Merlin Entertainments has revealed plans for the LEGOLAND® Dubai scheduled for completion in 2016.
The park, located in Jebel Ali, will be the seventh LEGOLAND theme park worldwide and the first in the Middle East.
LEGOLAND® Dubai will comprise six themed areas including LEGO City, Adventure, LEGO Kingdom, Create, LEGO Factory and Miniland with more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. The 3 million square feet theme park will have over 15, 000 LEGO® model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks.
Commenting on the announcement Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments plc, said, “We are delighted to be opening in Dubai and to be working with a partner as innovative and supportive as Dubai Parks & Resorts on this exciting new project. Dubai is the most important tourist centre in the Middle East and we believe that it is the ideal place for LEGOLAND. Not only is the LEGO concept already very popular here, but LEGOLAND’s unique appeal for families with younger children is universal, making it a must do visit not just for ‘local’ visitors from Dubai and neighbouring Middle Eastern states; but also tourists visiting the region from all over the world. Indeed, we have no doubt that LEGOLAND Dubai will add a whole new dimension to Dubai’s leisure scene.”
LEGOLAND® Dubai is part of Phase 1 of Dubai Parks & Resort which will also include two other theme parks, Motiongate™ Dubai and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, as well as a grand entrance plaza and a family themed hotel. Developed in conjunction with Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, a Meraas holding company, LEGOLAND® Dubai will be operated by Merlin.
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, said, “We are excited to have one of the world’s leading global leisure operators join hands with us to enhance the entertainment and leisure offerings in Dubai and the wider region. Merlin Entertainments is globally respected by industry players and we are confident that LEGOLAND Dubai will add incredible value to the overall family entertainment experience at Dubai Parks & Resorts.”