LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park have announced that they will throw their doors open on 31 October 2016. As part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest theme park resort destination, the two parks have also unveiled new and exciting details about their combined 60 rides, shows, water slides, attractions and building experiences.
Designed for families with children aged 2-12, and including 6 themed areas, 60 million LEGO bricks and 15,000 LEGO model structures, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park’s attractions encompass LEGO building experiences and playful learning in one place. To celebrate the countdown to opening, the LEGOLAND Parks have released more fun details of what everyone can look forward to experiencing in October this year:
LEGOLAND Dubai will feature six themed lands: FACTORY, LEGO CITY, IMAGINATION, KINGDOMS, ADVENTURE and MINILAND – each unique in their design, entertainment and playful learning experience. If you have kids aged 3 onwards, they can get their very own LEGOLAND Driver’s License at the LEGO City Driving School. Children aged 6-12 can learn about road safety and how to drive in LEGO CITY, which will feature 45 mini electric cars.
Families and children at LEGOLAND Water Park will get a splash-filled thrill from the Joker Soaker’s bucket, spilling a torrential 300 gallons of water every few minutes. The Dragon Coaster is LEGOLAND Dubai’s biggest ride at 16 metres high and reaches speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.
Over 20 million LEGO bricks will be used in MINILAND, where LEGOLAND Dubai has recreated scenes and famous landmarks from the UAE, GCC and Middle East region, including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The largest LEGO model in the Parks (outside of MINILAND) is the Icon Dragon and is made from 395,251 bricks, while the smallest LEGO model is the Minilander made from 20 LEGO bricks.
It took a total of 3,900 hours to build the biggest LEGO model in the Park, including 1250 hours for new development and 2,650 hours for gluing and assembly. The minimum age to get into the DUPLO Wave Pool is two years old, making it the perfect place for LEGOLAND Water Park’s tiniest tots to cool off.
LEGOLAND Dubai’s 4D movie theatre will be the only place in the whole of the Middle East where families can watch ‘The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure’. LEGOLAND Dubai’s FACTORY area is home to The BIG SHOP, the biggest LEGO store in the Middle East where visitors can find 610 different LEGO Box Sets.
Submarine Adventure will be home to over 2230 inhabitants, made up of nearly 60 different species of fish, sharks and invertebrates. The largest species is the Zebra Shark at 1.5m and the smallest is Reticulated Damsel at 2cms. LEGOLAND Dubai, together with LEGOLAND Water Park, is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts which will also feature motiongate Dubai – a unique theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate.
Dubai Parks and Resorts will also feature Bollywood Parks Dubai, the first ever theme park based on the sights and sounds of Bollywood. The entire destination will be connected by Riverland Dubai – a retail, dining and entertainment walkway and guests can stay at the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families.
LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park recently announced the launch of their Annual Pass, offering fun and exciting experiences for guests who want to be the “first to play” at the LEGOLAND parks’ 60 rides, waterslides attractions and building experiences before they officially open to the public in October this year.
The first Annual Pass holders will become privileged members that will be among the first families ever to try the rides and attractions, and will enjoy exclusive incentives including special access to private events helping to put the finishing touches on the park, as well as a commemorative LEGO brick and Annual Pass Card.
In addition to 12 months admission to LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park, all annual pass holders will enjoy benefits such as discounts on the park’s retail and food and beverage and special offers throughout the year. The annual two-park combo pass for LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park is priced at AED 995, with the annual pass for LEGOLAND Dubai priced at AED 765.
Review Central Middle East will be at LEGOLAND Dubai when it open next week. We will bring you live coverage from the opening ceremony. So stay tuned!
UAE’s First Off-Road and Adventure Park XQuarry to Open on Feb 5th in Mleiha
Thrill-seekers and adventure lovers in the UAE can now look forward to a new address! The XQuarry Off-Road & Adventure Park located around Al Faya Mountain in the Mleiha desert in Sharjah is set to open for the public on February 5th and 6th, 2021 offering off-roading thrill, obstacle races, hikes, and remote- control cars, guaranteeing unbeatable fun, action, and adventure.
XQuarry Adventure Park, UAE’s first Off-Road and Adventure Park caters to off-roaders and adventure -seekers with almost 15km of tracks, 20 custom- build off-roading obstacles, a dedicated obstacle running course, mountain bike trails, a remote-control car area as well as hiking trails
Spread across approximately a million square metres of an old cement quarry, XQuarry offers a range of adventurous and fun activities for people of all ages and fitness levels, featuring Off -Roading, Obstacle Running, Mountain Biking, Hiking and Remote-Controlled Cars.
XQuarry Adventure Park provides the opportunity for all to escape the ordinary, explore thrilling and challenging activities and immerse themselves in a fun-filled day amidst magnificent desert scenario. The focus of the park is to provide outdoor training and education for people to learn and master their skills to act safe and responsible in the outdoors.
The XQuarry Off-Road and Adventure Park have been created in close co-operation and strategic partnership with Mleiha and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority – Shurooq (Sharjah Government). Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Chief Operating Officer, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) said, “We are happy to partner with XQuarry in launching UAE’s first Off-Road and Adventure Park in Sharjah. Mleiha, home to rich history and landscapes, is already well-known among travellers for the diverse desert experiences. The new adventure park, being first of its kind in the UAE, will provide a set of completely different experiences for off-roading enthusiasts and adventure lovers and will give more reasons to explore Sharjah’s central region.”
