METRO AND A MINI ME­TROP­O­LIS – NEXT STOP LE­GOLAND

The much-awaited Le­goland Dubai is now open

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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.

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