The message is clear, this is not “Little India”. While we can see plenty borrowed from the country, Bollywood Parks, like motiongate, is a tribute to a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry that churns out celebrities as quickly as Dubai Parks And Resorts will fire out portions of fries and slices of pizza. But unlike its Hollywood cousin, there is no template, no competition. Nothing like this has ever been done before, and the bar is certainly set high.
From the breathtakingly regal Rajmahal Theatre – visible from Sheikh Zayed Road, but infinitely more alluring and impressive up close and inside – looming large, to the inventive reimagining of Mumbai’s Victoria Station, outside which three train carriages sit and act as stages for “impromptu” shows, it’s a feast of activity. Every winding corner we take reveals another heavily themed street, at this stage a blank canvas, but soon to be awash with colour, while stages jut out every which way. Our stroll may be slow as we dodge ongoing construction, but we suspect there’ll be even more to gawp at and slow us down when it finally opens in October at its site on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Across all five zones, restaurants have roof terraces and attractions have interactive queues, as the whole experience is cranked up to the max. Even the rides are more about the show and dance than the sharp drops. Take the 4D flying spectacular of Krrish: Hero’s Flight, or a virtual theatre experience in RA.One: Unleashed, and the 3D media tunnel in Don: The Chase. The action comes thick, fast and live in Dabangg, too. The proximity of the seats had us on edge just imagining the stunt cars whizzing through.
During our tour, general manager Thomas Vellum revealed that while famous Bollywood stars aren’t directly involved, they have shown genuine interest in the park’s development and the role they have, directly or indirectly, played in it. Annual pass Dhs755 or Dhs985 with waterpark access.
Rajmahal Theatre The most impressive of all buildings in Dubai Parks And Resorts, the icon-in-waiting looks every bit as regal inside as the world’s finest theatres. It will play host to nightly Broadway-style shows, at an additional cost.
Dabangg More than 1,000 fans will sit on bleacher-style seats a matter of metres from the action as this live, intense stunt show flashes by, featuring cars, high-wire tricks and more.
Victoria Station Recreating one of Mumbai's most iconic landmarks, Victoria Station has three giant train carriages outside a restaurant, from the roof of which regular music and dance performances will take place.
Cinemagic Try your own hand at making a Bollywood movie. This part live stage show, part interactive experience is based on blockbuster film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and is a fun insight into the industry. Bollywood Parks