Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dubai Announces a Bollywood Theme Park, and more

Dubai plans to build a 10 billion dirham ($2.7 billion) complex with five theme parks, including ones based on movies and characters from Hollywood and Bollywood cinema industry, to expand its booming tourism sector.  Located near Dubai’s Jebel Ali port area, the complex is to include an adventure park featuring Hollywood brands, a marine park, a children’s park and a night safari. Partnerships has been formed with several major film studios in Mumbai to obtain content for the Bollywood Parks section, which will include a theatre showing Broadway-style musicals, the statement said.

Dubai Parks and Resorts, a Meraas Holding company, announced details of this Bollywood Parks Dubai which will cover a total of three million square feet and will include 16 rides and attractions within five movie themed areas featuring content developed in partnership with Mumbai’s major film studios - Bollywood Film Studios, Mumbai Chowk, Hall Of Heroes, Regal Plaza and Rustic Ravine.

Bollywood Parks Dubai - Entrance 

For guests, the experience will kick off at the entrance to the theme park on Bollywood Boulevard where dance performances, character interactions and street theatre will greet visitors. In addition to the themed zones, Bollywood Parks Dubai will offer a variety of retail outlets and themed restaurants integrating vibrant elements that are quintessential Bollywood, the statement added.

Bollywood Boulevard

Rustic Ravine

Mumbai Chowk

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: “The cultural impact and appeal of Bollywood is universal with a global fan base of over three billion people. For the first time ever, a theme park in the region will recreate for residents and tourists the unparalleled glamour and extravagance of Bollywood on one stage.”

Dubai Parks and Resorts unveiled the blueprint of this mega leisure and entertainment destination in September. Phase 1 of the development will comprise Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and Motion Gate Dubai, picture above. This other  movie studio themed park will have a “zone” themed to DreamWorks Animation characters with “12 engaging attractions and new-generation rides”. The entire park itself will feature four separate themed zones, with a total of 27 attractions.

Pictures: copyright Dubai Parks and Resorts

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