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Dubai Parks & Resorts changes its opening dates, moves to phased debut

September 29, 2016, 8:31 AM · Dubai Parks & Resorts today announced a new schedule of opening dates for the resort and its three theme parks. The parks — Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Dubai — had been scheduled to open next month, on October 31.

Legoland will make the October 31 opening, but the other two parks will open later this year, instead. Bollywood Parks Dubai will open November 15 and Motiongate Dubai now is slated to open December 16. The resorts Riverland Dubai shopping and dining district will open with Legoland on October 31, though the Legoland Water Park and Lapita Hotel will open with Bollywood Pars Dubai on November 15.

Earlier this month, when Dubai Parks & Resorts announced the ticket prices for the resort, it hinted that Motiongate Dubai would not be fully ready by October 31. The resort announced that it would be selling discounted "Discovery" tickets for that park during its first months of operation, due to ongoing "enhancements of some of the attractions." Now, the resort officially has delayed the opening of the park altogether.

No major multi-park theme park resort has opened multiple parks at the same time, as Dubai Parks & Resorts has planned to do. Of the five major multi-park resorts in the world now, the closest that two parks in the same resort have opened is seven years — for Epcot and the then-Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World. So opening the three Dubai Parks within a couple of months would represent an unprecedented development achievement.

Legoland Dubai will be that chain's seventh theme park, with additional parks in Japan and Korea planned for 2017. Bollywood Parks Dubai will be the world's first park themed to the popular genre of Indian cinema, and Motiongate Dubai will feature lands devoted to franchises from Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Studios, and DreamWorks Animation.

"We are focused on delivering a destination which exceeds international standards on every level – from guest experience to state-of-the-art rides and attractions and the highest of safety standards – and we want to make sure we take the time to get everything just right and launch a destination the UAE and our shareholders can be truly proud of," Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO of DXB Entertainments PJSC, the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said in a statement released by the resort.

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Replies (6)

September 29, 2016 at 8:38 AM · Not a huge surprise. Release dates, time keeping, and statements of opening dates are not held in the same regard as in the west.

Here, you take a release date with a pinch of salt.

September 29, 2016 at 12:17 PM · Not surprised at all by the delay. This is short notice so I feel bad for the people who already booked flights in advance. I wouldn't book a flight to Dubai until all three parks are definitely open with all rides fully functioning.
September 29, 2016 at 1:33 PM · Really glad now that I didn't pull the trigger on an early trip.
September 29, 2016 at 2:07 PM · The theme park market is getting saturated. Watch for the shakeout, in the next 10-15 years. Parks will be dropping like flies. The same thing is happening in the casino business.
September 29, 2016 at 4:25 PM · Having lived in Dubai, I concur with the first poster that you can't take seriously their opening dates or number projections. They are always overly 'optimistic' on any numbers because they are trying to meet 'fantasyland' KPIs (key performance indicators) set by the Prime Minister's office (i.e. the big boss Sheikh). The Emiratis would rather get caught with their pants down later and make exscuses than be realistic up front.
September 30, 2016 at 10:08 PM · It is not a surprise for a huge project. We still admire you Dubai. Keep up the challange.

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