Let's Look at the Attraction Line-up for motiongate Dubai

April 12, 2016, 5:06 PM · With new virtual reality roller coasters and a new Harry Potter land, 2016 already has seen some exciting new additions to major theme parks around the world. And the rush of new attractions will continue in the weeks ahead, with the opening of Ninjago: The Ride at Legoland California next month, Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure in June, and new Frozen attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland later this spring and summer.

But we've got two entire new major parks debuting in 2016, as well. You probably already know about Shanghai Disneyland, so let's take a few moments to introduce you to motiongate Dubai.

Opening in October, motiongate Dubai will be a movie-themed park with franchises from DreamWorks, Lionsgate, and Sony, including The Hunger Games, Underworld, Ghostbusters, Zombieland, The Green Hornet, Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs, Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon.

The park is the flagship of the new US$2.9 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts in Jebel Ali and will be operated by Parques Reunidos, the Spanish theme park company that runs Kennywood and Lake Compounce in the United States, among many other parks around the world. Given the often, uh, challenging heat in the United Arab Emirates, the majority of motiongate Dubai's attractions will be located indoors, opening some interesting creative theming opportunities for the park's designers.

The park will be divided into five themed lands, with three of the five devoted to the three participating movie studios. Let's take a look at the attraction line-up, starting at the entrance and moving counter-clockwise:

Studio Central

Sony Pictures Studios

Smurfs Village



The park will offer nine themed restaurants across the five lands, as well. Here's a preview video tour from the park, with a look at the current status of construction:

In addition to motiongate Dubai, the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex will include two other theme parks: Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Dubai. We'll be writing more about motiongate Dubai in the weeks leading up to its opening.


Replies (19)

April 12, 2016 at 5:44 PM · Sounds like a pretty well-rounded park and I'm especially glad to see Ghostbusters and Zombieland still getting the love. Whether or not the Hunger Games is viable for a theme park remains to be seen, but I'm looking forward to some on-ride videos.
April 13, 2016 at 1:07 AM · Dubai is a great travel destination, a lot to see and do. This makes a return trip even more enticing. I hope it's Universal/Disney quality.
April 13, 2016 at 1:52 AM · The Green hornet, really? This is one of worst movies I've seen and it bombed at the boxoffice, why not try to get MIB or another of the Sony's franchises?
April 13, 2016 at 3:52 AM · Of all the IPs being used for this park, the one that makes me scratch my head more than anything else is Green Hornet.

While Underwolrld and Zombieland haven't really been talked about that much in recent years, they were still popular at one point, so it's kinda understandable. But I don't think Green Hornet was ever popular. I don't think it was that much of a hit at the box office and I don't think the people who actually saw it really liked it that much. So, yeah, I don't really see how they expect this movie to draw in any big crowds.

April 13, 2016 at 5:31 AM · Not exactly a fun place to visit. 'Travel Advisor' has a list of 147 travel tips to keep in mind to stay safe when traveling to Dubai.

The US Department of State offers suggestions to help tourists maintain personal safety when traveling to Dubai. Tourists should make sure they have their passport and visa documents in order and make multiple copies in case of theft. They also should locate the US embassy. The State Department suggests that American tourists maintain a low profile and vary travel routes. They also should not take packages or mail from or go anywhere with a stranger. As with any unfamiliar country, travelers need to avoid dark streets and alleys. Before arriving in Dubai, they need to familiarize themselves with local law enforcement in case of an incident.

Respect Customs

Tourists need to respect the customs and people of Dubai. Only restaurants and clubs inside hotels and resorts serve alcohol, and drinking in public is prohibited. Travelers visiting during Ramadan should not eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours. Visitors should not take pictures of military installation or Muslim women, and should ask permission before taking pictures of men.

