IMG Worlds of Adventure to Cement Dubai's Position as the Complete One-Stop Destination for Entertainment and Leisure

04, May 2014

Colossal 1.5 million sq. ft. themed mega entertainment destination to put Dubai on the international map when it comes to the entertainment and leisure industry

Dubai, May 4, 2014: Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination, IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA), is set to mark the opening of a new chapter in the UAE’s leisure industry. Media and trade representatives, as well as visitors, were treated to a sneak peek of the highly anticipated project at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2014. ATM attendees also received key updates on construction and development.

Marking a key milestone, construction of the IMGWOA massive space frame is now complete with work on the roof and wall cladding in progress. Further, the off-site manufacturing of rides is also well underway and shipments have started to arrive on-site, highlighting a major stage in the development of the project.

Once open, the 1.5 million sq. ft. project developed by the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group will be the world’s largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination with a capacity to welcome in excess of 20,000 visitors a day.

“IMGWOA is the entertainment destination Dubai has been waiting for,” said a spokesperson at the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group. “It is the first leisure destination in the world to bring together global brands, Cartoon Network and MARVEL in one location, in addition to Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure, an original concept by the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group. We expect the brand cachet of IMGWOA to cement Dubai’s position as the complete one-stop destination for entertainment and leisure.”

The rides and attractions at IMGWOA’s four themed zones will present imagination-gripping tales woven around a host of international brands and characters such as Cartoon Network favorites, LazyTown, Ben 10, Adventure Time, Power Puff Girls and The Amazing World of Gumball, and iconic MARVEL Super Hero favorites, which include Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man. In addition, IMGWOA will feature a host of hair-raising rides and thrilling experiences that see the prehistoric age roar back to life at the largest zone – Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure. The fourth zone, IMG Boulevard, will serve as the welcome zone and set the stage for the excitement to follow in the three other themed zones.

 

“We have worked with the best ride designers in the business and many of the rides will be world-firsts in terms of the technology involved and ride experience, with a multitude of state-of-the-art attractions constituting a big part in bringing the epic adventure alive for visitors,” added a spokesperson at the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group.

“All of the rides are being built in compliance with European safety standard EN13814, which governs the design, fabrication, installation, operation and maintenance of fairgrounds, amusement park machinery, structures and safety, in addition to the training of the operators and the maintenance staff. IMGWOA has signed with TÜV SÜD Germany, to be the independent inspection body which conducts audits to ensure that all of the rides comply with safety standards.”

Visitors can expect to enjoy a vast array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrill rides and attractions, a 12-screen cinema complex, interactive entertainment and adventures for guests of all ages including MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions) attendees.

Moreover, the entertainment destination will be home to an exceptional selection of dining outlets – all of which will be original themed concepts that offer a spread of fine, casual and healthy dining choices alongside a number of retail stores selling branded merchandise – including the largest Ben 10 store in the world.

Trade visitors and travel agents were able to interact with IMGWOA’s sales agents and receive more information about the project throughout ATM at the IMGWOA stand located in hall number 4, stand – UAE 4030. ATM took place from May 5th until May 8th, 2014 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 

IMG Worlds of Adventure Comes Alive at Middle East Film & Comic Con 2014

02, April 2014

Visitors had a glimpse of the epic adventures in store at Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination

Dubai, April 2, 2014: Visitors can look forward to living the epic adventure as IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA) comes alive at the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2014.

Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination will welcome fans to its stand – one of the largest and most dynamic at the popular three-day convention which is set to once again attract the region’s die-hard fans of comics, films and popular culture.

“IMG Worlds of Adventure is a comic lover’s dream and will be the first and only entertainment destination in the world to bring together massive global entertainment brands. IMGWOA will offer fans the opportunity to live out their fantasies through an amazing selection of multi-sensory attractions, thrilling mega coasters, immersive rides, a state-of-the-art 12-screen cinema, vast themed retail stores and original dining outlets,” said Adam Alexander Page, vice-president of group marketing at Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group.

“Work on the project is progressing at a steady pace with the massive space frame structure already erected, and work on the roof and wall cladding is set to be completed soon. The rides, which are being manufactured at various off-site locations, have started to arrive on-site marking a key stage of development,” added Page.

