Marvel Adventure Theme Park Hits Dubai In 2013

Orlando and Hertfordshire have Hogwarts, California has Cars Land and now Dubai is going to get the Marvel universe.

The folks over at The Ilyas & Mustafa Galdari (IMG) Group have been planning on opening a giant Marvel-themed entertainment extravaganza in the City of Arabia, Dubai. It's set to open towards the end of 2013, but today an official ground-breaking ceremony took place to commemorate the start of production.

"Following the outstanding global and local box office success of Marvel’s The Avengers, and the strong affinity for Marvel in the UAE, we are thrilled to be working with the IMG Group to bring Marvel’s most popular characters to kids and families across Dubai," Simon Philips, President of Marvel Entertainment International, said according to Emirates 24/7 (via

He continued, "Whether it’s having fun at one of the entertainment experiences, hanging out with friends and enjoying a meal or collecting the latest Marvel gadgets and action figures, there is truly something for everyone at Marvel Adventure."

The end goal is to have the 1.2 million square foot indoor family entertainment center be one of the area's "largest entertainment destinations." The Marvel Adventure portion of it will be 350,000 square feet and include retail outlets, dining facilities and "a range of interactive entertainment experiences featuring Marvel characters." That includes plenty of Marvel merchandise and food and beverages that will honor the wide array of cultures that Marvel characters come from.

"We are pleased to collaborate with Marvel for our multi-faceted themed family entertainment destination. This will be one part of the region’s largest 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 Ilyas Galadari and Mustafa Galadari of IMG Group.

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