Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Twentieth Century Fox Announces a New Theme Park to Open in Dubai in 2018

The Theme Park announcement of the week is a new Twentieth Century Fox park - click on the rendering above to see it in big size - as they've announced plans to open a theme park and resort in Dubai. It will be the second 20th Century Fox World theme park after the one opening soon in Malaysia and the first Fox-branded resort:

From Entertainment Weekly: "The theme park will include attractions based on films like Titanic, Planet of the Apes, Ice Age, and Aliens and TV shows including The Simpsons and Sons of Anarchy.

The announcement is the most recent development in a line of similar ongoing projects in Asia. According to a new report, Lionsgate is planning a theme park in China that will include Hunger Games attractions, adding on to the Universal Studios theme park already planned for Beijing.

20th Century Fox World Malaysia – the studio’s first theme park – is currently under construction, while the Dubai park is set to open in 2018."

It's the folks of Rethink Leisure and Entertainment, based in Burbank, who are designing this new 20th Century Fox park, and you can learn more about them and what they do HERE.

Picture: copyright Twentieth Century Fox


Brandon Piazza said...

I'm biased I know, but this park doesn't seem to be anything on par with a disney resort! Are those nuclear power plants smoke stacks in the Simpson "land" or existing structures! ?

Alain Littaye said...

Most probably part of the Simpson's land decor, though i have to admit i had at first the same reaction than you ( nuclear plants?...WTF?!? )

Anonymous said...

I don't want to be negative or cynical, but I cannot get excited about this because of Dubai's disgusting way they treat their Pakistani workers. I recently had the opportunity to talk with a British man who worked as a lead architect in Dubai for 20 years (now retired). What he described was far, far worse than what I had heard before. Basically these men are slaves. There is no other word that fits better. I already didn't like Dubai for these reasons, but after hearing what he witnessed while working there, I will never, ever, visit such a place. It's a city built on the back of slaves. And the reason they are slaves is basically because they are regarded as being from an "inferior race" (is how the Emeratis see them). It's wrong. It's immoral.

Alain, I love your work so much, and I am so grateful for all the theme park news you post. I have followed your sites for years and visiting your sites are one of the main highlights of my day. I would like you to please, at least, consider and think about boycotting any news about Dubai, or the UAE in the future - on the principal that you do not wish to give free advertising to a country whose wealth is built on the back of slavery of another race. If you choose not to boycott it, I will respect your decision and continue to enjoy your great websites and facebook page. It's just a small request to at least think about it. Maybe you have already thought about it before, I don't know. Anyway, this just a little request from one of your long-time readers and fans, and whatever you decide, I will continue to be a loyal reader and supporter of your work.

K. Martinez said...

I love the nuclear power plants in the Springfield section. Nice touch. From the artist rendering it looks like it will be a compact park surrounded by hotels. Thanks, Alain!

Alain Littaye said...

Dear Anonymous, i agree 100% with you about the terrible condition of Dubai workers and that's why i rarely speak about Dubai. I may or may not post news in the future, so we'll see, but i strongly condemn any bad treatment done to workers who are the one, finally, who build this city.

Xavier said...

That's an interesting point of view.

Indeed the Theme Park industry is sadly way back in terms of social responsibility. There's little but green-washing. For example there's hardly any organic or fair trade products available. And theme parks employment is known for its tiny pay check for front line employee.
The only ecological move is the one where the companies earn money (ie by reducing water or energy).

It's a pity our leisure money exploit many people around the world.