Dubai Parks And Resorts, motiongate details released

Madagascar, Zombieland, Smurfs, Shrek, Underworld and Hunger Games all to feature

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The biggest reveal to date for Dubai Parks And Resorts themepark in Jebel Ali has been made.

In a press conference held in Dubai, senior figures from the Dhs 10.5bn project, couldn't contain their excitement as they rolled off the films that will provide the backdrop to one of the signature areas of the park, motiongate Dubai.

motiongate Dubai, one of six key areas in the whole park - including Bollywood Parks and Legoland - and will be a world first in so much as it is a collaboration between Sony Pictures, Dreamworks Animation and Lionsgate. The depth of Hollywood brilliance they can draw on is incredible.

Sony, for example, bring Ghostbusters and Green Hornet to the table, while Dreamworks, whose dedicated indoor area is large enough to house five A380 planes (45,000 square feet) have the likes of Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Hotel Transylvania; the latter will feature a trackless ride in which 27 individual carriages whizz around together in close proximity.

Films like The Hunger Games, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Zombieland, Step Up and Smurfs will all feature, too, with the latter turning an entire corner of the resort blue.

In total, motiongate Dubai alone will be 27 attractions, 21 of which will be indoor to help maintain interest in summer. Described as 'Hollywood in the desert', it will, like all modern amusement parks, have strong multimedia and interactive elements.

The specifics that might have thrill-seekers salivating were kept under wraps now, although when pushed, the panel from the project did allude to something very special of world-leading around How To Train Your Dragon.

More than 11,000 staff are actively working on the site to hit the opening date of October 2016, while organisers say a total of 21 million working hours have already been put in.

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