New Dubai Theme Parks Triple the Fun Factor

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The entrance to Motiongate, one of the new Dubai theme parks

As if an evening of indoor skiing or an afternoon on the waterslides at the Atlantis The Palm were not enough for meeting attendees, three newly opened Dubai theme parks have elevated the fun factor to a new level.


The first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East, LEGOLAND Dubai features 15,000 LEGO model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks. It opened in October, and its sister theme park, Lgoland Water Park, just opened last month. A highlight there is Build-A-Raft River, where visitors can create their own rafts using Lego soft bricks, for a trip down a lazy river.


Bollywood Parks Dubai opened in November, a four-park experience centered around Hindi movies, which are hugely popular here. Dubai has become a favorite haunt for Bollywood stars, and many of them vacation here and will make appearances at the park.


Dubai has united three of Hollywood’s legendary film studios (Dream Works Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate) into one theme park, Motiongate, which just opened in December. A literal “Hollywood in the Desert,” it has 27 rides and attractions, including five rollercoasters. The park is available for corporate teambuilding, product launches, and events at its various venues, including a 1,000-seat Art Deco–style theater.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.