Dubai Parks and Resorts, a Meraas holding company which is developing the company’s mega theme park development, announced on Thursday that its Hollywood-inspired theme park will have a dedicated DreamWorks Animation zone.
Featuring DreamWorks Animation franchises, the zone will include 12 attractions and rides, and themed dining and retail outlets, Meraas said in a statement.
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: “Working with the DreamWorks Animation studio has been a rewarding experience with its creativity serving as an inspiration for the overall planning of Dubai Parks and Resorts.
“The zone at Motiongate Dubai will offer incredible up close and personal interactions for guests with DreamWorks Animation’s strong character portfolio that holds timeless appeal.”
The Hollywood-inspired theme park, called Motiongate, will be spread across four million square feet and is anticipated to attract three million visitors a year.
The theme park will host four zones with a total of 27 attractions, and retail, dining and entertainment options across all areas.
Located in Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the overall Dubai Parks & Resorts project is a Dhs10 billion complex of five theme parks announced by Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in November 2012. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the project is expected to attract five million visitors in its first year of operation.
Phase one will comprise three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Dubai. The development will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel.
Meraas also confirmed this week that Riverpark, which will be spread across an area of 120,000 square metres, will offer retail outlets, casual dining options, quick service restaurants and other facilities such as a large arena for hosting community events, street entertainment and a range of outdoor activities.
A kilometer-long canal will also run through the development, and will feature cafes and retail outlets lining its side and water taxis to make commute easier for visitors.