The first details of the rollercoasters coming to Dubai's IMG Worlds Of Adventure have been revealed as part of an eye-catching stunt.
One of three zones within the park will be the Lost Valley, a pre-historic dinosaur land much like Jurassic Park... only the creatures on display won't be trying to eat you. That said, they will be pretty realistic.
IMG worked closely with Kokoro, a Japanese animatronics and robotics company, and the same team responsible for the iconic installations at London's Natural History Museum, in a bid to make the Dubai park not only a major attraction for thrill seekers, but for dinosaur fanatics, too.
Among the collection of 69 state-of-the-art creatures, are a Barosaurus and the ferocious Allosaurus, with the former reaching almost 16metres in height.
The whole collection has taken around five years to put together, with an incredible attention to detail going in to everyone. Creators have matched each structure with their ancestors, making them move, breathe and feel as real as possible. Hydraulics are used to help replicate the movements, while the skins have each been hand-sculpted.
To celebrate their arrival on these shores, IMG arranged to have their showpiece designs escorted through town by Dubai Police on Saturday, drawing huge crowds around Downtown and DIFC.
At the same time, information about the new, and world's largest, indoor theme park set to open soon in Dubai, was released. On rides, 'The Velociraptor', described as a 'mega launch coaster' will 'propel visitors to an exhilarating 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds.' It will have four inversions and a highest loop of 105 feet... just high enough to keep you out of reach of any escaped dinos.
A spokesman revealed the creatures will serve many purposes." As well as providing sheer entertainment, we will be developing a range of interactive educational programmes, positioning IMG Worlds of Adventure as one of the leading dinosaur attractions in the world," General Manager Lennard Otto said.
Covering an area in excess of 1.5 million square feet, the whole park will also have attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic MARVEL superheroes. The park is expected to open in early 2016.