Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Dubai’s 20th Century Fox World theme park on hold as developer warns of attractions oversupply

Dubai’s 20th Century Fox World theme park on hold as developer warns of attractions oversupply
May 1, 2018

Plans for a 20th Century Fox World theme park in Dubai are on hold, with the developer voicing concern about an “oversupply” of attractions in the region.

Al Ahli Group signed a global licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products in 2015, allowing it to build four Fox branded theme parks anywhere outside the US.

The first one was to be a 36 hectare property in Dubai adjacent to Outlet Mall, with attractions based on Fox products, such as The Simpsons, Ice Age, Night at the Museum, Planet of the Apes and Titanic.

However, with work yet to begin on the property, Al Ahli Group Chief Exectuive Mohammed Khammas has voiced concerns over an “oversupply” of themed entertainment destinations in the region.

Speaking to Arabian Business, Khammas stated “we've realised that there’s now a serious supply of theme parks in Dubai.

“The developers have done an amazing job, and the existing offering is perfect, but right now people should stay away from developing another one, at least for the foreseeable future.”

In recent years, Dubai Parks and Resorts has invested US$2.9 billion in building Bollywood, Legoland, MotionGate, and Riverland; IMG World has launched next to Global Village, and Six Flags is expected to open in late 2019.

In addition, Abu Dhabi has Ferrari World, with Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi set to open in the middle of the year.

In the interview, Khammas also warned against the oversupply of “identikit” shopping malls in Dubai, adding “within the same stretch of highway near (in Dubai) I run into seven malls, but I can only shop in one of them.

“I understand that developers gravitate towards what seems to make the most money, but it needs to be a sustainable business over the long run.”

26th June 2018 - ABU DHABI DEVELOPERS LOOK FOR YAS ISLAND TO BECOME TOP GLOBAL LEISURE DESTINATION

8th February 2018 - RIDES REVEALED AS WARNER BROS WORLD ABU DHABI CONSTRUCTION MOVES FORWARD

6th January 2018 - BUILDER ANNOUNCED TO DELIVER ABU DHABI’S MULTIPURPOSE YAS ARENA 

1st February 2017 - FERRARI WORLD ABU DHABI EXPANSION TO DRIVE MORE VISITS

30th January 2017 - SEA WORLD TO OPEN ON ABU DHABI’S YAS ISLAND 

13th October 2016 - AUTHORITIES PLAN TO REUSE MORE THAN 80% OF DUBAI EXPO 2020 SITE

3rd June 2016 - DUBAI TO BUILD NEW 10,000 CAPACITY CONFERENCE CENTRE

12th January 2015 - YAS MALL BRINGS NEW RETAIL AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES TO ABU DHABI

4th November 2015 - FOX WORLD THEME PARK AND RESORT TO BE DEVELOPED IN DUBAI

21st October 2015 - WEAK RINGGIT DELAYS OPENING OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX THEME PARK IN MALAYSIA

29th June 2015 - THEME PARKS IN DUBAI SET TO ATTRACT REVENUES CLOSE TO US$5 BILLION BY 2020

23rd June 2015 - UAE LEISURE SECTOR TO ATTRACT 45 MILLION VISITORS BY 2021

17th July 2014 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW TO DEVELOP ASIA’S SECOND TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX WORLD THEME PARK 

10th April 2014 - ABU DHABI SEEKS INVESTORS FOR EVENTS VENUE 


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

CENTAMAN

Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

GreeneDesk

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 

Neptune Benson

Neptune Benson is a manufacturer of high quality water filtration and disinfection products for the recreational, industrial, and municipal water markets. With more than 20,000 installations…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

REGUPOL

Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

Aussie Strength

We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business