Legends project to boost local tourism

US $3.8 billion leisure project is set to draw in the crowds

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By  Zoe Naylor Published  September 17, 2005

Dubai’s tourism and leisure industry is set to receive a boost with the launch of Legends Dubailand, a US $3.8 billion mixed-use project. The 2.3 million m2 development will be located on the Dubailand site. “The project will be undertaken in three phases,” explains Fauzia Al-Khanjari, general manager of Legends Dubailand. “The bulk earthmoving contract has been awarded and work is due to begin soon. We’re aiming for an overall completion date of 2014.” Backed by Bahrain-based Islamic commercial and banking services company, Gulf Finance House, Legends will offer family entertainment and leisure facilities and is designed to be a leisure hub for local, regional and international visitors and tourists. It will include a collection of theme parks complete with themed hotels, 500 individual villas, residential apartments, a business and commercial park and a variety of leisure facilities. “The end result will be an overall integrated theme with all the individual projects complementing one another as part of the overall picture of Dubailand,” says Al-Khanjari. The Legends Theme Park Resort will include three theme parks: Legends of Arabia, Legends of Nature and Legends of the World. Four themed hotels will reflect the various destination themes. The 50-storey Legends Tower Hotel, combined with the office towers and conference centre, will be the focal point and will overlook the Legends development, while the Arabian, Caribbean and Medieval-themed hotels will be located at the entrance of each theme park. A 9-hole themed Legends Golf Course and Golf Academy is planned, and visitors will be able to stay at the 120-room themed Golf Course Hotel. Five hundred villas will also be built on and around the course. The Legends Leisure Complex will be a promenade offering shopping, entertainment and dining facilities. “What makes this project different from others in Dubai is that we’re going to be catering to the entire family,” says Al Khanjari. “Tourism here is rapidly on the increase; we’re soon going to be looking at a figure of around 15 million visitors coming to Dubai, and at Legends Dubailand we’re going to be seeing a great part of that traffic coming our way,” she added.

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