New Delhi: Every year umpteen number of Indians travel to Dubai and if they carry one thing more than anything it is their love for Bollywood!
A Bollywood based park, part of an integrated 30.5 million square feet theme park set to open this October on Dubai-Abu Dhabi border aims to provide an authentic starry experience to its visitors. It is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, which is poised to become the Middle East’s largest integrated theme part resort.
Spread across 1.7 million square feet, it is said to be the first of its kind and aims at providing an authentic Bollywood experience to visitors. The park, based on the sights and sounds of Bollywood, will feature cinematic rides along with themed attractions spread across five zones – Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios featuring a Hall of Heroes.
Films in focus range from ‘Mughal-e- Azam’, ‘Sholay’ to ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.’ The park also features an open-air venue ‘Rangmanch’, for village style song and dance performances.
Other attractions include ‘Rajmahal, a 850-seat cinema theater that will screen a two hour-long Broadway show and ‘Mumbai Express’, a show which celebrates the essence of Mumbai in films, be it the local train or the Tapori culture.
The park is also set to offer 6 themed restaurants that capture India’s mouth watering culinary offerings and eight retail outlets stocking quintessential filmy fare. “There is a zone under the Indian colonial theme where all the Indian themed restaurants are housed,” Vinit Shah, Chief Destination Management Officer, Dubai Parks and Resorts, said during a presentation here today.
A Hollywood-inspired theme park featuring rides and attractions based on beloved characters from ‘Shrek’, ‘Smurfs’, ‘Hunger Games’, ‘Ghostbusters’ from big-name studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate will also open on the same day.
Other theme parks include Legoland and the Legoland Water park, designed specifically for children between 2 years and 12 years. “Legoland will house 15,000 structure from all over the world like the Burj Khalifa and the Taj Mahal made of Lego bricks,” Shah said.
Taking inspiration from Orlando the makers aspire to be the best in the business. “Orlando was a swamp, now it houses four Disney parks, three Seaworld Parks, 2 Universal Studios and a Legoland. We want the same for Dubai,” Shah said.