[Dubai] Aqua Dunya theme park5 octubre, 2007
Aqua Dunya Theme Park
Situado en Dubailand y con una superficie de 2,4 millones de metros cuadrados, el Aqua Dunya será el parque temático más grande en Oriente Medio cuando se inaugure en 2009-2010.
El centro de este resort será el mayo barco de crucero del mundo, The Desert Pearl. Inspirado en un cuento árabe, el barco será un hotel con 400 habitaciones , The Desert Pearl Hotel, y varias atracciones indoor.
Aqua Dunya tendrá 36 atracciones de agua y mecánicas. Otras atracciones que tendrá:
- 300-room 5-star Polynesian Hotel
- 400-room 4-star Arabian Port Hotel
- 170 vacation apartments
- 1,100 residential apartments
- 1800-person capacity theatre
- Conference centre
Al Sharq Investments tiene un mega centro turístico de 900 millones de USD denominado Aqua Dunya programado para Dubai, Emiratos Árabes Unidos. Entre los planes se incluyen un parque acuático temático; tres hoteles, incluido el hotel de 5 estrellas con 330 habitaciones Jumeirah Desert Pearl que se encuentra en un barco del siglo XIX; un campo de golf; y un distrito marítimo de restaurantes, ocio y comercios.
USD 1.8 billion Aqua Dunya resort breaks ground
Dubai-based developer, Aqua Dunya LLC, and its sponsor investor, Al Sharq Investment, have broken ground on the first phase of the USD 1.8 billion water-themed family entertainment destination in Dubailand.
United Arab Emirates: 16th May, 2007
Andrew Duncan, Managing Director for Turner & Townsend International – Project Manager for Aqua Dunya; Ali Al Sherhi, Chairman of Al Sharq Investment; Andrew Turner, Project Director of Aqua Dunya LLC; Steven Tight, CEO of Aqua Dunya LLC; Mohammed Al Habbai, CEO of Dubailand; and Guy Crawford, CEO of Jumeirah at the Aqua Dunya Resort and Residences ground breaking ceremony.
Aqua Dunya’s centerpiece, the iconic Desert Pearl, themed as the largest cruise ship in the world anchored at its desert oasis, will create a new landmark for Dubai’s growing tourism market when it opens in January 2010. Aqua Dunya aims to become one of the largest theme park resorts in the Middle East, attracting over three million visitors annually at build-out.
‘The arrival of the bulldozers on site marks another major milestone in the realization of our vision for Aqua Dunya’, said Mr. Ali Al Shehri, Chairman of Al Sharq Investment.
Aqua Dunya Resort and Residences will be developed in three phases to address the growing demand as tourist arrivals increase to Dubai. The first phase comprises the Aqua Dunya Theme Park, Jumeirah Desert Pearl Hotel and Port District, 170 timeshare apartments, and 1,000 freehold residences.
In deference to the Middle East culture, Steve Tight, CEO of Aqua Dunya, explained, ‘What’s unique about Aqua Dunya is the combination of wet and dry rides in the same park. Unlike traditional water parks, our guests can enjoy Aqua Dunya while dressed in a swim suit or in street clothes to encourage the whole family to experience the excitement together.’
The theme park is comprised of three islands, each themed around the tales of Rakaan and his adventures on the high seas, and a number of rides inside the ship itself.
The first phase theme park will have 35 rides and shows at opening expanding to 55 at build-out, and will appeal to all demographic segments from young children to adults.
Jumeirah, the operator of landmark luxury hotels in Dubai and throughout the world and the renowned ‘Wild Wadi’ water park in Dubai, will be operating the first phase of the resort, including the Aqua Dunya Theme Park, Jumeirah Desert Pearl Hotel, and the Port District.
The five-star Jumeirah Desert Pearl Hotel in the stern of the authentic turn of the century cruise ship will offer 400 luxurious staterooms and suites with views to the surrounding oasis, innovative themed restaurants, a top quality spa, and a variety of recreational facilities.
The Port District offers unique merchandise from around the world in a traditional Arabian souk setting and exotic international dining overlooking the massive 330 meter long cruise ship which forms the backdrop for world-class nightly entertainment.
Aqua Dunya also includes a family-oriented timeshare development with themed one to four bedroom vacation apartments bordering the theme park and canal. The first phase of the residential community sits at the end of the canal with freehold apartments and townhouses fronting an esplanade of waterfront shops and restaurants.
At build-out, Aqua Dunya will include two world class theme parks, three themed hotels, a retail and dining district, a 1,400 seat waterfront theater, a nine-hole golf course, 755 timeshare apartments, and an adjacent residential community with over 2,600 freehold residences.