Dubai Parks and Resorts has announced plans to develop a DreamWorks Animation character zone within Motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood-inspired theme park. Motiongate Dubai will cover over 372,000 square metres and is anticipated to attract five million visitors a year. The park will have four zones and 27 attractions, both rides, entertainment shows and dining options.

“We are extremely proud of our alliance with DreamWorks Animation,” said Raed Al Nuaimi, chief executive of Dubai Parks and Resorts. “Working with the studio has been a rewarding experience with its creativity serving as an inspiration for the overall planning of Dubai Parks and Resorts. The zone at Motiongate Dubai will offer incredible up-close and personal interactions for guests with DreamWorks Animation’s strong character portfolio that holds timeless appeal.

“The themed zone will also add an exhilarating dimension to Dubai’s tourism offerings and give one more reason for visitors around the world to include Dubai as a must-visit holiday destination.”

Phase 1 of Dubai Parks and Resorts will comprise three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai. The development, between Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi, is scheduled for completion in 2016 and will also feature Riverpark, a grand entrance plaza and Lapita, a family themed hotel. The development is aimed at those tourists living within a four hour radius of Dubai, but will most likely also appeal to Europeans who are already familiar with the LEGOLAND and DreamWorks brands.