Legoland Sets up Shop in Giant Dubai Complex

The first ever Legoland in the Middle East is set to be built as part of a huge entertainment complex in Dubai. The complex, which looks set to begin building its first stage relatively soon, is expected to be completed by 2016.

The Lego-themed theme park, which is a key factor of the Dubai Parks and Resorts project, is part of the country’s aim to increase its tourism numbers and values to up to 20 million annual tourists by 2020 – three million more visitors per year than London. It’s location in Dubai’s Jebel Ali area (the region best known as the location of the palm-shaped island) is sure to be a selling point for families and young travellers alike.

The Legoland theme park will be one of three theme parks which are set to make up the Dubai Parks and Resort project. Other developments on the site will include the ‘Dubai Eye’, the world’s biggest Ferris wheel, and a ‘Motiongate Dubai’ Hollywood-themed park.

Legoland previously had plans to develop a park within Dubai, but development plans were countered by the global financial crisis in 2008. Now, the new park plans to feature an interactive world specifically designed for children between the ages of two and twelve and include all of the favourite features enjoyed by the millions of Lego theme park visitors each year.

The new park in Dubai will join six others across the world, including two in the United States of America, one in Germany, one in Denmark, one in the UK and another in Malaysia.

Everyone may remember that Dubai’s innovative building developments haven’t always gone to plan. The construction of The World, the artificial archipelago of over 300 islands depicting the globe began in 2003 but was put on the back burner after the recession hit in 2008. As of late 2013, only two of the islands had actually been developed.

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