Disney not planning Dubai theme park

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Since the planned leisure/entertainment resort Dubailand stalled at the onset of the global financial crisis, many in the UAE hoped the Disney Corporation would step in instead to fill the Middle East’s theme park void.  Now, Disney has stated that it has no plans to pursue a new Disneyland theme park in Dubai, but does find the market “attractive” for potential future development.

Dubailand was once planned to be larger than Walt Disney World in Florida, inking deals with Legoland, Universal Studios and thrill-ride giant Six Flags.  However, the economic realities facing Dubai have forced a more scaled-back version of the planned $91 billion project.  However, many industry analysts suggest Dubai really needs a Disney-style theme park to draw the amount of tourists necessary to meet the UAE’s goal of attracting 15 million tourists by 2020.

 

 

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Since the planned leisure/entertainment resort Dubailand stalled at the onset of the global financial crisis, many in the UAE hoped the Disney Corporation would step in instead to fill the Middle East’s theme park void.  Now, Disney has stated that it has no plans to pursue a new Disneyland theme park in Dubai, but does find the market “attractive” for potential future development.

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Since the planned leisure/entertainment resort Dubailand stalled at the onset of the global financial crisis, many in the UAE hoped the Disney Corporation would step in instead to fill the Middle East’s theme park void.  Now, Disney has stated that it has no plans to pursue a new Disneyland theme park in Dubai, but does find the market “attractive” for potential future development.

Dubailand was once planned to be larger than Walt Disney World in Florida, inking deals with Legoland, Universal Studios and thrill-ride giant Six Flags.  However, the economic realities facing Dubai have forced a more scaled-back version of the planned $91 billion project.  However, many industry analysts suggest Dubai really needs a Disney-style theme park to draw the amount of tourists necessary to meet the UAE’s goal of attracting 15 million tourists by 2020.

 

 

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