Dubai Parks and Resorts announces October 31 opening date

August 11, 2016, 6:03 PM · Dubai Parks and Resorts announced today that its three-park resort, the largest in the Middle East, will open on October 31.

The resort will include three parks:

In addition, the resort will open with Riverland Dubai, a themed retail and dining destination with more than 50 shops and restaurants among four themes zones: 1950s America, medieval France, colonial India and the 19th century-themed Peninsula. Visitors can stay at the 500-room Polynesian themed Lapita Hotel, which will be part of Marriott Autograph Collection.

While the resort's target markets will be visitors from Europe and Asia, American theme park fans will find the Motiongate park of interest, as it will include the world's first Ghostbusters-themed interactive dark ride, as well as the first theme park attractions devoted to The Hunger Games. No matter where you live, if you're a fan of Bollywood musicals, seeing that brought to life in a theme park environment seems fascinating, too.

The resort last week introduced its theme song, written by Disney Legend Alan Menken. Several US-based theme park design companies are involved in the development of the resort and former Universal Studios Singapore Vice President for Operations John Hallenbeck is on board as the General Manager for Motiongate Dubai.

Dubai Parks and Resorts will join Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Disneyland, Tokyo Disney, and Disneyland Paris as major multi-theme-park resorts around the world. However, Dubai Parks is the first of these resorts to open multiple parks at once. Dubai Parks and Resorts already has announced a second phase of its development, which will include the Middle East's first Six Flags park, scheduled to open in 2019. The US$3.6 billion development occupies more than 700 acres opposite the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai, equidistant to Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports. The resort says that it expects 6.7 million ticketed visits in 2017, its first full year of operation.

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Replies (5)

August 11, 2016 at 11:56 PM · Alcohol free?
August 12, 2016 at 5:52 AM · Ugh, I'm leaving Dubai on October 27th. Looks like I'm going to just miss it.
August 14, 2016 at 6:14 AM · No alcohol in the parks, that's for certain. A few of the restaurants in the Riverland hotels should be designated to serve alcohol.
August 15, 2016 at 3:43 PM · Can't wait, I head for Dubai in November
August 18, 2016 at 6:06 AM · No open carry in the parks. Certain F&B locations will be serving.

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