The official opening of the Middle East’s largest theme park destination was marked on 18th December with a grand inauguration ceremony in the presence of VIP dignitaries.
Over 1,500 of the world’s media, UAE dignitaries and celebrities attended the formal inauguration of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s leading theme park destination. 200 children were also invited to attend the event in cooperation with the Awqaf and Minors affairs foundation and the Make A Wish Foundation.
In a welcoming speech Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO of DXB Entertainments PJSC, the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: “After three years, it is a very proud moment for us to present the region’s largest integrated theme park destination and we look forward to welcoming our guests to this very special inauguration event.”
“Our aim was to create a legacy for entertainment in the region, for the communities and charities we will support and for the residents and tourists who will make great memories and visit us again and again. We are immensely proud of the destination we have created for the UAE and its visitors and would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues and partners for everything they have done to bring Dubai Parks and Resorts to life.”
The event, was held in a specially built arena over the river at Riverland™ Dubai, and showcased each of its three theme parks in a very special show involving the dancers and actors from Dubai Parks and Resorts’ live entertainment team who perform in shows such as the Bollywood musical, Jaan-e-Jigar and Step Up All In, inspired by the Step Up film franchise.
The show also featured a live performance of the Dubai Parks and Resorts official theme song entitled “All the Wonders of the Universe” by the composer himself, academy award winner Alan Menken who has written the scores for many of the world’s most famous animated movies.
The finale lit up the sky above the 30.6 million square feet destination with a pyrotechnic spectacular.
Dubai Parks and Resorts is a mega new destination comprising three separate theme parks, a water park, a uniquely themed dining and retail district and a Polynesian themed family hotel covering 30.6 million square feet: The destination includes LEGOLAND® Dubai, the region’s first LEGOLAND®; a Hollywood-inspired park called MOTIONGATE™ Dubai; and Bollywood Parks is the world’s first Bollywood theme park based on some of its biggest blockbusters.
The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining district, and guests will be able to stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
The resort will also host the LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children aged 2-12, which will open in the near future.
Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be destinations fourth theme park and the regions first Six Flags theme park.