Dubai Parks & Resorts, Etisalat to create 'Smart' theme park
Telco to design and implement end-to-end ICT and security infrastructure in preparation for resort opening
Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination, and Etisalat have announced their collaboration in creating the region’s first-of-its-kind integrated ‘smart’ theme park resort in the United Arab Emirates.
Together, Dubai Parks and Resorts and Etisalat will leverage the capabilities of the UAE’s telecom infrastructure and digital technologies to not only create an interactive guest experience, but also enhance the country’s Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem in support of Dubai’s ‘smart city’ vision.
As part of the collaboration, Etisalat, the ICT and digital solutions provider for Dubai Parks and Resorts, will design and implement end-to-end smart solutions as well as build and manage a park-wide robust and scalable ICT and security infrastructure in preparation for the opening of the resort in October 2016.
Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO, Dubai Parks and Resorts, said, "Once operational, Dubai Parks and Resorts will not only fulfil the UAE’s vision to create an innovative digital economy while simultaneously supporting Dubai’s drive to build a smart city, but will also bring to life a consumer experience where the Internet of Things is realized.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will work closely together to deliver a seamless and engaging guest experience using omni-channel customer interactions through mobile devices, web portals, RFID wristbands, smart kiosks and digital signage. Etisalat will implement a set of smart applications and solutions at the entertainment destination to offer an innovative experience before, during and after the visit to the resort. These include unified marketing and engagement, smart ticketing, digital payments, smart parking, connected transportation, connected food and beverage, as well as retail and digital entertainment.
“Today, we live in a digital world and our guests expect a fully integrated digital experience. Our partnership with Etisalat delivers on this expectation, and will enable access to Dubai Parks and Resorts in many forms. From booking tickets, to finding parking spaces, to choosing rides with lower wait times or deciding on the right cuisine to eat, this collaboration will facilitate an unforgettable trip for visitors with few simple clicks on their smart devices,” added Al Nuaimi.
Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO of Etisalat, said, “We are pleased about this partnership as it paves the way for the region’s first smart park and contributes to making the UAE the most sought-after global destination for family-oriented entertainment. Keeping with the evolution of the IoT era, it underpins our commitment to support the nation’s long-term strategy in promoting digitisation initiatives and developing the connected ecosystem of the UAE, including large-scale developments.
“Through state-of-the-art infrastructure and platforms such as cloud, M2M and IoT, and with our expertise, capabilities and strong track record of delivering flagship ICT projects, we believe we are well-positioned to support Dubai Parks and Resorts realize its ‘smart park’ vision and objectives,” Al Abdooli added.
Dubai Parks and Resorts will feature motiongate Dubai – a unique theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND Park and a LEGOLAND Water Park. 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.