Miniature recreations of a leisure-based megaproject set to be built in Dubai have been unveiled by 3dr Models.
Hollywood, Bollywood and Lego will be the focus of three parks set to open, run by Dubai Parks & Resorts and developed by state-owned Meraas Holding in Jebel Ali.
It has been designed as a leisure and entertainment destination to serve the regions that are within an eight hour flying distance from Dubai with the site featuring canals water-borne transport linking them.
The development will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza, and Lapita, a family themed hotel. The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Almost 50% of the infrastructure required for the $2.9bn theme park complex has been completed.
Announcing its first quarter results for 2015, the company said it is “on track” to launch the project in October 2016, with 42% of project infrastructure, 67% of procurement and 40% of the engineering and manufacturing of theme park rides already completed.
Abdulla Al Habbai, chairman of Meraas Holding, said: “Meraas is committed to developing new concepts to build Dubai’s position as one of the world’s great new cities. Dubai Parks & Resorts has been designed as the first of its kind entertainment destination that simultaneously opens the gates of three theme parks.
“The project will feature leading intellectual properties from elite industry players to create leisure and entertainment concepts that are expected to draw more than five million residents and tourists annually.
“At Meraas, we are excited to signal the start of an ambitious destination that is anticipated to generate thousands of new jobs as an international entertainment hub.”
Motiongate Dubai will feature some of the most recognisable Hollywood characters from the big screen. The park will use the latest-in-technology attractions and new-generation rides.
Billed as the first theme park in the world dedicated solely to the Indian film industry, Bollywood Parks Dubai will provide a physical location for fans from across the globe to visit and celebrate the biggest names of Indian cinema.
As the first Legoland in the Middle East and the seventh worldwide, this attraction is specifically designed for children aged 2-12.
Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza district featuring an array of retail, dining and entertainment options.
Complementing the overall experience at Dubai Parks & Resorts is Lapita, a themed family hotel will cater to travellers and residents looking for a weekend or a weeklong getaway.