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  1. Since when is showing one's knees or shoulders considered a lot of skin? That's ridiculous, medieval thinking. If they want to force their women to be covered from head to toe then that's their issue, but to expect to force tourists to do so in a country where the temperatures easily hit 40 degrees is absurd and irrational. For theme parks, it's just too hot, the parks would either have to be entirely indoors or shut down for six months of the year.

    As for the country having it all, I've been to Dubai and besides the shopping malls and some interesting architecture, it really doesn't offer much. There are no theme parks or shows or attractions. The beaches are boring with no surf. There is no sense of Arab or Islamic history or culture at all (go to Egypt or Jordan or Oman for that). It's just mindless, modern consumerism. There is no nature either except for dust, sand and dirt. I appreciate that they are attempting to diversify their economy away from oil, but their perceived religious and cultural restrictions will kill their nascent tourist industry. Note that majority-Muslim Malaysia imposes none of these draconian restrictions that are imposed in the Arabian Gulf, and still maintain a family atmosphere in their tourism and country. The UAE should put their money into something else besides tourism, they're throwing their money away into a black hole that won't work (imagine what kind of artwork will be allowed in the Abu Dhabi Guggenheim? Nothing will be religiously permissible, and many artists are boycotting it already due to labor issues in the UAE).

    Dubailand is going nowhere and should be removed from this construction board.

  2. suzanna is offline Newbie
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    I believe in Dubai and in Dubailand. You know it's not important for everybody to kiss in public or to show a lot of skin. Think about families, they have different issues and priorities than that. They want to have a safe, crime-free place to go to, with excellent infrastructure and fantastic new hotels. Dubai has it all, but they don't have any world-class theme parks. I really believe in it and I want to see it happen!

  3. where they could get arrested and/or fined for wearing a pair of shorts or showing off their arms.
    ...or get arrested for having a boy friend or girl friend, or for showing affection in public, or even for drinking water during the day at a temperature of 45°C (Ramadan). I understand and respect cultural differences, but these rules and regulations - if not amended - will turn out very problematic for the UAE, for all this is legal in Europe, Asia, North & South America, most parts of Africa, Oceania - basically the rest of the world!

    Are you referring to the Marvel Adventure Park at City of Arabia? Do you have concrete insider infos backing up what you were posting here? Are you saying the groundbreaking ceremony was a hoax?

  4. The Marvel Adventure Park is not going to happen. It's a ploy by Dubai Holdings to get money from Disney in order to bury the project. Hopefully Disney doesn't fall for this ruse, and the desert will surely remain a desert.

    There's no money for these projects, instead Dubai built a hundreds of office parks and residential apartment buildings that stand empty, and there are hundreds more that have been paid for by gullible depositors that will never get built.

    Add to that the UAE is preparing to put a dress code into law that would ban shorts and sleeveless t-shirts, even though the temperature for most of the year is boiling hot, means the country is going to kill its own tourist industry. Tourists (except perhaps from the Arabian Gulf) don't travel on holiday to places where they could get arrested and/or fined for wearing a pair of shorts or showing off their arms.

  5. Amusement park fan is offline Senior Park Investigator
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    This is what the Dubailand office looks like as of June 2012

  6. @Amusment Park Fan, yes it did, check here:
    http://www.thethemeparkguy.com/board/universal-studios-dubailand/

  7. Amusement park fan is offline Senior Park Investigator
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    They got that far on Universal Studios WOW. Did construction stop in 2009?

  8. googleearther is offline Curious Chap
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    Let's take a look at all the Dubailand projects through Google Earth, dated 2011 or 2012:

    Dubailand complete area:


    Dubailand site office:


    Motor City with residential components:


    F1 X theme park in Motor City, dead:


    Global Village (right side comes alive every year, left side is dead construction)


    Universal Studios, dead:


    Tiger Woods Golf Course, dead:


    City of Arabia:


    Mall of Arabia, dead:


    Falcon City of Wonders, some residential components are ready:

  9. googleearther is offline Curious Chap
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    Hello everybody! I am one of these guys playing around with Google Earth all day long. I am also a big fan of this site. I will post interesting aerial observations in this board. I'm preparing one right for Dubailand right now!

  10. Amusement park fan is offline Senior Park Investigator
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    This is a recent video about Dubailand attractions published by Dubai Properties:


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