Dubai's biggest theme park complex will welcome its first guests on October 31, it has been confirmed.
Home to more than 100 rides in four themed parks, Dubai Parks And Resorts is one of the biggest ever mass-openings ever in the UAE.
Bollywood Parks Dubai, MOTIONGATE Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai (which also features a dedicated LEGOLAND water park) will be fully operational come the end of October, as will Riverland, a dining and retail district at the heart of the whole project, and the Polynesian-themed family resort known as Lapita Hotel.
Reflecting on confirmation of the opening date, CEO of the project Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, said: "This has been a long-time coming and I can’t say enough about how excited we are to welcome our guests to the destination. Nothing of this magnitude has ever been done before, and we look forward to offering our guests close to 100 unforgettable rides, attractions and experiences.
Thrill-seekers, movie-buffs, Bollywood fans and Lego nuts can already buy annual passes for the parks, while day ticket prices are set to be confirmed closer to opening.
A standard annual pass to all parks costs Dhs2,495, and VIP comes in at Dhs6,995. Individual parks' passes are as follows: LEGOLAND Dhs765, Bollywood Parks Dhs755, MOTIONGATE Dubai Dhs865
Further details on the opening of Six Flags on the same site were not revealed, though it remains on course for a late 2019 launch.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR AT THE PARKS
Blast Off: Zombieland-themed, 58m free-fall tower, it’s the highest ride in the whole of Dubai Parks And Resorts. It mirrors the scene in which Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin fend off the walking dead.
Hunger Games: A world first (and second) with two themed rides based on the iconic movie franchise. White-knuckle fans will be drawn the “high-speed bullet train”, which runs both forwards and backwards.
Smurfs Studio Tours: A fully immersive sensory assault for the family, this whimsical journey through the movie asks you to get involved in the pursuit of Gargamel while riding through tunnels.
Ghostbusters: Battle For New York: Taking place inside a replica structure of the iconic firehouse from the movie – complete with Slimer’s Diner – this interactive experience features shooting games and more.
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.
LEGO Factory: Take a peek into the process behind making a Lego brick, then take it home as a special memento. For those who want something bigger to sink their teeth into, the biggest store of its kind in the Middle East is nearby.
Driving School: Lego City is a collection of interactive experiences where the whole family can help combat emergencies, captain a boat and earn their driving license out on a custom-built road system.
Submarine Adventure: Hop into a glass-fronted underwater pod and get up close to the marine life in the park’s aquarium, right in the heart of the Adventure zone.
Wave pool: The staple of any good waterpark, the pool at Legoland is located next to the landing zones of five child-friendly waterslides, and is intelligently split to allow for even toddlers to enjoy the experience.
The Irish Village: Four warehouse-style buildings built around a communal “pub garden” will be known as The Peninsula, and is Riverland’s only licensed area. At the heart of it, The Irish Village which is expected to continue its trend of hosting al fresco gigs.
Ride an abra: The river will be a hive of activity throughout the day and, much like Madinat Jumeirah and the Dubai Fountain, abra shuttles will operate up and down the 1km stretch
French Village: Your first taste of Riverland will be distinctly European. From the entrance, classically designed cobbled streets lined with trees and 17th century buildings wind towards the river banks.
Boardwalk: On the flipside, it's all neon lights on the Boardwalk, where the likes of Famous Dave’s BBQ will have over-water dining terraces and all-American themes throughout.