April 13, 2016 at 7:42 AM · No Hunger Games attractions in the line up. Maybe future attraction? The park is like a studios park without being a studios park. It's all franchise IP.
April 13, 2016 at 8:16 AM · Anon the Hunger Games are the ones listed in Lionsgate, Capitol coaster and Panem simulator
April 13, 2016 at 9:04 AM · Wow...any one of those attractions opening at an existing park would draw attention. These are opening all at the same park! It's amazing what you can do when budget appears to be no issue.
April 13, 2016 at 9:05 AM · It says it is opening three gates but does not say when it will be fully finished, if the video is this week they have got a lot to do.
April 13, 2016 at 9:09 AM · I'm actually going to Dubai at the end of October, hopefully it will be open and not plagued by delays as most UAE projects are. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures for you guys if it's open.
April 13, 2016 at 10:58 AM · All three (MotionGate, Legoland and Bollywood Land) are supposed to open this October. They've got six months to get it done.

From the preview, the park looks solid, diversified and fun. It also has a lot of new IP and attractions not available anywhere else. Let's hope it's as good as the video.

April 13, 2016 at 12:57 PM · I had the opportunity of being a part of Motiongate and the park is pretty amazing. However, has anyone watched Slaves of Dubai? They're probably building this park as well. I would love to visiti but after watching it, the UAE just breaks my heart.
April 13, 2016 at 1:43 PM · While this park looks great, I'm skeptical about the location of Dubai as well as their timeline for the project based on the video. If that video is current, I'd say winter/spring 2017 looks more feasible for opening than fall 2016. Hopefully this project is a success, but we'll have to wait until it opens to know. I haven't considered the United Arab Emirates as a travel destination, but with Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Motiongate, and the various other attractions out there it might be worth a visit at some point in the future.

Also, Anon, there are two Hunger Games attractions in the Lionsgate section: Capitol Bullet Train and Panem Aerial Tour.

April 13, 2016 at 3:24 PM · Actually, "Step Up Dubai, All In!" is a Hunger Games attraction too. Though it appears at first to be a Step Up tie-in, it's really a reaping of Dubai as a whole. The "winners" will be forced into a glorious battle royale for our sick pleasure, a true-to-life-and-death Hunger Games! Not even Universal's WWOHP can claim such realism and immersion!

Let the games begin!

April 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM · Some interesting points about Dubai: Most of its visitors come from the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia, in that order. The next most popular markets sending tourists to Dubai are Southeast Asia, the Far East, and Russia... followed by all of the Americas. Subsaharan Africa is the only region that sends fewer visitors to Dubai that North and South America, combined.

So... it's not our thing in America. We're not the target market and Dubai can do very well without us. However, it's a HUGE and growing destination for Europeans (how many football kits have I seen advertising airlines and other businesses in the UAE?) And it's a HUGE market for themed entertainment designers in the U.S. Heck, two of the firms working on this are located within three miles of my house in Southern California.

April 14, 2016 at 10:15 AM · Thanks for clarifying that Americans are not the target market, but it's interesting that all the IPs are American. I guess American movies are popular worldwide, even the Green Hornet - ?
April 14, 2016 at 2:11 PM · To the above anonymous poster, Dubai is an incredibly safe place to travel, moreso than a lot of places in the US or Europe. It's true that you have to be wary of local customs and laws, but that is true anywhere you travel. Most of this in Dubai is fairly straightforward though, and if you just think of it as a bad place firms spring break destination you should be OK.
April 15, 2016 at 2:42 AM · Is it just me or the attraction lineup for motiongate dubai sounds better than the starting lineup for Shanghai Disneyland?

As for the green hornet attraction, one of the better attractions at disneyworld is dinosaur at Animal Kingdom, based on a movie not many people remember, including me.

April 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM · Dubai is one of the safest places to travel in the world. Crime rate is incredibly low, and the taxis are safe and convenient. I don't know what that poster above is talking about. There are some cultural aspects to abide such as not making out with your significant other in public or taking close-up photos of people without their permission, but it's not polite to do that anyway. Of all the places in the world you should not be scared of taking a theme park trip, it's the UAE.

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