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Look who's opening a theme park in Dubai

Six Flags to open attraction next to Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai doesn’t do things in half measures; heck, sometimes full measures aren't even enough. For instance, later this year, the emirate will welcome the opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts, a huge endeavor comprising three theme parks – Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Park Dubai – as well as a huge retail and dining precinct, and 500-room hotel. It’ll be the first time three major theme parks will open at the same time.



But not one to rest on its laurels, Dubai is already planning the next phase of its theme park drive, which forms part of an overall strategy of attracting more family tourism.


This week, the world’s largest regional theme park company, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation released plans for Six Flags Dubai, which is scheduled to open in late 2019.


Six Flags Dubai will be the first dedicated thrill park in the GCC region, and will feature among its 27 rides and attractions record-breaking roller coasters and water slides, virtual reality experiences, a next generation 4-D interactive dark ride and an after-dark lightshow.


Until then, there won’t be any shortage of family entertainment in the region, with Dubai Parks and Resorts set to open in October.



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Speaking to Traveltalk at the recent Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai Parks and Resorts chief destination management officer Vinit Shah said there would be nothing comparable to the venture.


“The biggest thing is the scale right now; we have three different offerings appealing to a wide demographic,” he said. Part of that demographic he hopes will be a rapidly expanding Australian visitor market.


“Thanks to the tie-up between Emirates and Qantas, there’s a lot of Australian traffic flowing through Dubai now … and we want to see how we can draw this market to our parks.”


The writer was in Dubai as a guest of Dubai Tourism and Emirates, and stayed at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Read a review of the hotel.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 6 May 2016

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