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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(9/4/21) Motiongate Dubai - John Wick and Now You See Me Coaster Updates (MORE...)
(4/26/21) Dubai Parks & Resorts Posts Q1 2021 Earnings Results (MORE...)
(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...)
Resort News - (4/26/21) The bad news is that Dubai Parks & Resorts has reported a Q1 2021 loss of 360 million dirhams ($98 million). The good news is that the loss in 2021 is actually is actually only about 63% of what DBX lost in Q1 2020, which was 564.6 million dirhams ($153.72 million). It seems a good sign that things are getting better, but they’ve got a ways to go still before the resort becomes profitable.
(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.
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
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)
2021 - 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 - (9/4/21) We haven’t heard much lately about the process on the new coasters coming to Motiongate Dubai, but a new picture taken outside the park shows that the two new coasters appear to be fully built for the John Wick: Open Contract and Now You See Me - High Roller attractions. You can see this picture as well as some construction shots from within the park taken in July over at ThemeparX. The entrance pathway to the Now You See Me coaster is interesting, as they appear to have built a mini-version of Las Vegas’ Fremont Street roof over the street going to the coaster. I wonder if it will have a video screen installed on the roof as well.
(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.