Dubai Crown Prince General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
Al Maktoum has topped all his previous visionary initiatives with the upcoming
$5 billion Dubailand theme park.
Dubai has launched one of the biggest construction projects in the world, the
$5 billion Dubailand mixed-use theme park, a Middle East answer to Disneyland.
To be built on two billion square feet of land behind the Emirates Road stretching
from the back of Emirates Hills down almost to The Creek, the theme park consists
of 45 separate projects from a space exploration exhibition to full-size dinosaur
Phase One with the core facilities will be completed within two years, while
the progress of the rest of the project depends on the willingness of the private
sector to participate in this immense project.
Announcing the project to the Dubai community Crown Prince General Mohammed
bin Rashid Al Maktoum sharply called on local businessmen not to keep their
money in a bank account but to invest in Dubai.
Dubailand includes the biggest shopping mall in the world, The Mall of Arabia,
several new five-star hotels including one built in sand dunes, an indoor ski-slope,
a complex of sports stadiums, and an ecological dome to grow vegetation in the
heart of the desert.
There will also be an equestrian centre, aviation display, modern art gallery,
water amusement park, multi-cultural garden complex, the largest zoo in the
Middle East, Pyramids and much more.
However, the most striking thing about Dubailand will be its immense scale.
This is a huge area of land and the project will be almost as large as the present
built-up area of Dubai.
Dubailand is designed to entertain and amuse the 15 million tourists a year
Dubai intends to attract and will vastly add to the hospitality infrastructure
of the emirate. This is to be nothing less than the leisure and entertainment
hub of the Middle East, and a world-class tourism attraction similar to Disneyland
Once again the vision of His Highness has stunned the Dubai business community.
But this project has been two years in creation and there will be a spate of
announcements about local and international groups' participation in Dubailand
over the next few months.
For anyone who wondered what future guests staying in Dubai would do with their
time, and how they would spend their money this is the answer. Dubailand is
a bold vision of the modern Middle East and its own dynamic will be the key
to its success.