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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

UAE theme parks: What are they, where and when will they be built?

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Ferrari World

Owner: Miral Asset Management

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Completion date: Already built, opened in 2010

Size: 925,000 square feet

What’s there: A destination entirely themed around the Italian car manufacturer Ferrari. The indoor park includes the world’s fastest roller coaster as well as a ride where you travel round a miniature world in tiny Ferraris, a virtual tour of the Ferrari factory and Ferrari memorabilia.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

Owner: Ilyas & Mustafa Galidari Group

Location: Dubailand

Completion date: August, 15, 2015

Size: 1.5 million square feet

What’s there: More than 20 rides and attractions featuring Marvel comic heroes, Cartoon Network characters and dinosaurs.

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Legoland Dubai

Owner: Dubai Parks & Resorts

Location: Jebel Ali

Completion date: October 2016

Size: 3.2 million sq ft featuring six themed zones with 40 attractions. One of three theme parks to be located across a 25-million-square foot complex in Jebel Ali. The complex will also house Legoland Water Park with more than 20 water slides and attractions, plus Lapita Hotel and Riverland Dubai – a retail, dining and entertainment walkway.

What’s there: Aimed at families with children, the Legoland Dubai park is set to resemble the original Legoland theme park in Denmark which has since been replicated in the UK and Malaysia.

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Motiongate Dubai

Owner: Dubai Parks & Resorts

Location: Jebel Ali

Completion date: October 2016

Size: 4 million sq ft

What’s there: Five themed zones featuring entertainment from Lionsgate, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Pictures Studios with 27 attractions.

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Bollywood Parks Dubai

Owner: Dubai Parks & Resorts

Location: Jebel Ali

Completion date: October 2016

Size: 2.1 million sq ft, five themed zones with 16 attractions.

What’s there: Aimed at attracting the growing Indian tourism market to Dubai, the park promises to be the world’s first Bollywood theme park. Attractions include a huge purpose built theatre showing Bollywood-style spectaculars.

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Six Flags Dubai

Owner: Dubai Parks & Resorts

Location: Jebel Ali

Completion date: 2019

Size: n/a

What’s there: Based on the popular American Six Flags theme parks, the Dubai park will feature roller coasters aimed at thrill seekers.

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Warner Bros

Owner: Miral

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Completion date: 2018

Size: Currently undisclosed

What’s there: Based around the Warner Bros cartoon franchise, the park will include rides based around key Warner Bros characters including Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo.

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Fox Studios Dubai

Owner: Al Ahli Holding Group

Location: Dubai Outlet Mall site

Completion date: 2018

Size: 4 million sq ft

What’s there: Attractions based on Fox shows such as The Simpsons, Ice Age, Night At the Museum, Planet of the Apes and Titanic.