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Inside the massive Bollywood theme park that’s opening in Dubai this year

Inside the massive Bollywood theme park that’s opening in Dubai this year


Dubai plans to woo millions of movie lovers with an extravagant Bollywood theme park that’s scheduled to open this October. Spread across 1.7 million square feet, Bollywood Parks is suitably over-the-top.

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In true Bollywood fashion, it will pack in plenty of singing, dancing, drama and action, with 3D and 4D rides, live performances, musicals, stunt shows, shops and restaurants inspired by India’s Hindi film industry.

It is located inside the $2.8 billion Dubai Parks & Resort project, which will also house the Hollywood theme park Motiongate. “This was designed and built for the billions of Bollywood fans that live in close proximity to Dubai,” Dubai Parks & Resorts CEO Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi says in a recent video.

Bollywood Parks is targeted at Bollywood fans around the world, but also aims at drawing more Indian tourists to Dubai. India is already the biggest source of Dubai’s foreign tourists, with 1.6 million Indians visiting the country in 2015.

The park will have a replica of Mumbai's Victoria Terminus station.

The park will have a replica of Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus station.
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Bollywood Parks will be divided into five zones, including a Bollywood Film Studio that offers a participatory behind-the-scenes glimpse of film production, 4D rides and a live stage show based on Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. There’s also a replica of Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus station and an 850-seat Rajmahal Theater that will host a ticketed Broadway-style Bollywood musical with performers from Mumbai.

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“Each attraction at Bollywood Parks Dubai has been carefully crafted along with valuable inputs from some of Bollywood’s biggest names,” the press release states.

The park has several rides inspired by Bollywood blockbusters, including the 3D immersive tunnel Don–The Chase inspired by Dona village fair with a simulated cricket pitch from Lagaana stunt show based on Dabangg and a laser gun shooting game from Sholay.

The Rajmahal Theater will host musicals and live shows.

The Rajmahal Theater will host musicals and live shows.
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There are also plans to hold 30 live shows across six stages, and have six Indian restaurants and eight retail outlets offering film memorabilia and souvenirs.

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