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts said, “We are committed to offering unforgettable experiences for guests of all ages at Dubai Parks and Resorts. We are therefore very pleased to partner with Merlin Entertainments to bring this unique water park concept to the UAE as an exciting new element to the LEGOLAND Dubai theme park. We look forward to welcoming families to this immersive and interactive attraction, where children can create, build, and learn while having fun. With the addition of the LEGOLAND Water Park to our existing offering, we will now have a destination that boasts six major Parks which together have over 100 rides and attractions.”
Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments, added, “We already have a strong working partnership with Dubai Parks and Resorts and this LEGOLAND Water Park is an exciting and natural extension to our existing Park development here in Dubai. In line with LEGOLAND Dubai, the LEGOLAND Water Park is aimed primarily at families with young children aged 2-12, offering a unique place for them to play and have fun together. The addition of the LEGOLAND Water Park will not only allow families to enjoy the LEGOLAND Dubai experience over a number of days but also help create many more truly memorable experiences of their visit. ”
Dubai Parks and Resorts, Phase 1 of which is set to open in October 2016, will be the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination. The first phase of the Dubai Parks and Resorts comprises the three theme parks – motiongate™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai. A grand entrance plaza – Riverland, will have its own retail, dining and entertainment options and there will be an on-site Polynesian themed family hotel – Lapita. World renowned operators will manage the parks and attractions including Merlin Entertainments, Parques Reunidos, and Marriott.
The resort will cover 25 million square feet and include 73 different attractions. Visitor numbers by 2017 are projected to be 6.7 million with significant growth expected over the following four-year period – all part of the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 to attract 20 million tourists to Dubai by 2020.
See Blooloop's interview with DPR's Steve Shaiken here.