By Andy Sambidge
Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group also says work on building rides is well underway for world's largest indoor theme park
Developers behind plans to build the world's largest indoor theme park in Dubai said on Sunday that the massive space frame for the project was now complete.
Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group said IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA) is set to mark the "opening of a new chapter in the UAE's leisure industry".
The company said work on the roof and wall cladding is now progressing while the off-site manufacturing of rides is also well underway and shipments have started to arrive on-site.
Once open, the 1.5 million square feet project will have a capacity to welcome in excess of 20,000 visitors a day.
"IMGWOA is the entertainment destination Dubai has been waiting for," said a spokesperson at the IMG Group. "It is the first leisure destination in the world to bring together global brands, Cartoon Network and Marvel in one location, in addition to Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure, an original concept by the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group.
"We expect the brand cachet of IMGWOA to cement Dubai's position as the complete one-stop destination for entertainment and leisure."
IMG Worlds of Adventure will include four zones themed around various attractions. In June 2012, it was announced Marvel Entertainment, the creator of popular comic book heroes X-Men and The Avengers, was to lend its name to one of the zones, which will feature retail outlets, dining facilities and interactive entertainment.
An additional zone will be themed around the Cartoon Network, which owns intellectual property to children’s series Ben10, and The Lost Valley, which will be the first of its kind in the theme park industry and will include animatronic dinosaurs and rollercoaster rides.
"We have worked with the best ride designers in the business and many of the rides will be world-firsts in terms of the technology involved and ride experience, with a multitude of state-of-the-art attractions constituting a big part in bringing the epic adventure alive for visitors," added the spokesperson.
"All of the rides are being built in compliance with European safety standard EN13814, which governs the design, fabrication, installation, operation and maintenance of fairgrounds, amusement park machinery, structures and safety, in addition to the training of the operators and the maintenance staff."
Last week, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) said it had arranged and successfully closed an AED1.2bn ($326m) syndicated Islamic facility for the IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park.
ADIB said it acted as the mandated lead arranger, investment agent, security agent and account bank for the facility, which included a refinancing of its existing corporate facility and finance for the expansion of the project.