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    Dubailand

    Is there any news on a Disneyland in Dubailand? How can itīs a small world and pirates compete against what they are building over there?
    A friend of mine is going there soon. People talk about it like there never even was a Disneyland.
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    Re: Dubailand

    I checked out their website (DUBAILAND™) and have to say it isn't really the best laid out site. I went in with a lot of questions (since I don't really know a lot about Dubailand) and left with most if them unanswered.

    It appears as if it's still under construction, if it has even started yet, who knows. Their lack of press releases is humiliating at best. But, it proudly shows that both Dreamworks and Six Flags are "Coming to Dubailand" so I am strongly 100% sure that Disney will not put their feet in that water. Disney like to buy it's own land and be an entire separate entity. While it is very hard to say of Disney will hit the Dubai market, you can be assured that it will most likely lay outside of the city limits (in these desert? Ew...).

    All in all though, I wish the place had a better website, it would be interesting to see what they have in store for the public. And will it out-do anything Disney has done? Probably not...

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    Re: Dubailand

    I fully expect most of the Dubai theme park projects to fall through. Since the projects were announced, the world economy has fallen apart and financing for these projects may be in doubt.

    Disney would be stupid to place a park in an area fueled entirely by the oil economy. When big oil finally fails (and it will), so will many businesses which rely on that region. After all, few people would choose to visit Dubai for the weather! I've been there - It was a bit like taking a bath in hell. TOO hot for outdoor theme parks!!!
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    Re: Dubailand

    It's a pretty large project with some incredible looking architecture, you can check out their model here. As you can see from there its a lump of several hotels, parkts etc.. There are a couple pages on that thread, don't stop after going through the first page.
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    Re: Dubailand

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrimGrinner View Post
    Their lack of press releases is humiliating at best. But, it proudly shows that both Dreamworks and Six Flags are "Coming to Dubailand"

    Hit Ent. to build Dubai theme park - 2/22/08
    http://micechat.com/forums/non-disne...heme-park.html

    Marvel theme park set for Dubai - Variety 3/21/07
    http://micechat.com/forums/non-disne...3-21-07-a.html

    At this point it still appears that Disney's interests there are on screen:

    The Mouse has landed in the Middle East.

    Disney is in advanced negotiations with Lebanese helmer Chadi Zeneddine to finance and produce "The Last of the Storytellers."

    The Mouse House’s first feature in Arabic will mark the start of an expansion drive by Disney execs into the region.

    Pic, which will also be produced by Rachel Gandin, will draw on the Arab world’s rich folkloric traditions. "The Last of the Storytellers" should go into production by the end of 2009.

    Disney has big plans for the Middle East. The Arab world has a population of some 300 million people, and with two-thirds under age 30, the market is a natural for family-friendly Disney fare. Disney expects to announce two more Arabic-language features in time for the fifth edition of the Dubai Film Festival, which unspools in December.

    "There’s a lot of opportunity for us in the Middle East," said a Disney exec, who insisted on anonymity. "There’s a lot of room for growth for us. It’s the international territory that we’re most excited about expanding into."

    Disney may be the first of the majors to announce its Middle Eastern plans, but the other studios are also seriously eyeing the region.
    Disney expands into Middle East - 10/8/08
    http://micechat.com/forums/news/1054...ddle-east.html
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    Re: Dubailand

    The lack of information on Dubailands homepage makes one wonder if what has been told really is true.
    If they only build half of what semes planned that place will be the entertainment capital of the world.
    I just wish Disney dared to take a stepp into the future and think beyond simple rides with dolls dancing in a small world. That was what Walt once did with Epcot...
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    Re: Dubailand

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    I fully expect most of the Dubai theme park projects to fall through. Since the projects were announced, the world economy has fallen apart and financing for these projects may be in doubt.

    Disney would be stupid to place a park in an area fueled entirely by the oil economy. When big oil finally fails (and it will), so will many businesses which rely on that region. After all, few people would choose to visit Dubai for the weather! I've been there - It was a bit like taking a bath in hell. TOO hot for outdoor theme parks!!!
    I wouldn't be so pessimistic. Dubai is developing itself as a financial, transportation, and tourist center exactly because it wants a future beyond oil...kind of like Singapore crossed with Las Vegas. Unlike Disney, Dubai as a whole is maintaining an extremely high standard in its offerings...anyone interested can check a book that came out recently called "Dubai Chic." Until proven otherwise I would think they would expect as much of any theme park. It's true that most of the other countries in the region haven't made good use of their oil money yet...but there is time enough for them to so, and fully expect that at least some of them will. Weatherwise...do not go there in summer. Winter definitely better. Plus people are much more active in evening and night for socialization, compared to daytime, for obvious reasons
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    Re: Dubailand

    Its a huge idea, but there's no way that any area can support that many theme parks. I mean they're talking about having a Sea World, a Busch Gardens, a Discovery Cove, a Universal, a Six Flags, and a ton of other parks that I can't remember as well. There were a ton of parks being mentioned for that area. I just don't see all of them making it.