A model of the colossal 1.5 million sq. ft. project developed by Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group will be on display at MEFCC. Visitors will be offered the chance to play games based on the different immersive zones which are themed around iconic global entertainment brands in addition to Lost Valley-Dinosaur Adventure – an original concept trademarked to the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group that sees the pre-historic world roar back to life through animatronic dinosaurs and hair-raising rides and attractions.

Fans will also be able to pose for pictures with their favorite comic superheroes at the event. Visitors to the IMGWOA stand will also have the opportunity to post messages on an interactive social media wall and enjoy plenty of opportunities to participate in games and competitions to win MEFCC Survival Packs featuring a host of branded merchandise.

To find out more, visit IMGWOA at stand #12 Zabeel Hall at the Middle East Film and Comic Con 2014 which takes place from April 3rd-5th 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.


IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA) to exhibit at Hotel & Leisure Show 2013

26, September 2013

The themed entertainment facility will be using the platform provided by the Hotel & Leisure Show exhibition to interact with key members from the travel and trade industry and over 500 other exhibitors and suppliers from the hotel and leisure sectors in the region, who are co-exhibitors at the show.

Dubai, September 26, 2013: The Hotel & Leisure Show exhibition -- being held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre from September 28-30, 2013- shall see Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari (IMG) Group showcase stunning new facets of its exciting venture including the unveiling of the IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA) landscape display model during the course of the 3 day show.

Visitors to the exhibition will be privy to a preview of the Dubai-based conglomerate’s colossal project aimed at positioning Dubai and the United Arab Emirates on the global map as a themed entertainment destination capital. IMGWOA’s participation at the exhibition is aimed at promoting its unique thriller-packed themed entertainment destination – set for 2014 opening – among prominent tour operators, hotels and DMCs, all of whom are making their presence felt at this premier trade show.

The themed entertainment facility will be using the platform provided by the Hotel & Leisure Show exhibition to interact with key members from the travel and trade industry and over 500 other exhibitors and suppliers from the hotel and leisure sectors in the region, who are co-exhibitors at the show.

IMGWOA’s participation at the show focuses on the upcoming themed entertainment facility enhancing the already prominent standing of Dubai as a destination of choice for those global tourists thronging the emirate for leisure, business or shopping purposes. Secondly, the adventurous themed destination, that is set for a 2014 opening will also generate a significant demand in the emirate and in the rest of the UAE, for hotels, hotel apartments, along with other retail and leisure components.

The not-to-be-missed destination for thrill seekers of all ages IMGWOA will comprise of four zones: MARVEL, Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure, Cartoon Network and IMG Boulevard. Visitors to IMGWOA will enjoy a number of world firsts that will guide them through a series of unique and beautifully designed zones hosting adrenaline pumping roller coasters, immersive themed experiences and thrilling live performances and shows.  IMGWOA is situated within City of Arabia, adjacent to Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (formally known as Emirates Road), Dubailand. The themed entertainment facility also intends to include conference facilities to incorporate corporate events within the park.

Construction works for IMGWOA have moved forward with significant onsite progress and off-site ride manufacturing finalisation at various vendor sites, with shipments planned in the later part of this year. The overall entertainment destination will be in excess of 1.5 million sq. feet and is designed to attract in excess of 20,000 visitors per day.

First half visitor number results released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), say more than 5.5 million tourists visited the emirate in the first half of 2013 – reflecting an 11.1 per cent year-on-year increase. New landmark destinations such as IMGWOA will ensure that Dubai is well on target to achieve its Tourism Vision for 2020, according to an IMG official.

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Editor’s Notes:

About IMG Galadari Group

The Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group is a highly regarded, multi-faceted organization based in Dubai. The group is carrying on the tradition of the Galadari family which has a long history of entrepreneurship dating from the 1940's. The diversified business portfolio includes real estate development, leisure facility development, hospitality, automobiles, International brand representation and franchising, food storage, luxury boat distribution, design, manufacturing and transport. Over the years, the group has shown ambition, determination in growing and launching new business enterprises with acclaimed international success and rewards.


