Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC Completes 30 Percent of the Infrastructure Development

World-class Consortium of Contractors and Consultants Overseeing Progress

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company, today announced that Phase 1 of the multi-billion dollar entertainment and leisure destination has made significant progress with the engagement of a number of world class contractors and consultants.

The development has been designed with the expertise of leading industry firms such as Rabben Herman, Gensler, HOK, RTKL, Forrec and Riva Creative. In addition, consultants including CH2M Hill and Samsung SDS have provided infrastructure design. The overall master plan has been approved by the relevant government authorities.

More than 1,500 personnel have been deployed to develop an initial area of approximately 25 million sq feet at Phase 1 of Dubai Parks and Resorts.. The number of workers on site is expected to increase four-fold by 2015. With nearly 30 percent of the infrastructure development already complete, work on the power substation has registered 35 percent headway while excavation work for the district cooling facility has also commenced.

Program management firm Samsung C&T is overseeing the overall progress of the project to ensure its components adhere to scheduled timelines and budgets, while Kier Group is building the utilities component. ETA has been engaged for the power sub-station project and National Central Cooling Company PJSC (“Tabreed”) mandated to set up the district cooling facility.

Besix Orascom is responsible for the majority of the LEGOLAND® Dubai building works, LaingO’Rourke and Al Futtaim Carillion for a large part of motiongate™ Dubai, and ARCO General Contracting EST for Bollywood Parks™. Hill International has also been contracted to manage the production and installation of all shows and rides, and provide construction management consultancy services for Phase 1 of Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC, said: “A mega project such as Dubai Parks and Resorts requires partners that have a strong track record in developing and delivering leisure and entertainment concepts of this scale. Following a stringent bidding process we have selected consultants and contractors with whom we are working closely to deliver an entertainment experience that brings to life the UAE leadership’s vision of positioning Dubai as a leading global tourist destination.”

Launched under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts has been designed as a mega leisure and entertainment destination to serve the regions that are within a four hour flying distance from Dubai.

Taking shape at Jebel Ali, the first phase of Dubai Parks and Resorts will comprise three theme parks: motiongate™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, and LEGOLAND® Dubai. The development will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel. The first phase is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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About Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC is a Meraas Holding company established in September 2014 to bring to life the leadership’s vision of positioning Dubai as a formidable global tourist destination.

The company is developing Phase 1 of Dubai Parks and Resorts which comprises three theme parks – motiongate™ TM Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai and LEGOLAND® Dubai. It will also feature Riverpark – a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a themed family hotel. Located in Jebel Ali close to the world class international airports, Phase 1 is set for completion in 2016.

Offering new heights in experiential entertainment through an inspired concept, Dubai Parks and Resorts brings the best of the entertainment industry from the East and the West.The project is designed to draw five million visitors in its first year of operations, serving the regions within a four hour flying distance from Dubai.

Dubai Parks and Resorts LLC is set to generate thousands of jobs and economic benefits, and position the UAE as a catalyst for the expansion of the global US$30 billion entertainment industry.

For further information, please contact:
Sameh Hamtini / Sarah Jackson
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller
Email: sameh.hamtini@bm.com / sarah.jackson@bm.com
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