Dubai’s magnum opus: All set to marry Hollywood and Bollywood
05 June, 2016
Domes inspired by the royal palaces of India rise from a new Bollywood theme park under construction in Dubai, part of a drive to lure millions more tourists to the emirate. It already boasts opulent shopping malls and numerous luxury resorts, but the Gulf city-state has even grander ambitions and the film industry is centre stage. Bollywood Parks is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) which is being developed as the region’s ‘largest integrated theme park resort’. Spread over 25 million square feet (2.3 million square metres), it will feature three theme parks and a water park. The resort is located near the region’s busiest port and close to where Dubai is expanding its second airport to make it the world’s largest. The Bollywood theme park, a first of its kind inspired by the Indian popular movie industry, aims with its centrepiece Rajmahal Theatre, cinemas, rides and simulators to increase Dubai's appeal to tourists from South Asia.