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By the time you read this, the first part of phase I of Dubai Parks and Resorts will have opened in the shape of Legoland Dubai and the accompanying Riverland dining and entertainment district. By the end of the


year the resort development in Jebel Ali – near the Dubai- Abu Dhabi border – will


boast no fewer than three theme parks and a


waterpark. Park World looks at what's in store


DUBAI PARK AND RESORTS It all started with a Lego brick!


themed rides, shows and attractions in addition to 15,000 Lego models made from over 60 million Lego bricks. Attractions, many of them interactive, are spread across six themed lands


O Tickets &


passes Daily tickets for adults and children/senior citizens to each park at Dubai Parks and Resorts are priced as follows: Legoland AED295 & 250 ($80/€73 & $68/€62), Legoland Water Park AED 240/205 ($65/€60 & $55/€50), Bollywood Parks AED 285/245 ($78/€70 & $67/€61). Prices for Motiongate had yet to be announced at the time of writing. Multi-park passes, including various combinations of parks and waterpark, are available on a one/two/three/four-day and annual basis.


54 The 3,000,000 square feet park, operated by Merlin


Entertainments for developer DXB Entertainments, is being run by a team headed by general manager Siegfried Börst, formerly a director of operations at both Legoland Malaysia and Legoland Deutschland. The new park in Dubai is the seventh Legoland worldwide. Guests will begin their journey by passing through the so- called Lego Factory, where they can see how Lego bricks are made and receive their very own plastic brick as a souvenir of their visit to Legoland Dubai. They can also visit The BIG Shop, offering the largest selection of Lego toys in the Middle East. In Lego City, attractions include Legoland favourites


pened on October 31, Legoland Dubai is the first Lego theme park in the Middle East and promises over 40 indoor and outdoor Lego


Driving School, Boating School, Junior Driving School and Rescue Academy along with Lego City Airport, Police Headquarters, Sea Port and the Lego City Stage. Both the Boating School and Driving School attractions feature large shaded areas. In the land of Imagination, Legoland guests can build and


race Lego cars at Build & Test, visit the Lego Master Builder Academy or schedule a class to build with Mindstorms robotics. Also featured in this part of the park are the Lego Technic Twister (Mack tea cups), Kids Power Towers (by Heege/Sunkid), Duplo Express, Lego Studios 4D, Duplo Playtown and Lego Friends Clubhouse. Kingdoms is Legoland's medieval themed land, where kids can conquer The Dragon rollercoaster (by Zierer) as it speeds through the king's castle, while younger knights and princesses can ride the Dragon's Apprentice kids coaster. Also on hand are Merlin's Flying Machines (Zamperla Magic Bikes), Merlin's Challenge (Mack Caterpillar), Builders Guild and the Castle Stage. In the land of Adventure, families can take a captivating


ABOVE: Legoland Dubai’s Dragon rollercoaster ABOVE RIGHT: Legoland general manager Siegfried Boerst (centre) welcomes Amal Bamatraf of Abu Dhabi’s Culture Communication & Activities Department (left) and HE Yousif Al Obaidli of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque to unveil the Grand Mosque model in Legoland


NOVEMBER 2016


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