Excitement, as a significant section of a mega space frame is erected at IMG Worlds of Adventure

13, August 2013

A section of space frame erected at IMG Worlds of Adventure, a themed entertainment facility situated within City of Arabia.

Dubai, August 13, 2013: Dubai once again is witnessing fast track growth with multiple projects at various locations throughout the city, including the newly erected space frame at IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA), a themed entertainment facility. The facility owned by the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group is situated within City of Arabia, on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. On-site construction work reflects the steady progress of this colossal project while the off-site ride manufacturing at various sites is currently underway and shipments are expected to arrive in the later part of this year.

An official from Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group stated “With the structural columns in place, we have entered a new phase of development. IMG Worlds of Adventure is one of the most anticipated developments in the region offering a number of world firsts which will position Dubai and the UAE on the global map as a themed entertainment capital.”

IMG Worlds of Adventure is a multi-faceted themed entertainment facility comprising of four zones including; MARVEL, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and IMG Entertainment Zone. The park will be in excess of 1.5 million square feet overall in its first stage and will be the largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world.

City of Arabia is designed to encompass many unique offerings and facilities within its limits. With an impressive collection of commercial, residential and accommodation options underway, the development will cater to millions of visitors planning to visit IMG Worlds of Adventure.

Editor’s Notes:

About IMG Galadari Group:


The Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group is a highly regarded, multi-faceted organization based in Dubai. The group is carrying on the tradition of the Galadari family which has a long history of entrepreneurship dating from the 1940's. The diversified business portfolio includes real estate development, leisure facility development, hospitality, automobiles, International brand representation and franchising, food storage, luxury boat distribution, design, manufacturing and transport. Over the years, the group has shown ambition, determination in growing and launching new business enterprises with acclaimed international success and rewards.


H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum unveils ‘IMG Worlds of Adventure’ (IMGWOA) at ATM 2013 as the future destination for Dubai visitors

6, May 2013

• The epic entertainment destination IMG Worlds of Adventure’ (IMGWOA) will be in excess of 1.5 million sq. feet in the first phase and will be the largest temperature controlled indoor entertainment destination in the world including four themed zones: MARVEL, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and the vast IMG Entertainment Zone.

Dubai, 6th May, 2013: Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari of IMG Group officially unveiled ‘The IMG Worlds of Adventure (IMGWOA)’; the themed entertainment facility comprising of four themed zones in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; during the opening ceremony of the 20th edition of the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition (ATM) 2013, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

IMG Worlds of Adventure

The IMGWOA is situated within City of Arabia, adjacent to Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (formally known as Emirates Road), Dubailand a popular district of Dubai with many different attractions. This giant facility and its bespoke designs will allow any thrill seeker or excited family to access an allure of state of art entertainment. From adrenaline-pumping roller coasters to immersive themed experiences, IMGWOA will feature an array of attractions for guests of all ages, sizes and their modern or classic demands.

By participating at the ATM, the Middle East's premier travel and tourism show, The IMG Group will showcase its revolutionary family entertainment centre with the industry, entertainment peers and the growing Dubai tourist market as well as strike new avenues with business entities. Representing the MARVEL Zone will be character appearances of the iconic Super Heroes Iron Man and Spider-Man for a unique meet-and-greet experience. To let you discover the excitement of an epic journey bursting with thrills, the stand also brings to life the reinvigorated land of dinosaurs.

“We are very excited to have unveiled ‘IMG Worlds of Adventure’ at Arabian Travel Market 2013," remarked a representative of the IMG Group. "ATM is a forum to connect with travel industry, suppliers, partners and key officials, and we intend to open up new business avenues and develop existing ones through this prestigious platform,” they added.

Visitors to the IMGWOA will enjoy a number of world firsts that will guide them through a series of bespoke and beautifully designed experiences including adventures, quests and thrilling live performances. In addition to the three publicly released zones, the ‘IMG Entertainment Zone’, the epic final zone of the themed facility with its own unique world of adventures, leisure and fun concepts will be a one-stop destination featuring unique dining venues, vast tailored retail outlets and a huge range of interactive entertainment experiences completing what is an unmissable offering for fans and families to enjoy.

