By Lynne Roberts
Dubailand finalises designs for $900mn Marvel theme park, with offsite trial runs already underway.
Dubailand revealed on Tuesday details of the design and conceptual master plan for its $900 million Marvel Superheroes theme park which aims to attract 3.5 million visitors each year.
The 4.5 million square feet project will be divided into three districts, including City Centrum, the Hub, and the Marvel Academy. Three of the park’s rides - Flying with Spidey, Fantasticar and X-men: Danger Room - are already undergoing offsite trial runs prior to installation, Dubailand said in a statement.
The park will boast 17 rides and attractions along with nine retail stores over 30,000 square feet, and more than 40 food and drink outlets, including carts selling light refreshments.
Groundbreaking for the project is expected in the first quarter of 2009, with the theme park scheduled to open its doors on December 31, 2012.
Marvel Entertainment is responsible for legendary super hero characters such as Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and the Mighty Thor, as well as teams such as the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
The US firm originally signed a deal with UAE-based Al Ahli Group in March last year to set up a superhero theme park within the group’s Al Ahli Park development.
However, Tatweer announced last month it would take over the development within its $64 billion tourism, leisure and entertainment mega-project Dubailand. RELATED: Al-Ahli loses out to Tatweer on Marvel theme park