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Work starts on DreamWorks zone of Dubai theme parks project

Zone will house 12 attractions, rides based on animated feature films such as Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda

Work starts on DreamWorks zone of Dubai theme parks project

Dubai Parks and Resorts on Wednesday announced that construction work has started on the DreamWorks zone within its motiongate Dubai theme park.

The company said in a statement that the DreamWorks zone has been designed as an enclosed steel-based structure built on approximately 730,000 square foot of land within the four million sq ft motiongate Dubai, scheduled for opening in the third quarter of 2016.

DreamWorks zone will house 12 attractions and rides, as well as character-themed dining and retail outlets based on popular animated feature films such as How to Train your Dragon, Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda.

Work on the steel structure that boasts a total capacity of approximately 53 million cubic feet has begun, leveraging around 5,400 tons of steel that have been fabricated into approximately 77 main trusses.

Two crawler cranes have been deployed to lift each truss and track into place, marking an important milestone for the development, the company said.

Dubai Parks and Resorts had earlier awarded the AED498 million ($135.5 million) main construction contract to Laing O'Rourke to construct, commission, test and complete the DreamWorks zone, including the substructure, superstructure, façade and roof, Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP), ride installation and fit-out works.

Commenting on the progress, Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts, said: "We are delighted to see the different entertainment projects within Dubai Parks and Resorts taking shape as planned. The smooth and seamless coordination with DreamWorks Animation has resulted in significantly accelerating the pace of the entire destination."

motiongate Dubai will host four zones featuring a total of 27 attractions, as well as retail, dinning, and entertainment options across all areas.

Dubai Parks and Resorts will comprise of three theme parks - motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai.

The mega leisure and entertainment destination will also feature Riverpark - a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel.

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