By Staff writer
IMG Worlds of Adventure appoints new CEO as 1.5 million sq ft theme park prepares to open its door
The world's largest indoor theme park being built in Dubai will open in early 2016, it has been announced.
The date for IMG Worlds of Adventure was revealed in a statement by IMG Theme Park announcing that it has promoted Lennard Otto to CEO.
As CEO, Otto will oversee the strategic vision, direction and operational leadership of the park, working to establish IMG Worlds of Adventure as a prominent international theme park, the statement said.
Otto will spearhead the park's future development, with an expansion plan that includes worldwide outreach, it added.
IMG Worlds of Adventure is a themed entertainment destination, with four epic adventure zones - Cartoon Network, MARVEL, Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard. The park will have the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day and will be the world's largest indoor theme park at 1.5 million square feet.
Commenting on Otto's promotion, Ilyas Galadari and Mustafa Galadari, executive co-chairmen and owners, said: "With a formidable track record of launching large hospitality developments both regionally and on an international front, Mr Otto is ideally placed for the role."
Otto added: "I am extremely proud and honoured to lead the team at IMG Worlds of Adventure... I am also excited for the future development of the park as I believe we have a highly replicable model that we can look to take into a global space in the future.'
He has held several senior management roles across major leisure designations throughout South Africa and the Middle East, with groups including John Buck International, Majid Al Futtaim, Atlantis and Jumeirah Group.
They should venture out into Africa more and open several branches. Eg: Namibia, there's no market whatsoever in terms of theme parks.
They need to open in Dubai first. "Early in 2016" means somewhere between 2017 and never....