MOTIONGATE™ Dubai Appoints John Hallenbeck General Manager


MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, set to open on October 31 2016, has announced today that John Hallenbeck has been appointed General Manager, overseeing all aspects of the Hollywood-inspired theme park’s day-to-day operations.

Originally from the U.S., Hallenbeck brings more than 25 years’ experience in theme park operations to his role, having worked extensively with Universal Studios theme parks worldwide. John has served as Senior Vice President of Attractions at Universal Studios Singapore® and Marine Life Park, Director of Attractions Operations at Universal Studios Florida® and Islands of Adventure, and various operations and management roles with Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan™.

Hallenbeck joined Dubai Parks and Resorts in 2015 as Vice President of Revenue Operations, which provided him with a broad overview of the destination before assuming his role at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai.

“My entire life has practically revolved around theme parks,” said Hallenbeck.  “I learned early in my career that the best theme park experience is one that offers guests an unrivaled journey with rides and attractions that offer thrills, excitement and entertainment for everyone. What the team has built here in MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is unparalleled, and I know that we’ll astonish our guests in every visit”

MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East, unites three legendary film studios for the first time within one theme park – DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios – including the Smurfs and Lionsgate. Offering family fun year round, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai will transport guests into a world of cinematic adventure.

Annual passes for MOTIONGATE™ Dubai are currently on sale at and Daily passes will be announced soon.

Scheduled to open in October this year, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts which will also feature the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and a LEGOLAND® Water Park. 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, Autograph Collection, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families.



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MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is the place for Hollywood-inspired fun and adventure in the Middle East, inviting guests of all ages to step into the magical, mythical worlds of some of cinema’s most beloved movies. Uniting three legendary film studios in one theme park – Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate – visitors will go beyond the screen and immerse themselves in the magic of Hollywood, ensuring fun for the whole family year round and creating memories to last a lifetime.

Spread across five zones, guests of all ages will be entertained by 27 key rides and attractions including roller coasters, multi-media dark rides, interactive play labs, media-based theatre shows, plus a full program of roaming entertainment and live dance performances. Inspired by 13 of Hollywood’s most beloved live action and animated films, visitors will be transported into the world of movies including Shrek, Ku Fu Panda, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, The Smurfs and The Hunger Games.

With nine family-friendly restaurants, 15 themed retail outlets and a multi-purpose theatre, seating 1,000 guests, as well as multiple kiosks offering light bites and merchandise throughout the park, visitors have a full range of choices for dining, entertainment and relaxation beyond the rides and attractions. As part of its full-service offering, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is enhanced with smart technology, smart queuing, shaded walkways and offers full access for visitors with mobility impairments.

Set to open in October 31st, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is part of the amazing experience of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest multi-themed family entertainment destination.

For further information please contact:

Samantha D’sa
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
T: +971 4 4507600

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 family theme park destination that will showcase rides and attractions based on the authentic Bollywood 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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T: +971 4 4507600