The UAE government has approved AED10bn ($2.7bn) leisure and entertainment complex in Jebel Ali, Dubai, which will feature five theme parks based on movies, animals and fun characters.
Developer Meraas Holding, which secured the contract to develop the complex, initiated its plans for the first phase of the development, known as Dubai Adventure Studios, in December 2011.
Dubai Adventure Studios will feature Hollywood brands and Bollywood Parks connected to Mumbai studios in India.
The first phase of the development, which is anticipated to be complete by 2014, will include a water and marine life park to showcase aquatic life, animal encounters and live shows, and will also feature rides and attractions.
It will also feature a children’s theme park and night safari to showcase the adventures of the wild desert.
The theme parks will be linked by a district featuring retail and dining offerings.
Meraas Holding chairman Abdulla Ahmed Mohammed Al Habbai said that the company has been working with several industry experts on the development.
"The new initiative comes in response to Dubai’s status as a top global touristic destination, which will contribute to the growth of the economy," Al Habbai said.
"With work on critical infrastructure including transport links gaining speed in the emirates, Dubai’s projections for the tourism sector are optimistic and well-founded."
The UAE government recently unveiled plans for a new city in Dubai, which will feature a park 30% larger than Hyde Park in London, UK.
Image: The $2.7bn leisure and entertainment complex in Dubai will feature five theme parks. Photo: courtesy of www.sheikhmohammed.ae.