MOTIONGATE™ Dubai hosts its first ‘blue carpet premiere’ with The Smurfs!

First official English and Arabic screening of the new Smurfs movie held at the park

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MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the action-packed Hollywood-inspired theme park and official home of The Smurfs in the UAE yesterday hosted the Middle East premiere of The Smurf’s latest movie: “Smurfs: The Lost Village”.  The theme park, which is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, rolled out the blue carpet for Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy and Vanity who were joined by television personality, Raya Abirached, the Arabic voice of Smurf Willow in the new movie.

The premiere was held at the theme park’s very own 1000 seat Hollywood Theatre and was followed by Raya joining her blue friends for a tour of their mushroom capped homes in the Smurf’s Village, one of five theme zones at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai.

“MOTIONGATE™ Dubai combines the best of Hollywood cinema, theme parks and live entertainment to create an amazing experience for our guests. Therefore it was only fitting that the first premiere for one of our most well-known and loved characters The Smurfs, was hosted at our very own Hollywood Theatre. We encourage all the Smurfy fans in the region to come visit their favourite blue friends in their official home at the park”, said Brian Machamer, General Manager of MOTIONGATE™ Dubai.

Opened in December 2016, the Smurfs Village Zone is the first Smurfs-inspired theme park zone in the region, and the largest of its kind in the world. Parents and kids can go beyond the screen and step into the fantastical world of The Smurfs with its larger-than-life mushroom capped houses and lush forested surroundings. The resident Smurfs will charm their guests as they explore the variety of rides, live shows, play areas and dining on offer including:

  • Smurfs Studios Tour, an interactive ride which takes guests behind the scenes of the Smurfs movie set
  • Smurfs Village Playhouse, a one-of-a-kind theatre show where kids can interact with an animated Brainy Smurf and indulge in a two-way conversation;
  • SmurfBerry Factory, a soft-play area filled with foam Smurfberries;
  • Woodland Play Park, an outdoor adventure and exploratory play area with rope bridges and climbing areas
  • Smurf Village Express, the world’s first Smurf-inspired roller coaster perfect for young ones.
  • Very Smurfy Café, visitors can dine like a Smurf under a mushroom capped house and enjoy Baker Smurf’s special menu of delicious treats including some fun Smurf-themed desserts!

Guests should also be sure to keep your eyes out for local residents Papa, Smurfette, Brainy and Vanity as they parade the village, spreading Smurfy cheers to fans while posing for keepsake photos.

MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination which will also feature Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind theme park that showcases rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and a LEGOLAND® Water Park. The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – 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. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be destination’s fourth theme park and the region’s first Six Flags theme park.

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About MOTIONGATE™ Dubai

MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, 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 – Columbia Pictures, 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, Kung Fu Panda, Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, The Smurfs and The Hunger Games.

With nine family-friendly restaurants, 15 themed retail outlets and the multi-purpose Hollywood 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.

MOTIONGATE™ Dubai opened in December 2016 and is part of the amazing experience of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest multi-themed family entertainment destination.

For more details on the full experience visit www.motiongatedubai.com

Dubai Parks and Resorts, owned by DXB Entertainments PJSC, is the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination comprising three separate theme parks: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park featuring immersive rides and attractions based on Hollywood hits; LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind theme park that will showcase rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. It will also host 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 is 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. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai equidistant to Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports the destination offers over 100 rides and attractions.

For more information, go to: www.dubaiparksandresorts.com

For further information please contact:
Lisa Jones / Dina Bajjali
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
Email: Lisa.jones@bm.com/ Dina.bajjali@bm.com
T: +971 4 4507600