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    Dubai is oil-poor (not to be confused with their oil-rich southern neighbor, Abu Dhabi), so they've derived wealth from being a huge shipping hub for the region, financial center, shopping haven and real estate speculation (which has just busted like the rest of the planet). Dubai is already a popular tourist destination, particularly for shopping, food and the beaches. When it's freezing in Europe, it's beautiful in Dubai. Currently, the tourism is very high-end. For example, Versace is planning to build a hotel with air-conditioned sand.

    As for Dubailand, some of it is being scuttled and delayed as we write this. Some of the more outlandish parks such as a huge snow dome in the desert, and a water park with a Titanic size hotel in the middle have been cancelled. That said, there's already Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates, and two world-class water parks in Dubai (one attached to the 7-star Burj Al-Arab hotel, and another attached to the recently opened Atlantic on the Palm Jumeirah artificial island), so they were redundant anyway.
    Legoland should be delivered on time. The Dubai government itself owns 20% of Merlin Entertainment, the majority owners of Legoland.
    Universal Studios already has offices in Dubai with some preliminary construction done. This one should get done eventually.
    The dinosaur theme park, Restless Planet, is under heavy construction attached to the world's next biggest mall, City of Arabia, and should open in 2010.
    A Marvel theme park is planned to 2012, we shall see.
    A Six Flags theme park is planned for 2012 but the rumor is that is now cancelled with Six Flags about to go bust anyway.
    Hit Entertainment offerings will be rolled into one of the other parks rather than have its own park.
    Dreamworks Animation is a wild card for a park since they've never done a park. The Dubai government owns a good deal of equity in Dreamworks Animation so this park may happen.
    The Busch Gardens parks are not a part of Dubailand, but for the next artificial islands at Palm Jebel Ali. The parks have been shelved due to the world financial crisis, and probably until a new owner is found for the parks.

    In short, Dubailand is a huge project and there are a lot of cranes out there in the desert building something or other. A lot of it will probably be delayed, but some of it will eventually come to fruition. Dubai's future as a tourist destination depends on it so they know they have no choice but to build at least some of it.
    Will Disney come to Dubai? I would say that's a zero percent chance.
    On the other hand... the quiet rumor is Disney may go to Abu Dhabi for an extravagant MK-style park. AD is already building a few things of the highest quality, not quantity.... such as Guggenheim and Louvre extensions, and the first Ferrari theme park. Disney would be the ultimate feather in Abu Dhabi's "culture-destination" cap, and they would love to use it to stick it to Dubai in their friendly rivalry (think NYC vs. LA) of one-upsmanship.

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    Re: Dubailand

    With the way that Dubai is halting all major construction because of lack of funds... well I don't see this park happening any time soon. And if it does, I'm going to assume it won't last long and wind up another abandoned park.

    The housing marking in Dubai has dropped and not in the good way either.... where would the money come from?
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    Forgot to mention the Formula-1 theme park in Dubailand is almost done, and should open by late this year.

    The real estate market has tanked in Dubai like the rest of the world. They have other ways of making money such as their huge shipping business and hub, plus they're the regional headquarters for a lot of international corporations. In addition, the ruling family personally has billions it can pump in to keep stuff going as they know tourism is a big part of their future.

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    Re: Dubailand

    has anyone been there? a friend of mine is going but she is not into themeparks................................... ............ ............ ..

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    Re: Dubailand

    Been to Dubailand or been to Dubai? There are only a couple of things in Dubailand that are currently open, and one is seasonal and closing next week. As for Dubai itself, there's certainly a week's worth of activities that are worth seeing.

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    Re: Dubailand

    Quote Originally Posted by vfire View Post
    Been to Dubailand or been to Dubai? There are only a couple of things in Dubailand that are currently open, and one is seasonal and closing next week. As for Dubai itself, there's certainly a week's worth of activities that are worth seeing.
    Rumor has it Six Flag's is canceling its Dubai project, as well as Busch putting their Worlds of Discovery project on hold). Slowly but surley it's starting to fall apart/not going to happen as soon as we hoped.


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    Re: Dubailand

    Things are not very rosy in Dubai right now either.

    Here's an interesting article on the state of the economy in Dubai from the NY Times. Seems this recession is worldwide.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/wo...t/12dubai.html

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