Dubai to build Disneyland-style theme park
Dubai will build a 2.04-million- square-meter Disneyland-style theme park which will incorporate scenes of some famous Hollywood movies, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.
The 8 billion dirhams (2.18 billion U.S. dollars) worth Universal City Dubailand is jointly developed by Tatweer, a company owned by Dubai government, and Universal Parks and Resorts (UPR), a unit of the U.S.-based media and entertainment company NBC Universal.
Visitors to the park will be able to relive fantasies and adventures in some of the biggest movies in Hollywood history including Jurassic Park and King Kong directed by Steven Spielberg, who is the creative consultant for Universal Studios theme parks.
"Mr Spielberg will help shape Universal Studios Dubailand into a unique and outstanding world-class facility," Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO of UPR was quoted as saying.
Universal's theme parks are known for some of most thrilling and technologically advanced "ride-the-movies" motion picture and television show-based attractions.
The first phase of the Universal City Dubailand, covering an area of 603,850 square meters, will be completed by 2010.
The park aims to attract 3.3 million visitors in its first year of operation and then up to around 5 million visitors per year, the report said.
Source: Xinhuaolies in the private sector.