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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(10/23/19) Dubai Parks and Resorts Sees Attendance Fall (MORE...)
(8/12/19) Dubai Parks & Resorts Reports Declines in 2019 (MORE...)
(7/4/19) Six Flags Agrees To Settlement Agreement Over Dubai Park With Interesting Additional Term (MORE...)
(4/28/19) Dubai Parks & Resorts Approves Plan To Add Up To A Dozen New Rides (MORE...)
Resort News - (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.
(3/31/19) ThemeParkInsider has posted an article where Dubai Parks & Resorts now mentions that while Six Flags Dubai is not happening for the foreseeable future, they now have plans to expand and all new attractions to their Motiongate and Bollywood theme parks instead in order to increase their own popularity and continue the rise of attendance at these parks. While they don’t say it, we’ve heard that a number of attractions intended for Six Flags Dubai were already under contract with the manufacturers, so we very well could see some of the attractions intended for the fourth gate to find new homes at the existing parks instead.
(2/7/19) At last Dubai PArks & Resorts have issued a statement regarding the fate of the Six Flags Dubai park project. After conducting a strategic review of their future development parks and capital expenditures revised projections were made for the Six Flags Dubai project that raised concerns with the project funders. As such “the Six Flags theme park project in Dubai cannot proceed as a syndicated finance facility is no longer available.”
While the “Six Flags Dubai project cannot proceed at this time”, they are carefully not to outright say that it is cancelled, only that it is “on hold” for the time being. That said… I wouldn’t count on seeing this change for a long time, if ever.
(2/4/19) It has been suggested to me that any rides ordered and already delivered for the possibly cancelled Six Flags Dubai theme park project can likely be paid for by Dubai Parks & Resorts and installed as new attractions at their Bollywood and Motiongate theme parks instead of at the Six Flags site. Just something else to think about while the fate of Six Flags Dubai is still officially said to be in the air.
(1/31/19) Screamscape sources have quietly sent in a little more information regarding the fate of Six Flags Dubai. According to what I’m told the funding for the park was was pulled back in October, which would match up with the reports that leaked to the local news sources a few weeks later that the entire Six Flags Dubai project was undergoing “a board-mandated review”.
According to the latest gossip, this sudden stop the project underwent after construction has already been well under way on the site, followed by this latest development, has not been well received by the many ride companies and vendors involved with the project. I’m not going to list company names, but a good number of well known ride companies were involved and were building, or had already built, ride hardware for this park and were awaiting assembly as well as payment.
From the sound of things, many were on board as they have previously been partners with Six Flags before at their US based theme parks… but Dubai Parks & Resorts was the true owner of Six Flags Dubai and in the end, was the one footing the bill for the project, which now looks to be leaving some big names in a very awkward position. Word is some of them have asked Six Flags to bring the projects to their US parks, but the cost to launch a whole new theme park ride collection into the chain all at once would be cost prohibitive. Maybe a ride or two perhaps could find their way to the US, but then again Six Flags is also involved with building parks in China right now as well as an alternative.
More as we find out…
(1/30/19) Some footage of the Six Flags Dubai construction site were posted by In The Loop this week (see below), and it just doesn’t look good for the project. The entire site looks dead with zero work taking place at all and what little was done, is just sitting idle and vacated.
On a related note, ThemeParkUniversity posted a new update this week as well claiming that not only is an announcement expected to be forthcoming in the near future that will cancel the Six Flags Dubai park, but could list a number of major changes coming to the Dubai Parks & Resorts as well. Even after seeing attendance gains, they claim that the resort may still be not breaking even, so some operational cost cutting measures may be put into play.
This could include opening the gates to the Bollywood park and instead of charging guests to enter the park and use everything, admission into the park would be free and they would allow guests to simply pay individually for each attraction they want to try. Labor cuts are also expected to trim the workforce where possible, or hiring more temporary or seasonal workers as opposed to full-time staff where possible.
(1/16/19) Good news for Dubai Parks & Resorts this week, as the 2018 came to a close with the resort able to report an overall 22% attendance increase over 2017. All together, they reported serving 2.8 million visitors to the resort in 2018.
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
2019 - New Shows - (11/8/18) This report from GulfBusiness claims they are planning on adding “11 new shows” to the Bollywood park in the first half of 2019 and that they have also apparently just “revised” their ticket prices ahead of the busy winter season “to increase our admissions yield.”
Other areas of focus for improvements involve Riverland Dubai, as well as a note about how they are “repositioning the park [Bollywood Parks Dubai] to provide a more inclusive family experience.” While I haven’t visited the park to know for sure, I'm guessing this may translating as a desire to make the park more kid friendly and in line with the offerings at the Legoland and Motiongate Dubai parks.
LEGOLAND Dubai (Opened Oct. 31, 2016)
Park News - Nothing to report at this 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 - (10/11/18) Apparently some kind of Halloween event may be coming to Motiongate Dubai in the very near future… because DXD Parks & Resorts posted a very interesting tweet (see below).
SIX FLAGS DUBAI
CANCELED - New Park - (2/7/19) At last Dubai PArks & Resorts have issued a statement regarding the fate of the Six Flags Dubai park project. After conducting a strategic review of their future development parks and capital expenditures revised projections were made for the Six Flags Dubai project that raised concerns with the project funders. As such “the Six Flags theme park project in Dubai cannot proceed as a syndicated finance facility is no longer available.”
While the “Six Flags Dubai project cannot proceed at this time”, they are carefully not to outright say that it is cancelled, only that it is “on hold” for the time being. That said… I wouldn't count on seeing this change for a long time, if ever.