New Universal project announced for Dubai
Written by Michael Owen
Universal are finally set to open an entertainment destination in Dubai, according to reports in the Middle Eastern press.Tweet
After years of setbacks Universal will work on a new project revealed by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum today which will be part of a wider development under the Crown Ruler of Dubai's name.
According to the Gulf News, Universal's part in the new project will be park of a family tourism center with a park capable of handling 35 million yearly visitors and the regions largest leisure and entertainment center.
The wider development will take the form of a city within a city, so to speak, with over 300 hotels, the worlds largest shopping mall and living and office space.
Any announcement of this size and scale will undoubtedly be taken with a pinch of salt after the mammoth Dubailand project was revealed, scaled down and then scrapped within a decade, but the Sheikh's direct involvement with the announcement of the project offers a serious statement of intent.
The plans for Universal's input have yet to be fully revealed, though the likelihood will be the company will either be asked to put together a traditional Universal park full of well-known favourites or a large scale indoor facility, much like Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World, to keep guests out of the heat.
My opinion? I won't be holding my breath, though I expect this to be built at some point, especially as Dubai's economy gets back on its feet, it's likely not in the very near future.
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