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A little over a year before it opens, Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) has completed 20 per cent of total construction work, including 42 per cent of infrastructure, said Paul LaFrance, Executive Director of the project.
DPR said the infrastructure work includes provisions to connect the amusement park to Shaikh Zayed Road through purpose-built bridges and a Dubai Metro station. The project’s total investment has now reached Dh10.5 billion, with total expenditure amounting to Dh3 billion as of March.
DPR also announced that rides and other attractions have started to arrive and will be assembled on-site. Commenting on the progress of the development, Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of DPR, said, “We are very pleased with our progress so far, with more than 40 per cent of the project’s ride engineering and manufacturing completed at the end of the first quarter and ride components beginning to arrive.
“We look forward to offering our visitors an exciting variety of more than 100 unforgettable attractions and experiences. As the largest entertainment destination in the region, DPR will support the UAE’s tourism vision.”
Ride manufacturers from different countries have been developing various components of the theme parks, including roller-coaster tracks, immersion tunnels, drop towers, flying theatres, round rides and other media-based attractions over the past 12 months. Attraction construction management is being led by Hill International.
DPR has signed deals with manufacturers including Mack Rides, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, Dynamic Attractions, Zierer Rides, ETF Ride Systems, Triotech, WhiteWater Attractions, Zamperla, Holovis, Simworx, S&S — Sansei Technologies and Concept 1900. After the ride components are shipped to Dubai and assembled onsite, each attraction will undergo a stringent series of tests, sanctioned according to international industry standards, said DPR.
“Every attraction will not only deliver an amazing and unique guest experience but also unquestionable safety,” said Matthew Priddy, Chief Technical Officer of DPR.
The project includes three amusement areas: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai. It will also feature Riverland Dubai, which will host restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment venues, and Lapita, a Polynesianstyle family retreat.
The theme park is expected to open in October next year and aims to attract 6.7 million visitors in its first 12 months of operation, and 20 million by 2020.
Source: Property Weekly