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UK's Merlin inks deal to open Legoland Water Park in Dubai

Dubai Parks and Resorts teams up with Merlin Entertainments to build new theme park attraction

UK's Merlin inks deal to open Legoland Water Park in Dubai

Dubai Parks and Resorts has teamed up with UK-based Merlin Entertainments, the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator and a FTSE 100 company, to launch plans for a Legoland Water Park in the emirate.

The water park will be part of the wider Legoland Dubai theme park, which is already in development, the company said on Wednesday.

Aimed at children ages two to 12, the new water park will feature some of Legoland's most popular water attractions including a half-million gallon wave pool; the Build-A-Raft River, and the interactive Imagination Station.

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: "We are very pleased to partner with Merlin Entertainments to bring this unique water park concept to the UAE as an exciting new element to the Legoland Dubai theme park."

Legoland Dubai, the first in the Middle East, will cover a total of three million square feet made from more than 60 million Lego bricks. This includes over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions set in six themed lands - Lego City, Adventure, Lego Kingdom, Lego Create, Lego Factory, and Miniland which showcases some of the most iconic buildings and landmarks from Dubai and the Middle East - replicated to scale in Lego bricks.

Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments, added: "We already have a strong working partnership with Dubai Parks and Resorts and this Legoland Water Park is an exciting and natural extension to our existing Park development here in Dubai."

Dubai Parks and Resorts is set to be the region's largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination when it opens in October 2016.

In addition to Legoland Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts will also comprise motiongate Dubai, and Bollywood Parks Dubai - all connected by Riverland Dubai, a retail, dining and entertainment walkway. The development will also feature the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort for families.

The project has a projected target of over 6.7 million ticketed visits in 2017, its first full year of operation.

Set to open in October 2016, the large-scale AED10.5 billion project is spread across 25 million square feet of land located on Sheikh Zayed Road close to the Palm Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Ulevpri 5 years ago

So we are back to announce and launch and launch and announce.
Should this company not finish one project after the next? Meraas isn't a big company with an experience in Hotels and Leisure like e.g. Emaar... they over announce... Step by step and being sure to finish projects should be the aim... and not announce and launch without knowing if it will ever happen...

HAZ 5 years ago

You Should check the progress of their project before you talk....DPR, Blue Water Island, Citywalk etc....

Ulevpri 5 years ago

@HAZ: AND? Nothing big so far, no entertainment parks so far, no Hotels so far, no leisure facilities so far... nothing but announcing... you should check before you talk...

HAZ 5 years ago

......and construction. See the construction sites of the park, or even check the visible progress via Google Earth. Do you expect something to show up without it being built?!