Saoud Al Kaabi, Director and Partner, XQuarry Off-Road and Adventure Park said, “I love the silence and tranquility of the desert and mountains especially after busy days on film sets or events. It’s important for me to share the beauty of my home country with other people and especially, get the younger generation out in nature to explore and experience adventures in a safe environment. XQuarry is just a step in that direction.”
Daniel Birkhofer, Managing Partner, XQuarry Off-Road and Adventure Park said, “We want to help people develop their off-roading skills and technical knowledge to make them better drivers. This applies also to the other activities we offer – whether you experience alone, in groups or with one of our guides does not matter, you will improve your skills and experience fun with new adventures. We are happy that our partners, Sharjah Government and Sharjah Investment and Development Agency (Shurooq) have been highly supportive in helping us materialise this venture, without them this project would not be possible.”
THE OFF- ROADERS can find approx. 15km of off-roading tracks requiring different skill levels as well as technical modifications on the vehicle. The tracks mostly made of gravel and rocks and a mud pit, come with several obstacles for added fun and adventure. Since most of the impressive dunes in the Northern Emirates are just outside the park, visitors can take advantage of the opportunity to combine a desert drive with a park visit. Drive experiences with rented 4×4 vehicles at XQuarry will be available in the second phase of the park opening.
OBSTACLE RUNNING at XQuarry is the most amazing and challenging permanent obstacle course in the UAE. Approximately 2km of running distance filled with different obstacles await the adrenaline junkies and if this is not enough, trail and ultra-runners can extend their running distance by including the hiking trails. The obstacles include climbing, jumping, crawling, swinging, balancing and voila, you might even get wet!
MOUNTAIN BIKING (MTB) at XQuarry is the closest mountain cycling trail to the big cities reachable in less than an hour. There are single trails as well as MTB obstacle trail and what’s more, you can extend the trails outside the park which go beyond 10km. Enjoy a fun ride up and down small hills or meander through the steep curves and bumps to add to the thrill and fun. Rental bikes are expected to be available soon.
HIKING TRAILS abound for thrill- seekers and families with breath- taking panoramic views of the desert. Short family-friendly loops are available for beginners, while the more daring hikers can scramble through the rocky hurdles and cliffs to reach the mountain top.
REMOTE – CONTROL CARS (RC) are another highlight of the park with approximately 500m of custom-built RC tracks along with dedicated shaded areas for the operators and spectators to overlook the track. Additionally, there are race tracks with curves and jumps to compete for the fasted lap and those seeking technical challenges can enjoy the RC Obstacle Track which shall be available in near future.
Full Box Sets and All-Time Favourites Are Available on STARZPLAY
The entertainment fiesta never stops on STARZPLAY, the leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service in the MENA region, which continues to provide its million-plus subscribers with premium content. With people spending more time at home now, this is the perfect opportunity to binge-watch your favourite shows. From full box sets of the best shows to the latest must-watch Hollywood blockbusters as well as continuing hit titles, there is something for everyone.
Watch the cult classic sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, which remains a top choice for comedy fans, and especially popular among STARZPLAY subscribers, who had the chance of watching the series finale on the platform at the same time it aired in the US last May. So, it may be time for fans to re-visit their favorite scientist pals (and Penny!) and enjoy all 12 seasons of the Golden Globe and Emmy awards winning series, only on STARZPLAY.
STARZPLAY is also home to the much-loved American sitcom The Office, the mockumentary on a group of typical office workers where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and boredom. Fans can watch all the nine-seasons of the hilarious documentary-style TV series that tells stories about contemporary work culture in the most hysterical way.
Fans of the epic historical drama Vikings can watch every new episode of the sixth and final season of the epic action-adventure, that has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, exclusively on STARZPLAY. And for those who are yet to delve into the show’s fascinating world, all previous 5 seasons are currently available on the platform.
While the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the launch of Friends last year, the show remains one of the most beloved and popular sitcoms in TV history, STARZPLAY subscribers can binge-watch all ten seasons of the classic comedy through the platform anytime, anywhere and from any device, and share this joyful experience with their own friends.
Fans of the American television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy can watch every new episode of the fifteenth season starting March 28 on STARZPLAY. Watch how surgical interns and their supervisors embark on a medical journey where they become part of heart-wrenching stories and make life-changing decisions in order to become the finest doctors.
Available in 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan, with more than 10,000 hours of content including premium movies, exclusive and Arabic series, STARZPLAY has also secured its place as the number one player in the MENA region.
OSN Intros PayPal as a Method of Payment
OSN has announced its partnership with PayPal as an official payment method. The service is now available as of 6th March 2020, and with just four easy steps, customers can now subscribe to OSN and pay via Secure Payment Link on PayPal, making it swift and secure.
“OSN aims to always provide its customers with the best possible experience and works towards achieving just that every day. We are proud to announce this partnership with PayPal to allow our customers additional flexibility, making it even more convenient for them to watch their favourite shows and movies,” said Steve MacDiarmid, Chief Commercial Officer of OSN.
PayPal facilitates payments online, allowing customers to pay online using a secure internet account. You simply add your bank account, credit card or debit card details and whenever you pay using PayPal, you can choose which of your cards or accounts it pays with.
PayPal is available for new sales only via the website www.osn.com.
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