The overall individual zoned entertainment destination will be in excess of 1.5 million sq. feet in the first phase and will be the largest temperature controlled indoor entertainment destination in the world. It is designed to attract in excess of 20,000 visitors per day. A unique facility of this magnitude will also generate a significant demand in the vicinity, for hotels and hotel apartments, along with other retail and leisure components.

Moreover, a recent report by Business Monitor International puts UAE tourism sector growth at 6.5% per annum between 2011-2021*, with visitors from the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific the key source markets. It is the strategic location of UAE which has positioned the Emirate as a regional hub, and has fast become one of the world's most loved tourism destinations with millions of visitors coming from all over the globe. Entertainment destinations such as IMG Worlds of Adventure will add to the attractions in UAE hence making it potentially the most sought after global central entertainment hub in the future.

Sources: * http://www.arabiantravelmarket.com/Media-PR/ATM-Press-Releases/67-revenue-growth-forecast-for-UAE-tourism-sector-by-2016/

 

Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group announce the third zone of their IMG Worlds of Adventure; ‘Lost Valley’

29, April 2013

Lost Valley spanning over 270,000 sq. feet is nestled within the IMG Worlds of Adventure which also includes other major IP’s named earlier; and the soon to be released ‘fourth’ and final ‘World’ of the 1.5m sq.ft facility.

Dubai, 29, April 2013: Hold on tight and get ready for excitement like never before. Featuring the world of the extinct; Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group (IMG Group) have announced the next eye-catching partnership for the IMG Worlds of Adventure; ‘Lost Valley’. This reinvigorated land of dinosaurs and huge thrills is a conceptualized and designed Intellectual Property exclusively created for the expansive IMG Worlds of Adventure, located in the City of Arabia, Dubailand adjacent to Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.

The soon to be opened IMG Worlds of Adventure will let you discover the excitement of an epic journey bursting with thrills, speed and adventures within Lost Valley as the ‘no longer’ dormant vertebrates are bought back to life in an enthralling themed world offering a world class array of rides, entertainment and retail outlets. Featuring a number of anchor attractions guaranteed to get any pulse racing, the theme park will catapult even the bravest of souls into a land they will have to keep their wits about them to escape from! Lost Valley is the third of four zones in the IMG Worlds of Adventure in addition two IP Branded Zones with the final unannounced Zone to be revealed shortly.

“We are extremely delighted to announce the third component of the IMG Worlds of Adventure. Lost Valley will provide a visual, audible and tactile experience allowing visitors to feel the exuberant excitement of a lost world. We want to offer our visitors an immersive experience in an unexplored land, full of dinosaurs, providing ‘hands on’ activities and thrills in an environment themed down to the smallest detail of a time existing long ago. With the guidance of our award winning theme park design agency ‘Falcon Treehouse’, we have created an experience offering visitors an unforgettable adventure with dinosaurs entwined in an adrenaline packed theme park zone,” said a representative of the IMG Group.

“The project is our brainchild and we will ensure that the visitors get to witness life-like dinosaurs and experience the same thrill levels as if they were ever to see the dinosaurs for real themselves. With the exciting announcement of the third zone we are expecting the park to set a new benchmark in the industry locally and globally by offering our audiences a new wonder,” they added.

Lost Valley is the first of its kind concept in the theme park industry reserving IMG Group as the sole trademark proprietors. Being a unique concept, Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group has developed an innovative and immersive brand experience which in the future will be used in the expansion, even design of theme parks worldwide.

Falcon's Treehouse has conceptualized the designs and IMG have added adrenalin enticing rides for Lost Valley to add to the action packed fun family experience. The extremely realistic theme park zone will combine breathtaking experiences, enhanced by dramatic lighting, audiovisual effects and cutting-edge entertaining content.

