DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS
Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company
Amusement Resort complex featuring Riverland Dubai retail / dining area, the Lapita Hotel, and several theme parks:
MOTIONGATE Dubai (Opened Dec. 16, 2016)
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
LEGOLAND Dubai - (Opened Oct. 31, 2016) & LEGOLAND Water Park (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
SIX FLAGS DUBAI - CANCELED
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(2/17/21) Motiongate Dubai Opens New Original Show Attraction (MORE...)
(2/4/21) Bollywood Dubai's New Skyflyer Is The Tallest In The World (MORE...)
(1/25/21) Bollywood Parks Dubai - New Pictures Of The Rides Just Added (MORE...)
(1/15/21) Bollywood Park Dubai To Open 10 New Rides This Year (MORE...)
Resort News - (1/2/21) Construction photos of the two new coasters going into Motiongate as well as a peek at the wooden coaster going up at Bollywood Park can be seen at the top of the latest update to TheCoasterKings. The two coasters at Motiongate have gone up very quickly, with work installing the track on both projects said to be nearly complete.
In other news regarding the status of DXB Entertainment, it has been reported that the CEO (Mohamed Almulla) has officially resigned from the company, which is likely in response to the current buyout deal taking place as Meraas attempts to buyout DXB’s debts and take the theme park resort company private. DXB’s current CFO is now serving as acting CEO for the time being.
(12/23/20) According to news reports Meraas Holdings, the majority shareholder of DXB Entertainments, has made a cash offer to fully acquire the rest of the company who owns the Dubai Parks & Resorts project. It’s worth mentioning that Meraas is backed by the Dubai government, and the buyout offer to shareholders is apparently just $0.02 a share, below the company’s $0.03 a share price it was at on Sunday.
Given the financial troubles the theme park resort has been in since they opened, even before COVID-19 struck, taking the resort private under one owner is probably for the best.
(9/15/20) According to this news report the Motiongate Dubai theme park is now confirmed to be reopening to guests on Sept. 23, 2020 along with the nearby Lapita Hotel.
(7/7/20) According to this news report Dubai Parks & Resorts has confirmed that they will keep their theme parks closed over the summer, with plans to reopen them on September 23, 2020. In the meantime the resort said they will focus on adding up to 12 new attractions over the closure, as well as performing needed park maintenance projects. The 12 new rides will be impressive, with eight planned to be ready to open by Q3 2020 and the remaining four rides to be open by Q4 2020.
The summer closure is not expected to be too harmful for the parks as the summer season in Dubai is actually the park’s slow season due to the heat.
(4/2/20) DXB has reached an agreement with their banks to defer a substantial amount of interest on a $1.1 billion loan over the next 15 months. According to NASDAQ the new agreement will improve the Dubai theme park resort’s “near-term liquidity”.
(3/10/20) Bloomberg reports that two of Dubai’s biggest banks have bought out the loans for the DXB Entertainment resort and theme parks as part of a plan to support the struggling company. They say the banks bought the debt at a discount from the previous non-UAE based lenders to allow for owner, Merass Holding LLC, to restructure the DXB Entertainment. According to the report DXB has not posted a profit since being listed in 2014 and is likely facing a challenging year ahead as virus concerns from potential guests are being added onto the list of troubles for the company. A shareholder vote is expected to take place on March 24th to approve DXB’s continued operations and go over plans to address the company’s losses.
(10/23/19) According to this report attendance at the Dubai Parks and Resorts attraction complex dropped about 20% this quarter compared to last year, bringing in just 401,000 guests in Q3 2019 compared to 501,000 in Q3 2018. DXB placed the blame on a reduction in visits by local guests, and says they are shifting their focus on attracting more international guests to the site which currently makes up just 42% of their visitors.
They claim to have big events on deck that they hope will draw in big numbers during Q4, but so far for the first nine months of 2019 they had 1.8 million guests, compared to 1.96 visits over the first nine months of 2018. The resorts on site hotel, Lapita, also averaged only a 60% occupancy rate over the first nine months of 2019.
(8/12/19) The latest financial reports from DXB Entertainment indicates that revenue was down 13% for the first half of 2019, compared to the first half of 2018, with attendance also dropping from 1.46 million during the first six months of 2018 down to 1.4 million in 2019. The good news is that the ‘net loss’ in 2019 was actually 4% less than it was the year before due to cuts made to curb their operating costs.
This article also confirms that they are working on future plans for their existing parks to add in 10 to 12 new attractions that were previously purchased for the now canceled Six Flags Dubai theme park.
(7/4/19) In a settlement with Six Flags over putting the Six Flags Dubai theme park project on indefinate hold, DXB Entertainments will pay Six Flags $7.5 million. In exchange SF Dubai LLC will retain the “right of first refusal to use the IP rights in the UAE over the next five years” and that there will be no further claims between the two under the settlement.
Best Translation: the Dubai company “has first dibs” on the rights to build the first Six Flags park anywhere in the entire UAE, not just Dubai, but it has to act on it within the next five years or lose those exclusive rights to anyone else willing to build one.
