motiongate™ Dubai brings cinematic adventure to life

Region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park premiers its partnership with the world’s biggest studios


motiongate™ Dubai, the flagship theme park within Dubai Parks and Resorts, has officially shouted “lights, camera, action!” as it unveils how it has united for the first time, three Hollywood giants, Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate, to create the ultimate cinematic theme park for the Middle East.

Guido Zucchi, General Manager of motiongate™ Dubai said: “When motiongate™ Dubai opens its gates in October 2016, we will be presenting 1.9 million square feet of theme park magic filled with immersive rides, shows, restaurants and shops inspired by some of Hollywood’s favourite films. Working alongside three of the world’s biggest studios, motiongate™ Dubai is capturing every element that makes a movie truly memorable and bringing it to life as theme park experiences. These and much more will be revealed to our fans in the coming months.”

Inspired by the magic of movies, motiongate™ Dubai is working closely with its studio partners to re-create the excitement, adventure and action of 13 Hollywood film franchises in the shape of immersive theme park experiences, rivalling that of some of the world’s best. Thrilling rides will journey guests into new character storylines, innovative multimedia technologies will create new cinematic realities and high energy musical stage shows and opportunities to interact with some of film’s most memorable characters are just a taste of what motiongate™ Dubai will deliver to fans across the region, and worldwide.

Stanford Pinto, Chief Parks Operating Officer for Dubai Parks and Resorts said: “Dubai Parks and Resorts will be a significant contributor to UAE’s fast emerging leisure and entertainment landscape, with a distinct offer that is unrivalled anywhere else. As our flagship, and the Middle East’s largest theme park motiongate™ Dubai will be an outstanding showcase of film, adventure and memorable experiences.”

One timely example of how motiongate Dubai is transporting film to reality as a theme park experience is with Hotel Transylvania, a film by Sony Pictures Studios, also premiering its second release this month. For the first time in the world, Hotel Transylvania’s monster-filled storyline will be spun into several family-oriented theme park experiences, as motiongate™ Dubai brings the world’s only hotel for monsters to life with an exciting ride, a themed dining experience and character meets.

Set within the Sony Pictures Studios zone, Hotel Transylvania soars to 42m high, inviting guests to join a frenzied five minute seated ride carrying them on a monster-filled journey, unfolding a never-seen before story with Dracula, Mavis and his band of frightfully funny friends. The comedy continues in Hotel Beastro, a themed family dine-in restaurant where the zany Chef Quasimodo will bring comedic relief during private breakfasts and the Hotel Transylvania cast will also perform ‘meet & greets’ and treat guests to lively performances of songs from the film.

motiongate™ Dubai is the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park and will feature 27 rides and attractions spread across five different Zones – Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Smurfs Village and Studio Central. Alongside the exhilarating rides and attractions guests can sit and enjoy a meal at one of nine themed family-friendly restaurants, take a bite at any of the quick dinning kiosks along the park,  pick up some film-themed souvenirs at one of the 15 themed retail outlets or enjoy a show at the multi-purpose motiongate™ Theater that will seat 1,000 guests.


About motiongate™ Dubai

motiongate™ Dubai is the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, uniting for the first time, three of the biggest and legendary film studios in the world  – Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate to deliver cinematic adventure through immersive rides and attractions for the whole family all year round.

motiongate™ Dubai will bring Hollywood films to life through 27 themed rides and attractions spread across five zones; DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Sony Picture Studios, Smurfs Village and the park’s entrance; Studio Central. Visitors to the park will enjoy immersive experiences inspired by popular films from Sony Pictures Studios such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, The Green Hornet, Underworld and Zombieland; from DreamWorks Animation such as How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and Shrek; and from Lionsgate featuring Step-Up: All In and Step-Up: Revolution, and The Hunger Games.

motiongate™ Dubai will entertain guests of all ages with a diversity of attractions including roller coasters, multi-media dark rides, interactive play labs, a water ride and drop tower plus entertainment including live stage shows and dance performances.

There will also be nine family-friendly restaurants, 15 themed retail outlets and a multi-purpose theatre which will seat 1,000 guests as well as multiple kiosks serving light bites and merchandise throughout the park.

Set to open in October 2016 as part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest multi themed family entertainment destination, motiongate™ Dubai has an initial footprint of 1.9 million square feet out of a total available four million square feet of land.

About Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC

Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC (DFM: DUBAIPARKS), will become the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination 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. In addition LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children 2-12 will also open on the site.

The destination will also host the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian-themed hotel which will be managed by the Marriott Group, and Riverland™ Dubai, a centrally located district of 220,000 square feet of leasable retail, dining and entertainment space connecting the three theme parks, water park and hotel.

Set to open in October 2016, the large-scale AED 10.5 billion project is spread across 25 million square feet of land strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road close to the Palm Jebel Ali between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  6.7 million ticketed visits are expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.

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