Inspired by Hollywood
In 2012, Dubai Parks and Resorts, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, set out to double its annual visitor numbers from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million in 2020 and increase the economic contribution of the tourism sector. Development company, Meraas Holding of Dubai, contemplated a movie-themed park and looked to Los Angeles for direction. The design phase of Motiongate started in LA in early 2013. The 100% schematic package was submitted by entertainment consultants Mycotoo and RIVA Group.
IMA Design of Newport Beach, Calif. was hired as the landscape architect. The firm prepared the area development schematic design lockdown package and submitted it in 2014. The 93.5-acre Hollywood-themed park opened in the winter of 2016.
The Guest Experience
Motiongate Dubai is a cinematic journey of thrills, fantasy, and pure unbridled adventure into the fantastic world of film that invites guests into worlds of fantasy and adventure as told through a series of popular films. The entrance celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood, as visitors enter underneath an iconic film reel and into a universe of entertainment and cinematic attractions. The iconic child fishing from a crescent moon marks entry into DreamWorks. Indoor adventures are based on animation franchises: Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon. At Smurf Village, guests step into a "Smurftastic" playground filled with high-climbing rope play, crawl-throughs, mazes, interactive mushroom-shaped playhouses, and several engaging attractions.
Columbia Pictures Studios is an infusion of pulse-pounding thrills. The attraction is based on films including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Ghostbusters, and Underworld. With thrill attractions and a high-energy live stage show, the Lionsgate Zone brings to life the action-fueled world of The Hunger Games and awe-inspiring dance favorites Step Up: All in and Step Up: Revolution.
As seen in LASN magazine, October 2019.