(4/28/19) According to the latest update posted by our friends at BlooLoop, as rumored, a number of the rides and attractions originally meant for the planned Six Flags Dubai theme park will now be installed at the existing MotionGate and Bollywood parks in Dubai. This enhancement plan has been approved by DBX’s shareholders and will see about 10 to 12 new attractions added over the next several years. This latest development also officially put an end to the plans of building a “Six Flags Dubai” theme park at the site.
The resort also plans to open a number of new hotel rooms by 2020, with the addition of a “Rove Hotel” opening in late 2019 and an official Legoland Hotel opening in 2020.
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...
2021 - 10 New Rides / GCI Wooden Roller Coaster / Observation Wheel - (2/4/21) According to CNN the new Bollywood Skyflyer ride that opened at the Bollywood park in Dubai on January 21, 2021 is now said to be the tallest swing ride in the world. The Bollywood ride stands 460 feet tall, edging out the previous record holder, the Orlando Starflyer, by just 10 feet.
(1/25/21) A new photo update shows off all the new attractions that have opened at Bollywood Parks Dubai, as posted by ThemeparX. The collection of new rides is thought to have been leftover from the proposed Six Flags Dubai park that was canceled after early construction had begun, leaving the resort to look for new locations and themes to add them to their existing parks.
(1/15/21) According to this report Bollywood Park Dubai will see a total of nine new rides added when the park reopens for the season on January 21, 2021. The list includes:
The Bollywood Skyflyer - standing 140 meters tall
Wheel of Stars - a 55-meter tall Ferris wheel
Taxi No. 1 - an 88-meter long family roller coaster
Abraa ka Dabree - A swinging ride
Mansoon Masti - a new water ride
Rodeo Ki Sawari - new rodeo themed flat ride
Hawa Hawai - hang glider ride
Tanga No. 13 - a carriage ride around the Gateway of India
The Rocket - kiddie rocket ride
Later this year a 10th ride will open, the Bombay Express, the park’s new wooden coaster that we’ve already seen pictures of under construction.
(11/4/20) New pictures showing off the construction of an observation wheel and the new wooden coaster at the Bollywood theme park in Dubai can be found at ThemeparX this week. Based on the photos I’m guessing this will be a smaller sized wooden roller coaster, probably topping off between 90 and 110 feet. Keep in mind that many wooden coasters this size can provide the perfect amount of thrills. Wooden coasters don’t have to be huge to be thrilling, often times the more modest sized coasters can provide the best experience.
(8/24/20) Here is a welcome surprise for 2020… would you believe that a brand new wooden coaster was spotted under construction in Dubai? According to the post from the European Coaster Club, pictures of a large lift hill for a wooden coaster with a steel support structure (said to be GCI) were shown going up inside the Bollywood Park. Based on the timeframe and state of construction, I’m guessing this new coaster will be ready to open sometime in 2021.
LEGOLAND Dubai (Opened Oct. 31, 2016)
2020 - Nothing is known at this point in time...
???? - Legoland Hotel - (8/11/17) During a report about the first six months of operation from DXB Entertainments, I found it interesting that they mention a "proposed Legoland Hotel" and not a confirmed Legoland Hotel, which means that they will likely hold off on starting this project until they can stop the financial bleeding and get their numbers up.
(2/15/17) According to a press release from DXB Entertainments PJSC and Merlin Entertainments Group, the Dubai Parks and Resorts project will soon be home to a LEGOLAND Hotel. The new 250-room hotel will be placed next to the new LEGOLAND Dubai theme park and feature Lego themed rooms, a Castle Play Area and more. The deal is described as a 60/40 joint venture (with Merlin being the 40%), but Merlin will also be in charge of the operations of the hotel as they are with the LEGOLAND parks.
MOTIONGATE DUBAI (Opened Dec. 16, 2016)
Park News - (2/17/21) Motiongate Dubai has opened a new show at the park it seems, and one based on an IP that the park created itself rather than using an existing entertainment property. The new show is called “Into the Deadlands: Ice Storm” and it replacing the former Step Up Dubai show in the park’s Hollywood Theater. It looks to be a very high action oriented show, set up as if the audience is watching the filming of a new action movie.
2021 - John Wick: Open Contract & Now You See Me - High Roller - Confirmed - (10/28/20) According to a Tweet from the European Coaster Club, the new Now You See Me: High Roller spinning coaster from Maurer will be unique and become the fastest spinning coaster to use single cars, hitting a top speed of 70km/h.
(10/23/20) Motiongate Dubai has announced two new themed roller coasters coming to the park, themed after Lionsgate film properties, both of which are expected to be ready to open by the end of 2021.
The first one will be the first attraction themed to the John Wick film series starring Keanu Reeves. Based on the concept art, this one appears to be an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster to be called John Wick: Open Contract. Based on the concept art it looks like the station and bottom of the coaster may be enclosed inside a building facade, which makes sense given the heat in Dubai, with the ride’s queue to run through a building structure themed as the Continental hotel. The queue itself promises to have two different stories to be told, depending on which paths guests take through the queue experience.
The other coaster will be called Now You See Me - High Roller, based on the Now You See Me film series where stage magicians pull off heists. The coaster system selected for this ride appears to be Maurer Spinning Coaster with a custom track layout. Guests will start off the experience by entering the queue themed as a casino with the plans for a new heist already in progress.