Representing dinosaurs from different ages, Lost Valley will take you back to an era which existed millions of years ago. It will be the home of animatronic dinosaurs, resembling multiple types and sizes of species of these extinct creatures. Featuring the latest technology and dynamic sound-effects, Lost Valley will be a complete family entertainment zone exhibiting adventurous rides such as ‘The Velociraptor Launch Coaster’ and multiple other attractions in this one zone alone. With creative theming and video simulations visitors will also get to explore dizzy heights and twisting adventures while hurtling through some of the deepest and darkest roller coasters in a thematic lost in time dinosaur valley.

In between the thrills and excitement, visitors will also have the chance to relax at the themed retail outlets and investigate about dinosaurs and their history with easy access to themed merchandise. Lost Valley is a unique, historical phenomenon, designed to draw tourists and investment and put Dubai and the UAE into the scientific spotlight on the international stage.

The overall individual zoned entertainment destination will be in excess of 1.5 million sq. feet in its first stage and will be the largest temperature controlled indoor entertainment destination in the world. It is designed to attract up to 20,000 visitors per day. A unique facility of this magnitude will also generate a significant demand, in the vicinity, for hotels and hotel apartments, along with other retail and leisure components.

Situated within City of Arabia, along Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road (previously Emirates Road) in Dubai, the IMG Worlds of Adventure is conveniently located and in easy access not only to the residents of UAE, but also to UAE tourists who arrive to see new and exciting attractions in this global tourism hub. The IMG Worlds of Adventure is only 20 minutes from anywhere in the city limits and from the recently awarded second busiest airport in the world; Dubai International Airport - DXB.

 

Cartoon Network to launch at the IMG Worlds of Adventure In UAE

26, February 2013

• The entertainment industry’s growth is expected to reach $31.8 billion by 2017, driven largely by the Middle East.

• Phase one of the Cartoon Network Zone to span approximately 200,000 sq. feet within the region’s largest themed entertainment destination in excess of1.5 million sq. feet.

• Cartoon Network Zone to feature popular Cartoon Network brands such as Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and many more.


Dubai, Feb 26, 2013: Amusement parks may be all fun and games– as Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group (IMG Group) is set to prove by partnering with Turner CN Enterprises to bring a dedicated Cartoon Network Zone to the IMG Worlds of Adventure – the global industry's growth is serious business. This exciting collaboration is vying for a piece of the theme park global market which is estimated to reach $31.8 billion (Dh116.8 billion) by 2017 driven largely by revenues from the Middle East, according to a recent report by Global Industry Analysts.*

IMG Group’s collaboration with Turner CN Enterprises will deliver a number of world firsts for both companies and fans, including the world’s first themed attractions for the multi award-winning property; The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, and LazyTown. The IMG Worlds of Adventure will also feature the world’s largest Ben 10 retail store and the first ever Ben 10 5D ride, along with branded restaurants and other branded immersive experiences across the 200,000 sq. feet utopia.

“We are very pleased to partner with Turner CN Enterprises. The launch of the Cartoon Network Zone will position us as the key theme park operator in the region." said Mr. Ilyas Galadari and Mr. Mustafa Galadari, of IMG Group. “IMG Worlds of Adventure will pride itself on family entertainment and with the addition of the largest entertainment brand, Cartoon Network; we elevate our continuous dedication in bringing a value-added experience for all our visitors.” They added.

“We are delighted to partner with IMG Group to bring the much-loved family of characters from the Cartoon Network stable to life,” said Alan Fenwick, VP Turner CN Enterprises. “We are very excited about the themed attractions and live events. IMG Group, along with design agency Falcon’s Treehouse, have consistently demonstrated a wonderful knowledge of our brands in developing innovative and immersive brand experiences we know our fans and the world will love.”

Alan Musa, General Manager & VP, Turner Broadcasting Systems – Arabia, added, “The Middle East is fast becoming a major international destination for family tourism and the IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai is a concentrated hub of high-octane entertainment. This latest venture with IMG Group will enable families from all over the globe to engage with their best loved Cartoon Network brands, providing visitors with an unforgettable experience they can treasure for years. The park will be fully supported by the Cartoon Network Arabic TV channel and web site – both of which have grown considerably in terms of fans throughout the Middle East since being launched in October 2010.”

The Cartoon Network name and characters have been licensed to the IMG Group by Turner CN Entertainment. Cartoon Network Zone is owned, managed and operated by the IMG Group which has developed the complex including the combination of family, adventure, action and comedy entertainment experiences.

