IMG Worlds plans second Dubai theme park

New indoor entertainment project to comprise of nine zones


IMG Worlds has announced plans for Worlds of Legends, a 186,000 sqm. indoor theme park in Dubai which will be bigger than its previous project, IMG Worlds of Adventure.

Offering a retractable roof and new attractions, the theme park will include nine zones featuring some of the world’s most recognisable brands, including Mattel, Pokémon, Cartoon Network and Ubisoft.

The new addition will also include water-based rides, 9,700 sqm of food and beverage options and 9,500 sqm of retail space all within a temperature-controlled environment.

“This will be a separate proposition from our IMG Worlds of Adventure attraction and will be adjacent to the theme park,” commented Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds. “These are two separate day destinations, with separate entry gate and ticket, though there will be some aspects that will be connected.”

IMG Worlds of Legends will connect to IMG Worlds of Adventure via a sky bridge, which will double as a gateway to the park. There will also be a pedestrian walkway, allowing easy transit between the two parks.

Otto did not disclose the cost of the project, but said the price tag will be higher than the $1bn IMG Worlds of Adventure, as the operator will be adding more than 46,000 sqm of space.

The new theme park will mark one of the biggest global licensing deals of its kind. The nine zones making up the new theme park include Nickelodeon, Ubisoft, Saban Brands, Pokeman, Mattel, the Anime zone, Cartoon Network as well as two IMG Worlds’ proprietary brands including the first ever Middle Eastern themed attraction, Legends of Arabia and the brand’s Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure.

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