Second Irish Village location to open in Dubai

Time Out Dubai reveals that Dubai Parks And Resorts will feature a new Irish Village, at Riverland dining and retail area in the Dubai theme park

This year alone, they’ve hosted plenty of big events including Hopfest, a Texas gig and even music legend Bob Geldof.

And now the ever popular Irish Village is about to double its offerings in Dubai. The brand, currently with one emirate location in Dubai’s Garhoud, is opening a new venue in 2016 as part of Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Situated inside the Riverland district, it’s just one of a few big-name brands that have signed leases to serve the park.

As part of around 220,000 square feet of dining and retail space for visitors to enjoy for free, regardless of whether they’re buying a ticket to a park, there will also be Famous Dave’s barbeque, Shake Shack, and Katsuya.

Not enough to satisfy your tastebuds? Mr Greek , South Africa’s Galito’s Flame Grilled Chicken will be alongside it, as will Mexican joint Tortilla, Turkish place Simit Sarayi, and an Italian fix in the form of 800 Degrees Pizza.

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On hand will be continental restaurant; Big Chefs and modern Emirati restaurant Milas. For a more casual stop try Jamba Juice or Fuzziwigs Candy Factory.

Guests of Irish Village and more can enjoy a one kilometre long waterfront when the resort launches in October 2016. Riverland will be the signature entry point to Dubai Parks and Resorts’ theme parks meaning plenty of visitors will be stopping by for a bite to eat in the Jebel Ali area.

As part of Riverland, which it is suggested guests spend half a day at, there will be a medieval French village themed area with street performers, outdoor Mediterranean style landscapes, and a 1950s American Boardwalk complete with stand-out neon signs.

India Gate will feature 1930s-inspired architecture and a large elephant sculpture, and the Peninsula zone is inspired by a 19th Century architectural theme.

As part of the region’s largest integrated theme park destination, Riverland will be a connecting point between all three theme parks - motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park.

Plus Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel will serve families wishing to stay in the resort and experience the theme parks over a series of a few days. A whopping 6.7 million visitors are expected in 2017.

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