What’s On has news for the Jebel Ali theme parks in Dubai, with Dubai Park & Resorts announcing Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai.

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Thrill-seekers rejoice! A theme park in Dubai moved another step closer today as key aspects of the Dubai Park and Resorts were officially unveiled.

Scheduled for completion in 2016, we now know the first phase of the Dhs10 billion leisure and entertainment district in Jebel Ali will feature Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai. The development will also feature Riverpark, a grand entrance plaza and a family themed hotel Lapita.

These definitive outlines for a project first approved in 2012 are the first announcement since April when partnerships with US-based theme park operator Six Flags Entertainment Corporation.

“Dubai Parks and Resorts has been designed as the first of its kind entertainment destination that simultaneously opens the gates of three theme parks,” a spokesman for Meraas Holding, said.

“The project will feature leading intellectual properties from elite industry players to create leisure and entertainment concepts that are expected to draw more than five million residents and tourists annually. We are confident our efforts will contribute to achieving the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 and become the pride of our nation.

“At Meraas, we are excited to signal the start of an ambitious destination that is anticipated to generate thousands of new jobs as an international entertainment hub.”

According to the information released by Meraas, Motiongate Dubai will be inspired by the great and the good of the silver screen, taking visitors on a journey through the showbiz world on a collection of rides and attractions.

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The second area is being dubbed the first theme park in the world dedicated to the Indian film industry.

As for Legoland, it is one of several similar projects being created by Merlin Entertainments around the world, including Japan, Orlando, Istanbul, China and South Korea.

The whole project is expected to be completed in late 2017.

Meanwhile, work continues apace at forthcoming Dubai theme park IMG Worlds of Adventure. The hotly-anticipated park will feature four ‘EPIC Zones’: the Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure with animatronic dinosaurs, Cartoon Network, IMG Boulevard and MARVEL, plus a vast range of shops and restaurants. The state-of-the-art attractions, mega-coasters and immersive rides will all be themed around popular cartoon characters and superheroes. Estimates suggest the park will bring ten million tourists to the UAE every year.