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  1. Mall of Arabia 2008 and 2009:




    Still looks about the same today!

  2. dubairesident is offline Newbie
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    Here's my report from the ATM expo Dubai:

    The Dubailand stand had small City of Arabia, Universal Studios and Legoland areas. I spoke to a lady who told me that City of Arabia was nearly finished. I asked if they've been out to the site and seen that construction had been stopped for years. She laughed and said 'Ahh. Maybe something will happen within 4 years.'

    Total letdown in general. All the stands were very scaled down and nothing exciting being announced.


  3. dubailandinsider is offline Curious Chap
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    Did a little research on Dubai Adventure Studios. Doesn't seem to look good.

    Developer Meraas site says 'Our site is currently under construction':
    http://www.meraas.com/

    Search for 'Meraas' in ATM exhibitor list shows no results:
    http://www.arabiantravelmarket.com/Exhibitor-Directory/?kw=meraas&startRecord=1#

    The question is if this project ever was to be a part of Dubailand since the latter hasn't been mentioned in their press release.

  4. Has anyone heard anything further regarding Dubai Adventure Studios? Information was supposed to be released today, during the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition.



    Work is scheduled to start early next year on a new $600m movie-based theme park in Dubai, real estate firm Merass announced on Tuesday.
    The first of three phases of Dubai Adventure Studios will start construction in early 2012 and the eight million square foot project will be located close to the Arabian Ranches intersection in Dubai.
    The AED2.2bn ($598m) project will host major US-based movie attractions and is scheduled for completion by 2014.
    Five zones featuring the latest-in-technology games and new-generation rides will be included and details of the project will be showcased at Merass’ stand at the Arabian Travel Market Exhibition later this summer.
    Sources:
    http://www.arabianbusiness.com/plans-unveiled-for-movie-based-theme-park-in-dubai-436298.html
    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1470889

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    Quite some breaking news here: Dubailand has a new website that's down to earth and portrays a much more realistic future of the project. An event calendar is introduced and theme park announcements are reduced to Universal Studios, Legoland and City of Arabia (Restless Planet).

    New site (http://www.dubailand.ae/):



    Old site (has been around for years):

  7. research007 is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    A real estate expert believes that if developers can make their entertainment projects in Dubailand “financially” viable without their residential and commercial components, it could be worth a try.

    “It makes sense for developers to progress the leisure/entertainment component of their projects as this sector of the Dubai real estate market is currently performing better than other sectors such as residential or commercial,” Craig Plumb, Head of Research, Mena, Jones Lang LaSalle, told Emirates 24|7.
    A senior official of a Dubai-based real estate company, on conditions of anonymity, told this website that they were planning to restart work on their multi-billion dollar project in Dubailand.

    “We had put on hold our project in Dubailand, but now we do see an opportunity.

    “We are in talks with our banks to get enough funds to restart our project. We will make the announcement soon,” he said.
    In May last year, Dubai Properties Group CEO Khalid Al Malik had called upon developers to fulfill their commitment by commencing work on the entertainment components of their projects in Dubailand.

    In an interview with Emirates 24|7 last year, Al Malik said: “We are committed to providing infrastructure in accordance to our contract with the developers, but it is very important for the developers to actually deliver on their promises.

    “The projects, agreed between us and them, had components of leisure and entertainment in conjunction with the residential components.”

    He added: "It is only those who have actually developed the residential components are demanding infrastructure. We are asking ‘where is our component… where is Dubai’s component?”
    Source:
    http://www.emirates247.com/property/real-estate/why-entertainment-is-the-key-to-dubailand-s-fortunes-2012-04-30-1.456335

  8. dubailandinsider is offline Curious Chap
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    And here are the status updates as of April 2012:

    Arabian Legends Theme Park (announced April 2004):
    http://www.albawaba.com/business/gfh...nds-theme-park
    --> NEVER BUILT

    Falcon City of Wonders Theme Park (announced April 2005):
    http://www.ameinfo.com/57168.html
    --> ONLY BUILT A FALCON WING OF VILLAS. NEVER STARTED BUILDING ATTRACTIONS OR THE PYRAMIDS, EIFFEL TOWERS, TAJ MAHAL ETC THAT WERE PROMISED.

    Restless Planet (announced June 2005, or earlier):
    http://www.ameinfo.com/61728.html
    --> GROUNDWORK FOR THE CITY OF ARABIA SHOPPING MALL (OF WHICH RESTLESS PLANET WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF) HAS BEEN DONE, BUT CONSTRUCTION CAME TO A STOP MANY YEARS AGO. WORK ON RESTLESS PLANET NEVER STARTED IN DUBAI. DINOSAURS STORED IN JAPAN.

    Aqua Dunya (announced September 2005):
    http://www.ameinfo.com/67384.html
    --> THERE WAS A 'GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY', BUT CONSTRUCTION NEVER STARTED.

    F-1 X Dubailand (announced October 2005):
    http://new.arabianbusiness.com/formu...bai-63630.html
    --> CONSTRUCTION STARTED, BUT STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE. THEME PARK CORPSE LAYS ADJACENT TO DUBAI AUTODROME AND THE UNFINISHED MARRIOTT HOTEL.

    Great Dubai Wheel (announced October 2006):
    http://www.ameinfo.com/97936.html
    --> NEVER STARTED

    Marvel Dubailand (announced March 2007)
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/...71124120070322
    --> NEVER STARTED. DESERTED OFFICE NEXT TO GLOBAL VILLAGE.

    Universal Studios Dubailand (announced May 2007):
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/...45159620070501
    --> CONSTRUCTION STARTED AND STOPPED IN Q3 OR Q4 2008. THEME PARK SITE LAYS ABANDONED IN THE DESERT BEHIND OUTLET CITY MALL.

    Paramount Theme Park (announced June 2007):
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/...31591520070625
    --> NEVER STARTED

    DreamWorks Animation Park Dubailand (announced January 2008):
    http://www.arabianbusiness.com/dream...bai-53122.html
    --> NEVER STARTED

    Little Big Club Theme Park (announced February 2008):
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981241?refCatId=14
    --> NEVER STARTED

    Six Flags Dubailand (announced March 2008):
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/...68704220080305
    --> NEVER STARTED

    Freej Dubailand (announced May 2008):
    http://gulfnews.com/business/constru...iland-1.103170
    --> NEVER STARTED

    Legoland Dubailand (announced May 2008):
    http://www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidZA...0Theme%20Parks
    --> NEVER STARTED

    Please correct me if I'm wrong!!

  9. Imagine if all those parks were built. I would go their for every single holiday, lets hope however by 2020 we still have a large collection of parks as well as other unique attractions and destinations

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