Meraas creates canal in the desert for Dubai theme parks project

Dubai-based developer Meraas Holding has announced an additional a grand entrance plaza and canal development that will interconnect its three theme parks in Dubai Parks & Resorts project in Jebel Ali.

The first phase of the project will comprise three theme parks – Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Dubai – and will now also include Riverpark, a waterside retail and dining development.

Spanning an area of 120,000m2 with a total built up area of 20,000m2, Riverpark will include retail outlets, casual dining options, quick service restaurants, as well as varied indoor and outdoor entertainment offerings.

A one kilometre canal will flow through the development, lined with cafés and retail outlets on either side, with water taxis to ferry visitors in between venues.

The plaza will also feature an expansive arena for hosting community events, street entertainment and a range of outdoor activities.

Raed Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks & Resorts, said: “Riverpark will serve as a central meeting point for visitors across the three themed amusement parks as well as guests to the Polynesian themed family hotel, Lapita.

“The precinct is sure to find resonance with visitors keen to sit back and unwind after an eventful day at the theme parks or to simply enjoy a fun evening with family and friends.”

Phase 1 of the development is set for completion in 2016.