Dubai will be home to the Middle East's first Legoland, which is being built in advance of the 2020 World Expo. Legos have had a serious bump in popularity lately, becoming the world's largest toymaker as of the second quarter of this year.
The amusement park will be developed by Dubai Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's company, Meraas Holding, which will spend $2.7 billion the Dubai Parks and Resorts Project and is aiming for a 2016 completion. Legos fit perfectly into Dubai's theme for the World Expo: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future."
"Dubai Parks & Resorts has been designed as the first of its kind entertainment destination that simultaneously opens the gates of three theme parks," Meraas Holding chairman Abdulla Al Habbai told The National, "The project will feature leading intellectual properties from elite industry players to create leisure and entertainment concepts that are expected to draw more than five million residents and tourists annually."
As if legos were not enough to entertain the stream of World Expo tourists, Meraas Holding will also be adding two more amusement parks.
The first park will be Bollywood themed and the second park, Motiongate Dubai, will be its Western mirror: all things Hollywood. Motiongate will be the Middle East's take on Universal Studios. There are also tentative plans for the world's biggest ferris wheel and a Quran-themed park.
Dubai is preparing extremely diligently for the World Expo. In addition to these amusement parks, they are building more "central retail, dining plaza and family-friendly hotel at the complex." In May, Dubai officials told Reuters they aim to have 20 million tourists and an $82 billion tourism industry by 2020.