The Arab world’s global commercial hub is planning a substantial expansion to its present plethora of amusement and entertainment attractions. In order to boost its hotel and tourism offerings, Dubai will soon feature theme parks based on Hollywood and Bollywood. Moreover, the city will also boast of a giant Legoland before the next year ends.
Meraas Holding, a premier real estate agency that oversees such novelty mega-construction projects, previously confirmed that the initial work has already begun earlier this year. Simply named the “Dubai Parks and Resorts” project, the expenses are anything but. Dubai has earmarked $2.7 billion for the same, and authorities are confident that the first phase should up and running before the next year is out, reported Gulf Business. The company is backed by Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Legoland will undoubtedly be one of the star attractions in the line-up planned for the World Expo which Dubai will host in 2020. Moreover, the city also won the bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Hence these projects are expected to boost the tourism of Dubai to a great extent.
In addition to the Legoland Park, the initial phase will also include a Bollywood-themed park celebrating the Indian film industry. Another park known as Motiongate Dubai promises to bring Hollywood characters to life, reported The National. Additionally, there are plans for a central retail and dining plaza and family-friendly hotel at the complex located in Dubai’s Jebel Ali area, which is best known for hosting the region’s largest seaport and the second of the emirate’s palm-shaped islands.
The Expo, which Dubai wants to be a truly world-class event, will be held nearby, alongside a new airport that officials envision will one day become the world’s busiest.
Dubai always had ambitious real estate plans. Dubai developers previously laid out plans for Legoland and Universal Studios parks as part of a broader complex known as “Dubailand” in a different part of the Emirate. However, the majority of these grand plans had to be abruptly shelved or scrapped entirely when the Middle Eastern region was affected by the global financial crises.
Having survived the tough times, Dubai is once again attempting to fructify its plans to make the city a larger-than-life global entertainment and commercial hub. Interestingly, the city also has plans to build the world’s largest Ferris Wheel and an entire park dedicated to the Quran, Islam’s holy book. However, industry veterans are now advising the region to take it slow.
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