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Dubai theme park developer says senior exec team roles filled

Dubai Parks and Resorts completes formation of senior management team to drive mega leisure project

Dubai theme park developer says senior exec team roles filled

Dubai Parks and Resorts, the company behind Dubai's planned mega theme park project, said on Thursday it has completed the formation of its senior management team.

The completion will drive the progress of Dubai Parks & Resorts, ensuring budgets are kept in check and timelines are on track for the development to open in October 2016, its CEO said in a statement.

Dubai Parks and Resorts is building motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai along with Riverpark - a grand entrance plaza - and Lapita, a family themed hotel.

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: "The management team brings significant experience in their respective fields and will ensure that we have the right structures and processes in place to deliver this landmark project on time.

"Our senior management team is fully equipped to ensure that Dubai Parks and Resorts offers one of the best resort experiences globally."

The senior management team of Dubai Parks and Resorts is comprised of industry stalwarts and individuals with relevant and significant local experience.

The seven member Dubai Parks & Resorts senior management team include Paul La France, chief projects officer, who has previously worked for companies such as Walt Disney and Universal Studios, and Matthew Priddy, chief technical officer, who worked for Walt Disney for nearly 20 years.

Also on the team are Sandesh Pandhare, chief financial and investment officer, Stanford Pinto, chief parks operating officer, Vinit Shah, chief destination management officer, Aida Hamza, senior vice president of business support, and Klaus Assmann, vice president of retail and hospitality, who previously worked with Jumeirah, Hyatt and Shangri-La Group.

Last week, Dubai Parks and Resorts forecast that its first full year of operations will generate revenues of about AED2.4 billion ($653 million).

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