Meeras Holding, a Dubai-based real estate company, has unveiled plans for Dubai Parks & Resorts in Jebel Ali.
The first phase of the ‘mega leisure and entertainment destination’ is set to open in 2016 and ground work commenced on site in February 2014.
Phase one of Dubai Parks & Resorts will include three theme parks, a retail and dining district and a hotel:
- LEGOLAND Dubai will be the first LEGOLAND park in the Middle East and the seventh worldwide.
- Motiongate Dubai will be Hollywood inspired theme park with four zones, high tech attractions and new-generation rides.
- Bollywood Parks Dubai will be the first theme park in the world dedicated solely to the Indian film industry.
- The central Riverpark district will offer a range of retail, dining and entertainment options
- Lapita will be a themed family hotel.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 with the aim to double Dubai’s annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020 and increase the economic contribution of the sector to the economy from AED117.4 billion (8.4% GDP) in 2013 to AED167.4 billion by 2024*.
The AED10 billion Dubai Parks & Resorts is a key component of this vision, looking to service the regions of the world within an eight hour flying distance from Dubai.
Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman of Meraas Holding, said, “Meraas is committed to developing new concepts to build Dubai’s position as one of the world’s great new cities. Dubai Parks & Resorts will be the first entertainment destination that will simultaneously open the gates of three theme parks. The project will feature leading intellectual properties from elite industry players to create leisure and entertainment concepts that are expected to draw more than five million residents and tourists annually. We are confident our efforts will contribute to achieving the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and become the pride of our nation. At Meraas, we are excited to signal the start of an ambitious destination that is anticipated to generate thousands of new jobs as an international entertainment hub.”
Raed Al Nuami, previously Chief Leisure and Entertainment Officer at Meraas, has been appointed as CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, the newly formed Meraas subsidiary.
*The World Travel and Tourism Council Economic Impact 2014 report