By Shane McGinley
Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Doha also competing to be first to build park in MidEast by end-2013
Dubai is likely to sign a deal to become the first country in the Middle East to host an Angry Bird-branded theme park by the end of the year.
The company behind the plans told Arabian Business that more parks are planned across the Middle East region.
Nigel Cann, director of operations and business development at Gebal Co, a play equipment sales firm which is the regional representative for Lappset, the company that builds the Angry Birds theme parks, said Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Doha were currently all bidding to build the first Angry Bird-themed park in the Middle East.
“It is not far off neck and neck but we have an investment company in Dubai that is looking a lot more likely at the moment but time will tell,” Cann told Arabian Business. “I think towards the end of this year [a deal will be signed],” he added.
In terms of the level of investment, Cann said “it all depends on the size of the budget... You can pay AED6m ($1.6m) up to AED60m.”
Launched in December 2009, over 12m copies of the mobile game have been downloaded from Apple's App Store.
So far, three branded theme parks have been build, in Finland, the UK and Singapore, while a fourth in Malaysia, which will be indoors and will be 2,400 square metres in size, will open in May 2014.