With Eid Al Adha approaching, LEGOLAND® Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination set to open on 31 October 2016, have unveiled another of its highly anticipated LEGO® models in MINILAND- the recreation of the world-renowned Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Director General Mr. Yousif Al Obaidly and Ms. Amal Bamtraf, Director of Culture Communication & Activities Department, inspected the model on site at MINILAND alongside LEGOLAND Dubai’s General Manager, Siegfried Boerst ahead of Eid Al-Adha. The realistic rendition is made up of 536,292 LEGO bricks, taking over 6,300 hours to complete and weighing approximately 1,323 kilograms.
Aside from being an Islamic cultural destination, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque represents an artistic architectural icon in the UAE and the Middle East. The creative harmony and the outstanding integration between the Islamic and modern architectural styles made it a great model for architectural design. There were about 30 contractors and 30,000 workers involved with completing various elements of the structure and decoration. Materials were also sourced from many countries including Greece, Italy, Germany, China, India and Morocco to name a few. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was opened for worshipers during the 1st day of Eid Al Adha in 2007.
“The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is not only an Islamic and cultural edifice, but also it’s one of the most important touristic destinations in the UAE and the region due to its unique design, amazing decorations and ornaments. It was ranked the world’s second favourite landmarks in a list compiled by TripAdvisor in 2016, receiving more than 2.5 million visitors in 2015”, said Mr. Yousif Al Obaidly, Director General, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. “Having a LEGO model of the Mosque in LEGOLAND Dubai will play a vital role in introducing the mosque as a touristic and cultural destination among the visitors as well as residents”, he added.
“We are extremely proud to reveal the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque MINILAND model in LEGOLAND Dubai,” said Siegfried Boerst, General Manager of LEGOLAND Dubai. “The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is not only one of the Emirate’s most important sites, but also a reflection of the UAE’s cultural values and natural heritage.”
Also present for the unveiling was technician Syed Mohamad Izzudin Bin Sayed Abu Bakar-Din, from the Merlin Magic Making Malaysian team who was one of the six model builders involved with the project and installation at LEGOLAND Dubai.
MINILAND, which is located at the heart of LEGOLAND Dubai, will feature recreations of key sites and landmarks from the region for visitors to see right on their doorstep. It is also the first indoor and air-conditioned MINILAND at a LEGOLAND park, perfect for year round visitation.
LEGOLAND Dubai, together with LEGOLAND® Water Park, is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts which will also feature MOTIONGATE™ Dubai – a unique theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate. Committed to bringing together the best of the East and West, Dubai Parks and Resorts will also feature Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, the first ever theme park based on the sights and sounds of Bollywood. The entire destination will be connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a retail, dining and entertainment walkway and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families.
LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park announced the launch of their Annual Pass, offering fun and exciting experiences for guests who want to be the “first to play” at the LEGOLAND parks’ 60 rides, waterslides attractions and building experiences before they officially open to the public on 31 October 2016.
The first Annual Pass holders will become privileged members that will be among the first families ever to try the rides and attractions, and will enjoy exclusive incentives including special access to private events helping to put the finishing touches on the park, as well as a commemorative LEGO® brick and Annual Pass Card. In addition to 12 months admission to LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park, all annual pass holders will enjoy benefits such as discounts on the park’s retail and food and beverage and special offers throughout the year.
The annual two-park combo pass for LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park is priced at 995 AED, with the annual pass for LEGOLAND Dubai only priced at 765 AED, and can be purchased at www.LEGOLAND.ae or at www.dubaiparksandresorts.com
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Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC (DFM: DUBAIPARKS), will become the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination when it opens in October 2016 comprising three separate theme parks: motiongate™ Dubai, a Hollywood movie inspired theme park concept; LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind entertainment destination that will showcase the authentic Bollywood movie experience. It will also hot the LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children aged 2-12. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be destinations fourth theme park and the regions first Six Flags themed park.
The entire destination will be connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
The large-scale AED 13.2 billion development is spread across 30.6 million square feet of land located on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai equidistant to Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports. 6.7 million ticketed visits are expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.
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MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season).
Merlin currently has fourteen attractions in Asia including Madame Tussauds in Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Wuhan, China; the fantastic LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort with its theme park, hotel and water park; world leading aquaria in Busan, Bangkok and Shanghai, – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator; LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; and Istanbul. New LEGOLAND Parks will also open in Dubai in 2016, and Japan and South Korea in 2017. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.
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The SZGMC, under the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, is sponsored and monitored by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and was established to be the center of the cultural and intellectual movement focused around the Mosque. Its vision and mission was created from the cultural and national values preserved and nurtured by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (God rest his soul). These cultural values are still deeply-rooted in the consciousness of the people and are an extension of the national identity inspired by the teachings of the Nation’s religion. http://www.szgmc.ae/
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