Long before state-of-the-art theme parks IMG World of Adventures and Dubai Parks and Resorts came along, there was Wonderland.
Opening back in 1996 between the Grand Hyatt Hotel and Creek Park, it was the city’s first amusement park.
Despite that feat, it was never renowned for being that good, and even before it closed in 2013, it was already starting to show signs of disrepair and neglect. Four years on, this abandoned theme park and water park is set for a revival.
Plans have been revealed for a Dhs1.8 billion ($490 million) development of Wonderland, which will feature amusement parks, apartments, shops, restaurants and a cultural centre.
The reconstruction by Ento Capital Management will start in the first few months of 2017 and is scheduled to take three years to complete.
Although we don’t know for certain yet what the park’s theme will be, news agency Zawya has reported that previous plans were to transform the 2.4 million square foot area into a smaller scale version of Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Even if this doesn’t turn out to be the case, what is for sure is that Dubai will soon have another theme park! At the pace at which the emirate is moving, California and Florida, known for having the highest number of amusement parks in the world, will be given a real run for their money.