MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai and Riverland™ Dubai spread across 30.6 million square feet were formally opened by VIP dignitaries on Sunday, including His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a mega new destination comprising three separate theme parks, a water park, a uniquely themed dining and retail district and a Polynesian themed family hotel covering 30.6 million square feet: The destination includes LEGOLAND® Dubai, the region’s first LEGOLAND®; a Hollywood-inspired park called MOTIONGATE™ Dubai; and Bollywood Parks is the world’s first Bollywood theme park based on some of its biggest blockbusters.
The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining district, and guests will be able to stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
The event showcased its theme parks in a special show involving the dancers and actors from Dubai Parks and Resorts’ live entertainment team, who perform in shows such as the Bollywood musical, Jaan-e-Jigar and Step Up All In, inspired by the Step Up film franchise.
Award-winning composer Alan Menken, whose film scores include The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, performed the resorts’s signature tune, All the Wonders of the Universe, with his daughter Anna Rose, written by Menken for Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO DXB Entertainments, owners of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: “The honour to be able to deliver Dubai Parks and Resorts to the people of Dubai, the UAE and the entire Middle East is like no other honour one man can have. Being responsible for this project from planning to delivery has been a gift, and today, it is my turn to deliver a gift back to you. I hope you and your families will treasure and enjoy our parks for generations to come.”