New Universal project announced for Dubai
Published: December 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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.