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Ripley Entertainment opens at Dubai Global Village

Ripley Entertainment opens at Dubai Global Village
October 29, 2019

Ripley Entertainment is opening its Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attraction today (29th October) at the Dubai Global Village, a destination for culture, shopping and entertainment.

This year the Global Village celebrates its 24th season and also marks the first time a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attraction has launched in the UAE and MENA.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attraction features hands-on interactive activities, historical artefacts, rare exhibits, art made from unusual materials, animal oddities, and pop culture memorabilia.

The Ripley attraction has recently celebrated its100th anniversary with more than 14 million people visiting their 100-plus attractions in 10 countries each year.

Bader Anwahi, Chief Executive Global Village advises: “With the launch of each season of Global Village, we continuously strive to provide UAE audiences with out-of-this-world attractions and experiences that are of the highest international calibre and standards.

“Our steadfast ambition has culminated in the milestone introduction of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to the UAE and MENA.

“We are confident the weird and the wonderful world of Ripley’s will leave a lasting impression on our guests, which is why we are proud to be delivering on our commitment to bringing exceptional entertainment and cultural showcases from across the world to the UAE.”

Exhibits include the world’s only roadworthy wooden-built Ferrari, a megalodon shark jaw, and a large iron Gibeon Meteorite.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will have six unique galleries, as well as Ripley’s Marvelouse Mirror Maze – complete with 100 mirrors, LED lighting and digital sound.

Victor Danau, director of Asia Pacific Operations & Development, Ripley Entertainment added: “It’s an incredible achievement to be bringing a legacy of wonder to the UAE with the launch of the region’s first official Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Attractions.

“For decades, Ripley’s has brought to fans the most extraordinary, unique, bizarre and one-of-a-kind exhibits and experiences the world has to offer.

“We are thrilled to be bringing over a ‘century of strange’ to UAE and Middle Eastern fans. By partnering with Global Village to bring our unique brand of family fun to the Middle East, we believe this partnership will set a new standard for entertainment in the UAE, the region.”

Meanwhile, Emaar Entertainment is launching the UAE’s first high-end electric e-karting experience at the Dubai Mall, amid a growing trend for retailtainment attractions.

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