New theme parks set to rise in Jebel Ali area

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The vast area of Jebel Ali, largely an industrial district, used to contain only a sprinkling of low-rise offices, with large swathes of bare and featureless land stretching as far as the eye could see. That changed when a new international airport was constructed, sparking a new activity in the area. But that did not stop there.

As the hosting of the Expo 2020 draws near, with the event venue beginning to take shape, Jebel Ali is a “featureless” district no more.

Currently, the area is witnessing a hive of activities – residential projects are springing up in almost every corner, commercial structures are beginning to sprout around the Expo site and three new theme parks are currently in the works. The latter’s scheduled opening next year is obviously a much-anticipated event by residents, especially those living within the vicinity, and visitors alike.

As the name suggests, Legoland will be built using Lego bricks. Targeting children aged two to 12, it will feature over 100 attractions and rides plus a water park that will contain a wave pool and a station where children will be allowed to build cities and bridges, among others.

Filmmakers and film enthusiasts will have a field day when Motiongate throws its doors open to the public. It will showcase rides, and other leisure and entertainment facilities based on a film theme.

Live entertainment and cinematic rides will be Bollywood Parks’ USP, bringing the glory of India’s film industry to the emirate.

The project blueprint includes parking areas that can accommodate more than 8,000 vehicles. There will also be food and beverage outlets, and retail establishments.

The opening of the theme parks is expected to create a domino effect in the real estate market, giving other developers the opportunity to build structures such as homes, hotels and dining outlets near the area.

This will also increase Dubai’s tourist numbers, transforming the emirate into the ultimate destination for entertainment and recreation in the region.

Handy Hints
• Dubai’s new theme parks are Legoland, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks
• Legoland will also have a water park that will feature rides, other attractions
• Theme parks’ opening is expected to increase residential projects in the area

Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer


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