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IMG says to build second indoor theme park in Dubai

IMG Worlds of Legends will span 2m sq ft, will connect to IMG Worlds of Adventure via walkway

IMG says to build second indoor theme park in Dubai
IMG Worlds of Legends will sit adjacent to IMG Worlds of Adventure and have six global entertainment brands that have chosen Dubai and IMG Worlds as the home of their first ever theme park, as well as two from the existing theme park, making it one of the biggest global licensing deals of its kind, developer Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group said.

The biggest indoor theme park in the world, Dubai’s IMG Worlds of Adventure, will be expanded to include a two million square foot additional park, with attractions based on eight global brands, its developer announced on Tuesday.

IMG Worlds of Legends will sit adjacent to IMG Worlds of Adventure and have six global entertainment brands that have chosen Dubai and IMG Worlds as the home of their first ever theme park, as well as two from the existing theme park, making it one of the biggest global licensing deals of its kind, developer Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group said.

The new park comprises nine ‘zones’ spread across two million square feet of temperature controlled space with a retractable roof.

It will feature futuristic interactive rollercoasters and rides, water-based attractions and live entertainment, IMG said.

Attractions will include characters from global brands, such as Nickelodeon – including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants; Ubisoft– including Assassin’s Creed and Raving Rabbids; Saban Brands, including Power Rangers; Mattel – including Barbie doll, Bob the Builder and Thomas & Friends; Pokémon; the Animé Zone, and Cartoon Network and Lost Valley, whose characters are already represented at IMG Worlds of Adventure.

IMG Worlds of Legends will also feature 104,000 square feet of food and beverage space and 102,000 square feet of shops and merchandise.

IMG Worlds of Legends will connect to IMG Worlds of Adventure via a state-of-the-art sky bridge that will double as a gateway to the park, the company said. There will also be a pedestrian walkway, allowing easy transit between the two parks.

Guests will be able to purchase tickets to each park separately or choose a multiple park pass for the ultimate day out for families and friends.

Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari, owners of the IMG Group, said: “We are building on the success of IMG Worlds of Adventure with the next phase of growth – IMG Worlds of Legends. We are committed to bringing the boldest, most dynamic attractions to Dubai, combining innovative rides with value entertainment for the whole family.”

Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds, added: “IMG Worlds continues to attract truly international brands to Dubai and we are now one of the principal players in the global theme park industry.

We have executed on our brand portfolio strategy, bringing together the biggest names in the industry under one umbrella to create the ultimate leisure and entertainment destination.”

IMG World of Adventure opened in August and spans 1.5 million square feet, equivalent to 28 football fields.

It includes a range of roller coasters and attractions, as well as 28 dining offerings and 25 retail outlets.

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Jean Charles 2 years ago

What happened to the City of Arabia development and the Mall of Arabia?