I guess Disney view all that expansion in Dubai as a direct competition to its very own Walt Disney World. Dubai does not have a massive population living there so in order for these parks to be filled up its going to have to rely on visitors from outside the Emirates. By adding a Disney park here you are taking away all the appeal that Orlando has to offer which would not be in Disney's best interest. Also you have to take into account despite rules relaxing, Dubai is still a very strict place and I'm still interested in how these parks are going to handle times like during Ramadam where its against the law for anyone to be seen eating and drinking in public during day light hours. I also here Dubailand is currently putting a number of planned parks on hold at the moment.
Speaking of which, I wonder why Disney is not considering building a Disneyland in Dubai (other than maybe cause Universal is already building a park there). But that area is experiencing a huge resort and theme park boom. Not to mention UAE is one of the richest countries in the world right now and they would love to have that kind of stuff.
Most of the Guest who visit Tokyo Disney Resort are from Japan and international Guest represent a very small number like 1%. With a population of a billion China is not short in filling up a couple of Disney parks 365 days a year. Than you take into account how many other people that live in other parts of Asia who may also be interested in visiting Disney, the numbers could be huge but whats stopping it from happening is the fact the current park is clearly not worth the trip. So Hong Kong Disneyland is currently having to rely on the few tourist and locals that it manages to attract each year.
The problem I'm concerned about is over-stretching the audience. HKDL, SDL, and even TDL are all very close to each other, and I'm not sure there's enough people that can afford to fly to Disneyland to keep all of them successful.
As far as I'm aware Universal actually don't own any of the parks in devolpment and only has a licensing deal, and agreement that Universal Creative will design and build everything.
IMO Universal is expanding more intelligently than Disney...and so far, they haven't built or designed a single cheap or half-day park yet...unlike Disney...which so far has five such parks to its name.