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comprise a safari village, Arabian village, Asian village and African
village plus a children’s zoo, butterfly park and botanical garden in
addition to educational and veterinary facilities.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Opening in 2015, this 1.5 million square foot project will be the
world’s largest temperature-controlled indoor themed
entertainment destination with a capacity to welcome in excess of
20,000 visitors a day. It will be the first leisure destination in the
world to bring together global brands, Cartoon Network and
MARVEL in one location, in addition to Lost Valley – Dinosaur
Adventure, an original concept by the developers Ilyas & Mustafa
Galadari (IMG) Group.
Deira Fish Market
With A 2015 completion date, Dubai’s new 120,000 square foot fish
market at Al Hamriya will incorporate hundreds of fish and fruit and
vegetable stalls, spice shops and restaurants and is set to replace
the old fish market that has stood in Deira since 1988. Occupying
one of the most prominent locations on the Deira Corniche, it is
hoped the new market will become a tourist attraction promoting
traditional and heritage activities in “modern and sophisticated”
ways. There will be a dedicated area to host fish auctions so tourists
can see the traditional way of selling fish.
This structure will be an iconic centrepiece within Dubai’s Zabeel
Park. Rising 150 metres from the ground and 93 metres wide, the
hollow shape will resemble a huge picture frame. At the base,
visitors will follow a path detailing the history of Dubai using modern
technology, before taking an elevator up to the top of the frame at
150 metres where they will walk along a glass-floor bridge from
which they can enjoy impressive city views.
The idea for the design emerged from a worldwide architecture
competition that began in 2008 and ran for 13 months. The frame
concept by Dutch practice Donis emerged as the winner from
more than 2967 submissions by designers from 106 countries.
Completion is expected in 2015.
Hatta Village Inn and Market Project
Tourism in Dubai’s mountainous village Hatta is set for a boost
with the development of a ‘green’ motel and heritage market on
the main road between Hatta and Oman. The Hatta Heritage Souq
and Motel will incorporate as many as 46 stores and three main
restaurants. The first floor will comprise a multipurpose hall, 32
hotel rooms and two suites that overlook the neighbouring valley.
Completion in 2015.
Located in Al Khawaneej, this park will span 65 hectares and will
be designed with the Holy book of the Qu’ran in mind featuring
many of the 54 plants that are mentioned in the text, such as olive
trees, basil, figs and pomegranates. The park will include a
special Islamic garden, children’s play areas, an Umrah corner,
outdoor theatre, fountains, bathrooms, a desert garden, a palm
oasis, a lake, and running, cycling and walking tracks. Completion
is expected in September 2015.
Merlin Entertainments Group has confirmed it will go ahead with
developing a Legoland in Dubai, with the park slated to open in
2016. Construction work has begun but no further details about
the project are available.
Dubai Opera House and Dubai Opera District
A 2000-seat venue for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions,
orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programs is slated for
construction in downtown Dubai close to Burj Khalifa. As well as
being a venue with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and
support systems, it is envisaged that Dubai Opera will be as iconic
in appearance as the world-famous Sydney Opera House, styled
on the traditional sailing vessels of the Arabian Gulf.
Developed by Emaar Properties, the opera house will be the
centerpiece of a wider development known as Dubai Opera
District, featuring luxury hotels, elegantly designed residential and
serviced apartments, a retail plaza, waterfront promenades,
recreational spaces and parks.
Six Flags Theme Park
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional
theme park company, and Meraas Leisure and Entertainment,
have announced plans to bring a theme park to Dubai.
The project is planned to open in late 2017 and will be located
within the multi-themed park project in Jebel Ali launched by Meraas.
This is the first time the Six Flags brand would have been taken
outside North America.
Another major project is the 438-hectare site for World Expo 2020.
At the heart of the master plan will be an Arabian-style souq
design with the three main zones dedicated to the expo’s themes
of opportunity, mobility and sustainability.
The expo’s metro station will be located within a new mall to
serve the area, which will also encompass an Expo Village in
which about 2100 apartments will be built. Banks, medical
centres, food and beverage courts will cover the area.
As part of the core theme of sustainability, most structures
including the pavilions will be reused to create an exhibition and
conference centre, a university and a national museum dedicated
to the expo. m
To learn more about meetings and incentive travel in Dubai contact the
Australian and New Zealand director of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism
and Commerce Marketing, Julie King, on (02) 9956 6620 or email jking@
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