Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

End of the road for Dubai Universal Studios Theme Park plan

End of the road for Dubai Universal Studios Theme Park plan
October 28, 2016

Longstanding plans for a Universal Studios theme park in Dubai have been officially scrapped, after the project’s main backers confirmed the plans have been abandoned.

News agency Zawaya has reported that the theme park’s two main backers – Dubai Holding and Universal Studios Theme Parks and Resorts – have both pulled out of the project, which first broke ground in 2008 and was originally scheduled for completion at the end of 2010.

The development stalled during the 2008 financial crisis and was pushed back to 2015.

A Universal spokesperson advised “while we are always open to opportunities in the region, we’ve stepped away from this specific project.”

Dubai Holding also confirmed it was “no longer in discussions with Universal Parks and Resorts concerning the development of a theme park in Dubai.”

While the Universal development has been shelved, the Middle East is currently experiencing a boom in theme park development.

IMG World’s of Adventure – the world’s largest indoor theme park - opened in August, Legoland Dubai is set to open this weekend while Dubai Parks and Resorts - recently renamed DXB Entertainments – is scheduled to start welcomgin guests from 15th November.

As part of DXB’s continued development, work has also started on a Six Flags property, which will be the fourth park under the company banner, in addition to Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks.

Miral recently broke ground on a new Warner Bros. theme park on Yas Island, set to debut in 2018, while local developer Al Ahli Holding Group is also working on the first Fox-branded theme park in the region, with the attraction is set to open in 2020. 

4th October 2016 - DUBAI PARKS LAUNCHES NEW NAME, ANNOUNCES ATTRACTIONS OPENING DATES

6th September 2016 - WORLD’S LARGEST INDOOR THEME PARK OPENS IN DUBAI

27th May 2016 - ASIAN THEME PARKS LEAD GLOBAL ATTRACTIONS INDUSTRY GROWTH

13th February 2016 - DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS ON TRACK TO OPEN IN OCTOBER 2016

9th May 2014 - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN TO BUILD NEW PARKS IN ASIA

27th May 2011 - DUBAILAND DEVELOPER LOOKS TO REVIVE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS AND LEGOLAND PROJECTS


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

ELITE POOL COVERS

Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Technology / Venues

 
 

PlayRope

Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation

 
 

LINKS MODULAR SOLUTIONS

Links Modular Solutions are a leading provider of high-quality, innovative software solutions for leisure facilities. Our software suite includes modules such as POS, Classes, Members, Facility…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

Enta Australasia

As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd.  Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing.  19th July 2018 - ENTA…

read more

Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 
 
 
 

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