TRAVEL GAZETTE – The Emir of the Sheikhdom of Dubai puts high hopes on entertainment parks for tourism boost, as the 2.72 billion dollars resorts project set to be completed by October 2016, Dubai daily Emirates 24/7 recently reported.
Located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the 25 million square feet large area includes the Hollywood-inspired theme park Motiongate, Dubai Bollywood Parks and Legoland.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Emir of the Sheikhdom of Dubai, and also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said while touring the construction site “the parks will enhance the UAE position as the first family destination worldwide.”
The project is set to offer premium facilities and is poised to attract visitors, artists and intellectuals from across the globe.
The project of Dubai Parks and Resorts, whose shares are traded on the local Dubai stock market DFM, includes the Hollywood-inspired theme park Motiongate, Dubai Bollywood Parks and the Legoland, in addition to a water park catering to families and their children.
The three-theme park will be linked to Riverland Dubai, a district of for souvenir shops and hospitality establishments like restaurants.
The latter district also hosts a hotel in Polynesian style.
Dubai Parks and Resorts is located a 10 minutes drive from Dubai’s second airport Al Maktoum International which is posied to become the world’s biggest civil aviation hub, capable of handling 220 million passenger per year within six to eight years.
Dubai welcomed in 2015 over 14.2 million visitors, up 7.5 percent year on year. In 2020, when Dubai will host the six-month World Expo as the first city in the region, the emirate aims to lure 25 million tourists.