Real Madrid theme park plans unveiled for Abu Dhabi

While its plans for a resort in Ras Al Khaimah may have collapsed, Real Madrid is still pursuing leisure plans in the Middle East, with a theme park in Abu Dhabi a strong likelihood.

The Spanish football club had signed a deal with the RAK government and the RAK Marjan Island Football Investment Fund to build a 50-hectare themed resort on the man-made island.

It had been scheduled for completion in January 2015, but the plans were shelved last year and the RAK authorities are negotiating with new partners for the project.

However, speaking at the club’s general assembly, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez indicated that it still had ambitions for the UAE, Sport 360 reported.

“We’re getting there,” he said. “There has never been any economic cost to us. But instead of doing it in a small Emirate, we’re trying to do it in a location in Abu Dhabi.

“We are continuing to advance plans for a theme park where the experience of living Real Madrid will be unique.”