At a press conference on Saturday 17th December in front of the world’s media, Dubai Parks and Resorts marked the opening of its third theme park, MOTIONGATE Dubai.  The project, estimated to be worth over US$3 bn, is situated next to the highway from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.

Over 1,500 of the world’s media, UAE dignitaries and celebrities attended the formal inauguration of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s leading theme park destination.  200 children were also invited to attend the event in cooperation with the Awqaf and Minors affairs foundation and the Make A Wish Foundation.

The event, which was held in a specially built arena over the river at Riverland Dubai, showcased each of the three theme parks in a special show involving dancers and actors from Dubai Parks and Resorts’ live entertainment team.

The show also features a live performance of the Dubai Parks and Resorts official theme song entitled “All the Wonders of the Universe” by the composer himself, academy award winner Alan Menken who has written the scores for many of the world’s most famous animated movies.

The finale lit up the sky above the 30.6 million square feet destination with a pyrotechnic spectacular.

The festivity marked the official inauguration of all three theme parks: MOTIONGATE Dubai, the first ever collaboration between three of Hollywood’s most legendary studios, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks and Lionsgate; LEGOLAND Dubai, the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks Dubai, a first-of-its-kind theme park that showcases rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. It also hosted the LEGOLAND Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children aged 2-12. The entire destination is connected by Riverland Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining destination, and guests will be able to stay at the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.

Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO of DXB Entertainments PJSC, the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: “After three years, it is a very proud moment for us to present the region’s largest integrated theme park destination and we look forward to welcoming our guests to this very special inauguration event.”

“Our aim was to create a legacy for entertainment in the region, for the communities and charities we will support and for the residents and tourists who will make great memories and visit us again and again.  We are immensely proud of the destination we have created for the UAE and its visitors and would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues and partners for everything they have done to bring Dubai Parks and Resorts to life.”