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Dubai Parks and Resorts opens its first park, Legoland Dubai

October 31, 2016, 10:27 AM · The first phase of the new Dubai Parks and Resorts opened this morning with the debut of Legoland Dubai.

Legoland's seventh theme park worldwide is the first of three theme parks that will open at the resort this year, to be followed by the Middle East's first Six Flags park three years from now. In addition to Legoland, Dubai Parks and Resorts today opened its Riverland Dubai shopping, dining and entertainment district. Riverland will connect the resort's theme parks and water park, providing a wide variety of food and shopping options across four themed areas, including medieval France, colonial India, 1950s America, and the 19th century-themed Peninsula.

Bollywood Parks Dubai will follow next month, with the movie-themed Motiongate Dubai completing the first wave of openings in December. Six Flags Dubai is on track for a late 2019 opening. Bollywood Parks will be the world's first park themed to the popular style of Indian cinema, while Motiongate will include lands themed to Sony Pictures, Dreamworks Animation, and Lionsgate, which will include the world's first Hunger Games theme park attractions.

The new Legoland features six themed lands: Factory, Lego City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure, and Miniland. Attractions include Legoland classics such as The Dragon roller coaster, Rescue Academy, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Kid Power Towers, and the Driving School. The park's Miniland is the world's first indoor (and air conditioned!) version of Legoland's scale-model collection of famous sites around the world, allowing visitors to linger comfortably to inspect the detailed work of Legoland's master builders, while avoiding the often-intense heat of the United Arab Emirates.

Tickets to Legoland Dubai are available now on www.dubaiparksandresorts.com and start at AED 295 (US$80) for adults and 250 ($68) for children. Bollywood Parks, the Legoland Water Park and the resort's Lapita Hotel will open on November 15, with Motiongate Dubai scheduled for a December 16 opening.

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Replies (7)

October 31, 2016 at 11:02 AM · I hope this does better than IMG Worlds of Adventure. Legoland and Six Flags should be ok if they are the same quality as their existing parks. Hopefully Bollywood will appeal to the area visitors, but Motiongate needs to be awesome, immersive and high quality, which I haven't seen at IMG. The Riverland shopping district sounds interesting but what is 19th century Peninsula?
October 31, 2016 at 11:24 AM · Peninsula = Arabian Peninsula.
October 31, 2016 at 3:55 PM · Why do i worry they will have the same issues as IMG - namely not enough quality attractions, presented in a world class way.
October 31, 2016 at 4:08 PM · If I remember right though, this legoland doesn't have merlin's involvement....
October 31, 2016 at 4:53 PM · I'm very curious to see how well this park does. The park appears to have the same level of quality as the other Legolands, but it looks like it's on the smaller side (from the website, it appears about 2/3 the size of the California park). As the Legoland parks have a relatively narrow target audience, I don't think we can estimate the performance based on other parks in the area, but I do question whether there is enough of the Legoland demographic in Dubai to support the park. Europe already has three Legolands, the US has two, and as of next year Malaysia, Japan, and South Korea will all have one as well, so this seems like the park with the least tourist draw.
October 31, 2016 at 9:03 PM · Merlin was involved with this park. Same guy who launched Malaysia, also launched this one. I think Legoland is the one park of all the ones opening that should do well in Dubai. There is a huge young family market in the UAE with the locals and expats. Kidzania is packed at Dubai Mall. Legoland Dubai will do decently, and maybe even better than that.
November 1, 2016 at 11:31 PM · I just watched a video of the new Legoland, it looks interesting, it seems to be a mix of indoor, outdoor and covered attractions, which fits the hot climate. I hope it does well.

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