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Dubai Parks & Resorts, a Meraas Holding initiative, recently announced that phase 1 of its multibillion dollar entertainment and leisure destination has made significant progress thanks to a number of world-class contractors and consultants.
Located in Jebel Ali, the first phase, slated for completion in 2016, will comprise three theme parks: Motion Gate Dubai, Bollywood Parks and Legoland Dubai. The development will also feature River Park — a grand entrance plaza — and Lapita, a family-themed hotel.
Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts, said: ''A mega project such as Dubai Parks & Resorts requires partners that have a track record in developing and delivering leisure and entertainment concepts of this scale. Following a stringent bidding process, we have selected consultants and contractors with whom we are working closely to deliver an entertainment experience that brings to life the UAE's leadership's vision of positioning Dubai as a leading global tourist destination.''
The development has been designed by industry leaders such as Rabben-Herman, Gensler, HOK, RTKL, Forrec and Riva Creative.
In addition, consultants including CH2M Hill and Samsung SDS provided infrastructure design.
The project was launched under the directive of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Phase 1 of this project will see about 25 million sqft developed. At present, nearly 30 per cent of the infrastructure development is complete and work on the power substation has registered 35 per cent headway. Excavation work for the district cooling facility has also commenced.
Programme management firm Samsung C&T is overseeing the project's progress to ensure its components adhere to scheduled time lines and budgets, while Kier Group is building the utilities component.
ETA has been engaged for the power substation project and National Central Cooling Company mandated to set up the district cooling facility.
Besix Orascom is responsible for the majority of the Legoland Dubai building works, Laing O'Rourke and Al Futtaim Carillion for a large part of Motion Gate Dubai, and ARCO General Contracting EST for Bollywood Parks.
Hill International has also been contracted to manage the production and installation of all shows and rides, and provide construction management consultancy services for phase 1.
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Source: Property Weekly