Marvel Adventure to open in Dubai

Marvel Adventure to open in Dubai

Spiderman, Hulk and the rest of the superheroes are heading to the Middle East next year as part of a US$5-billion indoor theme park
Marvel Adventure developers are banking on fans of the comic book-based films, like "The Hulk" and "Spiderman," to fuel attendance. (File Photo)

Comic book geeks in the Middle East will be able to satiate their cravings for close-up superhero encounters when Marvel Adventure opens in Dubai in late 2013.

Part of the under-development, US$5-billion, 11-hectare IMG Theme Park, Marvel Adventure will be an indoor attraction filled with retail outlets, restaurants and interactive experiences, all featuring the popular Marvel Characters.

So will visitors be enjoying tea with Tony Stark or arm-wrestling matches against The Hulk? 

Developers aren't spilling many specifics just yet. Other then a promise that, like most things in the United Arab Emirates, it will be big. 

“This will be one part of the region’s largest temperature-controlled entertainment destinations that IMG is developing which is sure to be a strategic landmark in Dubai, appealing to the region as well as other parts of the world,” said Mustafa Galadari of IMG Group, as quoted by Abu Dhabi daily The National.

Plans scaled back

Nevertheless, having first announced plans for a Marvel theme park in Dubai in 2007, the project was put on hold when the global financial crisis hit, and the Los Angeles Times reports that plans for Marvel Adventure have been significantly scaled down from what was originally designed back in 2008.

For one, it won't have large rides.  

Which is too bad, as the original plans for the park looked pretty cool. (United States-based theme-park designer Chimera still has the artist renderings on its website.) 

To be fair, scaling things down just might be a smart move. The world's largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, laid off 100 workers late last year due to low attendance levels. That theme park has only been open a year and a half.  

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