Merlin Entertainments plc (‘Merlin’), has announced plans for LEGOLAND® Dubai, the seventh LEGOLAND Park to open worldwide.
The Park, which will be operated by Merlin, is being developed in conjunction with Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, a Meraas holding company. Scheduled to open in 2016, LEGOLAND Dubai will be the first LEGOLAND Park in the Middle East.
Located in Jebel Ali, LEGOLAND Dubai will cover a total of 3 million square feet and will feature over 15,000 LEGO® model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks. This includes over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions – all set in six themed areas, some of which are already favourites - LEGO City, Adventure, LEGO Kingdom, Create, LEGO Factory, and the ever popular magical Miniland.
As the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East and the seventh worldwide, LEGOLAND Dubai will bring the well-known LEGO brick to life in an interactive world specifically designed for children aged 2-12.
Commenting, Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments plc said: “We are delighted to be opening in Dubai and to be working with a partner as innovative and supportive as Dubai Parks & Resorts on this exciting new project. Dubai is the most important tourist centre in the Middle East and we believe that it is the ideal place for LEGOLAND. Not only is the LEGO concept already very popular here, but LEGOLAND’s unique appeal for families with younger children is universal, making it a must do visit not just for ‘local’ visitors from Dubai and neighbouring Middle Eastern states; but also tourists visiting the region from all over the world. Indeed, we have no doubt that LEGOLAND Dubai will add a whole new dimension to Dubai’s leisure scene.”
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited, said: “We are excited to have one of the world’s leading global leisure operators join hands with us to enhance the entertainment and
leisure offerings in Dubai and the wider region. Merlin Entertainments is globally respected by industry players and we are confident that LEGOLAND Dubai will add incredible value to the overall family entertainment experience at Dubai Parks & Resorts.”
In addition to LEGOLAND Dubai, the first phase of Dubai Parks & Resorts will also comprise MotiongateTM Dubai and Bollywood ParksTM Dubai. Set for completion in 2016, Phase 1 will also feature Riverpark, a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel.
Dubai Parks & Resorts Limited articulates Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 which, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sets the guidelines for Dubai to double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020, and increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector.