World’s largest indoor theme park to open in Dubai in August

Sunday 24/04/2016
Towards cementing Dubai’s standing as a tourist haven

DUBAI - Dubai will soon have a one-stop destination for families whose tastes run from Spider-Man to velociraptors to the Powerpuff Girls.

Local developer Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group said Sunday its new 1.5 million square-foot (139,355 square meter) indoor amusement park on the city's desert outskirts will open on August 15.

The $1 billion IMG Worlds of Adventure park includes one section centered on Marvel Comics and another branded by Cartoon Network.

Another zone is dedicated to dinosaurs and features a roller coaster to whisk thrill-seekers outside and back into the air-conditioned complex.

IMG said that the 1.5 million square feet indoor theme park located on Dubai’s outer Mohammed bin Zayed Road is almost complete and is set to be the largest indoor theme park in the world – about the size of 28 football fields. Tickets will go on sale on Monday.

IMG Worlds of Adventure goes head to head with a rival theme park in Jebel Ali expected two months later.

At a press conference on Sunday featuring life-size comic characters, IMG said that it expected to attract 4.5 million people in the first year of opening.

Tickets will be priced Dh300 for adults and Dh250 for children under 1.2 metres tall.

“Constructing the world’s largest indoor theme park comes with a degree of complexity. Something like this has never been constructed in this market," said Lennard Otto, the chief executive of IMG Worlds of Adventure.

“The Government has never seen an attraction of this scale. So there has been a learning curve for both our parties to be able to build out this scheme to the right level."

Dubai is increasingly looking to amusement parks to cement its standing as a tourist haven.

Another company is building a massive complex elsewhere in the 2020 World Expo host city that will include Legoland and Six Flags parks.