METRO AND A MINI METROPOLIS – NEXT STOP LEGOLAND
The much-awaited Legoland Dubai is now open
After the soft opening previews last week, Legoland Dubai is now officially open to the public. Hundreds of people poured through the gates yesterday to experience the theme park inspired by the popular brick-building toy. It is the seventh Legoland park in the world and the first of the three theme parks to open in the Dubai Parks & Resorts (DPR) project.
General manager Siegfried Boerst told 7DAYS during the opening: “There’s nothing like this in the Middle East. It’s a completely new market for us, as a lot of families with smaller children live in this region. I think it is a perfect fit with what Dubai has to offer, and is in line with the Dubai vision of 20 million tourists by 2020. DPR and Legoland will play a big part on that.”
The 20-slide attraction water park isn’t operational yet, but they are looking to open it at the end of the year. There are more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions to see across six themed lands. Boerst added: “This is the first time we have built an indoor Miniland. There are just a few rides not opened today, but they will be opening in the next weeks. But there’s so much to do especially for children.”
“My children are a little grown up so they like the exciting rides like the rollercoaster, for the little ones we have plenty of interactive rides.”
Rides like the Dragon Coaster, Merlin’s Flying Machine, Kid Power Towers and more are already up and running. Check out The Big Shop, where you’ll find the largest selection of Lego toys, and the Pick-a-Brick with bricks in different shapes, sizes and colours available.
Almost as impressive as the real thing, the Burj Khalifa Lego model stands at a height of 16.7m and has a total weight of 994kg. The overall build time was 5,194 hours. While the Burj Al Arab, used 268,176 bricks, stands at 14.93m, weighs 680kg and took 768 hours to build.