World's Largest Projects: Dubai Parks & Resorts

One of the World's Largest Projects located in Dubai

Theme park progress. Photo J Rodriguez

World's Largest Projects: Dubai Parks & Resorts

Dubai Parks & Resorts is a multi-stage long year development offering attractions and amusement park diversion in different theme parks: Motiongate™ Dubai, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, and LEGOLAND® Dubai. The development will also feature Riverland, Lapita and a Waterpark not to mention the lodging places that should be opening during 2016. The Phase 2 expansion will cost about $454 million expansion that will include a "Six Flags Dubai" theme park open as the project's 4th gate by late 2019.


Dubai Parks Construction Team

South Korean contractor, Samsung C&T is managing the overall construction process of the project while Besix Orascom, a contractor will many years of experience including the construction of Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Tram, is in charge for building most of the Legoland theme park. UK-based Laing O’Rourke and Dubai-based Al Futtaim Carillion are responsible for building the Hollywood movie theme park Motiongate. Arco General Contracting has been appointed to build Bollywood Parks.

The three parks had been designed by firms of architects including Rabben Herman, Gensler, HOK, RTKL, Forrec and Riva Creative. CH2M Hill and Samsung SDS also provided infrastructure design.

What Happened to Dubailand?

Dubailand was originally designed as a 3 billion square development that should have been, once completed,the world’s biggest theme park, twice the size of Walt Disney World.

During the design process, the developers thought of adding over 55 hotels, seven themes areas, including Theme parks, culture & art, science & planetariums, sports & sports academies, well-being & health, shopping &​ retail and resorts & hotels that should have been part of this mega project. However, the dream collapsed when property values in the emirate crashed amid the Great Recession and now they are moving forward with this new idea called, Dubai Parks & Resorts.