Add Legoland to the Dubai mix
Busch Gardens/SeaWorld? Check.
Six Flags? Check.
And now... Legoland?
Merlin Entertainments, Legoland's owner, announced a deal with Tatweer, which will build and operate Legoland Dubailand, a 3 million square-foot theme park to open in 2011 as part of the Dubailand project.
So, of the big five theme park operators, that leaves only Disney off the map in the rush to make Dubai the Orlando of the Middle East.
At right: Legoland California Master Model Designer Eric Hunter with a 17-foot-9-inch-tall Lego replica of The Burj Dubai, which will be the world's tallest building when completed. Image courtesy Legoland.
I think its great that all of these theme park chains are sort of getting together to make Dubailand. It will be like the melting pot of the theme park world.
Yes, can I get a 5 day hopper pass for ALL the parks please?
The Dubai concept is astounding to me. At least some of that oil money is being put to good use. This resort stuff is all that Dubai will have when it all runs out though. The question is this. Why are all of these US theme park companies jumping on the bandwagon of Dubai so quickly? The only major ones that haven't are Disney and Cedar Fair. There has to be more to the story. Money is a flyin'
Imagine the amount of money that Disney must be leaving on the table by not committing to a Dubai project.
Dubai makes less than 10% of its income from oil. They are huge in financial services (lots of rich folks stashing their dough in foreign bank accounts) and tourism.
That's great news, my kids love Legoland here in California, and we're moving to Dubai this fall... so LL will be one less thing to miss from here.
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