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Dubai's mega theme park project launches Riverland retail space

Dubai Parks and Resorts - set to open in Oct 2016 - makes available 220,000 sq ft of dining, shops space for leasing

Dubai's mega theme park project launches Riverland retail space
Dubai Park and Resorts. (Courtesy: Dubai Parks and Resorts)

Dubai Parks and Resorts, set to become the Middle East's largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination when it opens in October 2016, has announced that 220,000 sq ft of dining and retail space is now available.

Opportunities to operate shops and restaurants are now up for grabs within Riverland Dubai, one of several components of the AED10.5 billion development.

Riverland Dubai will feature more than 50 outlets and willserve as a grand entrance to the theme park.

Dubai Parks and Resorts will simultaneously open LEGOLAND Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, motiongate Dubai, together with LEGOLAND Water Park and Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families.

Riverland Dubai will be at the heart of the project and has been inspired by pedestrian-friendly public spaces across the globe - that combine amusement and attractions with retail and dining experiences - such as London's Covent Garden, Barcelona's Las Ramblas and New York's Times Square.

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: "Every visitor to Dubai Parks and Resorts will pass through Riverland Dubai on their way into our four parks - however it will also be much more than just the entrance - it is an exciting destination in its own right.

"The waterside location will be an exceptional attraction for Dubai - a place for families to come together, relax and enjoy the entertainment and vast array of welcoming dining experiences.

Klaus Assmann, vice president of Retail and Hospitality added: "Riverland Dubai will feature over 50 dedicated outlets and serve as a grand entryway to all our guests. With 6.7 million ticketed visits expected at the theme parks during our first full year of operation in 2017, the opportunities for retailers and dining operators are vast - from shops and street cafes to formal restaurants."

All guests will begin their journey at Dubai Parks and Resorts by strolling through Riverland Dubai's medieval French village.

The journey continues into the American 1950s before they reach India Gate, as musicians and acrobats take visitors on a voyage across India.

Finally, guests can relax at The Peninsula, where they can wander through open festivals right in the heart of Riverland Dubai. Surrounded by a winding river, The Peninsula will feature pavilions, dedicated entertainment space and dining areas.

Set to open in October 2016, the  project is spread across 25 million square feet of land. 6.7 million ticketed visits are expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.

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