The overall facility for the themed entertainment destination will be in excess of 1.5 million sq. feet in its first stage and will be the largest temperature controlled indoor entertainment destination in the world. It is designed to attract 20,000 plus visitors per day. A unique facility of this magnitude will also generate a significant demand, in the vicinity, for hotels and hotel apartments, along with other retail and leisure components. The Cartoon Network Zone is the second publically released partner and zone within a total of four zones in the extraordinary property. This dazzling combination of four unique zones will provide an irresistible and ‘must visit’ attraction for any thrill seeker or person within reach of its impressive gates.

 

Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group raise Islamic facilities from Mashreq and Al Hilal Bank

Financial institutions, Al Hilal Bank and Mashreq, acting as the Mandated Lead Arrangers (MLAs) have successfully closed a club facility, structured on Shari'ah principles to finance construction of a THEME PARK in Dubai.

The project is developed by the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group (IMG), wholly owned by Mr. Ilyas Galadari and Mr. Mustafa Galadari, which is developing City of Arabia. Mashreq also acted as the documentation bank and is the investment agent for the transaction.


Mashreq acted as the documentation bank and is the investment agent for the transaction.


Mr. Julio de Quesada, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Mashreq commented, "Mashreq enjoys a long standing relationship with the IMG Group, and we are pleased that we have been able to play a pivotal role in supporting IMG Group's vision in coming up with a landmark project. I am confident that a state of art THEME PARK, such as this, will further enhance Dubai's touristic position in the Region. At Mashreq, we continue to support similar initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to our partners and the industry."

Mohamed Jamil Berro, CEO of Al Hilal Bank said "Our involvement in this THEME PARK development reflects our vision as a progressive Islamic bank to extend the reach of our Shari'ah-compliant financial services to various growth areas, such as financing the Middle East's first fully integrated Entertainment Destination. This park will provide family entertainment of the highest quality at par with other internationally renowned theme parks, not only to the population of UAE but also to the neighboring countries in the region as well. We are confident of IMG Group's ability to bring world-class projects to completion and expect this park in particular to strengthen Dubai's claim as a preferred leisure and lifestyle destination. This transaction also exhibits AHB's experience in structuring Islamic Finance facilities through its dedicated and experienced team."

Centrally located in CITY OF ARABIA, on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (formerly Emirates Road), in Dubai, IMG Worlds of Adventure has entered into agreements with world renowned licensors, to use their concepts and characters. IMG Worlds of Adventure will be the catalyst to boost the entire City of Arabia development. The facility is planned to have a total built up area in excess of 1.5 million square feet, fully indoors. The Park boasts of innovative rides and one of the regions largest roller coasters. It will also comprise retail outlets including food and beverage and licensed merchandising. More details of the licensing arrangements will be released by IMG Group in the near future.

Ilyas Galadari said: "Dubai is a vibrant economy that attracts millions of visitors a year and a quality theme park will add to the options available to these visitors. The theme park will be a strategic landmark in Dubai, adding to HH Sheikh Mohamed's views of making the UAE a destination of choice. Strategically located on Emirates road, this facility is easily accessible from all Emirates of the UAE. We're proud of the licensing arrangements we have been able to sign for our park. The theme park will be built to the highest standards with the best vendors being selected to build the rides".

Mustafa Galadari said: "A fully indoor facility ensures that the park is open all year round to visitors. The ride mix has been carefully chosen to ensure there is enough to do for all ages. The ticket pricing will be kept competitive and there will be strategic tie-ups with Hotels and Airlines to drive visitors through our Park. Considering Dubai's strategic location, not only are we expecting visitors from the GCC region but also from other parts of the world. The completion of our park will ensure that the residents of Dubai and neighboring countries need not travel about seven hours to get to a quality theme park. The Park will also generate a significant demand around it for Hotels, Hotel Apartments along with other retail and leisure components"

Construction works on the project have already commenced and are expected to be completed by end of 2013. The ride mix encompasses all ages and therefore, makes a unique destination for the whole family.