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Dubailand will be so big that it will stretch for about 10 miles inland towards the desert, to the south of the inland end of Dubai Creek
This latter road is a good link from both Dubai International Airport, north of Dubai Creek, and the massive new Al Maktoum International Airport currently being constructed in the Jebel Ali area at the southern end of Dubai city.
Dubailand will include 45 mega projects and 200 sub projects. There will be the largest collection of amusement parks in the world, even larger than Disneyworld at Orlando, Florida.
Private reaction towards the project has been very positive and Dubai has exceeded the $4.9 billion private investment figure it expected on the entire project by collecting approximately $6 billion from the private sector for the first phase alone.
The first of four phases comprising the development of Dubailand will be completed in 2008. The developers have decided to extend the park by 50% subsequently delaying its completion date.
Completion of the final phase is targeted for some time between 2015 and 2018.
Dubailand is seen by its designers as a city, and therefore like a city, they expect it to continue to grow and develop beyond the four phase plan.
One of the most eagerly awaited attractions within Dubailand is the Sahara Kingdom theme park, situated in the Attractions & Experience World.
Sahara Kingdom covers 460,000 m2 or 4,951,399 sq ft and will combine high-end virtual and physical theme park rides; attractions such as a state of the art gaming zone; IMAX theater, and integrated live and virtual entertainment shows, together with a retail zone, four hotels and residential accommodation.
The theme of Sahara Kingdom is traditional Arabia folklore and the tales of One Thousand and One Nights. Sahara Kingdom is due for completion in October 2010.
On January 19, 2008, Dreamworks announced plans to build a Dreamworks Park in Dubailand.
On March 4, 2008, the developers, Tatweer, announced a strategic alliance with the world-renowned American theme park company, Six Flags to build a 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2) Six Flags Dubailand theme park. This theme park is scheduled to break ground sometime in 2009.
On May 1, 2008, Tatweer announced the launch of Freej Dubailand.
Freej Dubailand will boast hotels totalling 2,600 bedrooms, and feature retail, food and beverage outlets, as well as a spectrum of entertainment attractions.
On May 2, 2008, the finalization of the design and conceptual master plan for the world's first ever Marvel Superheroes theme park, was announced.
The Marvel Superheroes theme park will boast 17 rides and attractions. It will also comprise nine retail outlets on an area of 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2). Over 40 food and beverage outlets, including carts merchandising light refreshments, will be developed over 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2). area. Groundbreaking for the project is expected to be conducted in the first quarter of 2009, with the theme park scheduled to open doors on 31 December, 2012.
On May 6, 2008, Tatweer announced a strategic alliance with Merlin Entertainments Group to build a Legoland park in Dubailand.
The project will cost Dh912 million, occupy a total of 3,000,000 sq ft (278,709 m2), and will feature more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions geared towards families with children ages 2 to 12. The park will open at the end of 2011.