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Developer of Dubailand theme park resort seeks to revive four projects

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The backers of the ambitious Dubailand complex are reportedly in talks to revive four projects, including the construction of a number of theme parks.

Dubai Properties Group has previously claimed that it would focus on opening the proposed Universal Studios Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai theme parks, alongside residential properties. Now, Arabian Business reports that the group will announce details of four projects by the second or third quarter of 2012.

Dubailand was originally planned to host a total of seven theme parks, and to cover an area of some 107 square miles. In addition to the LEGOLAND and Universal Studios parks, other projects were to include Warner Bros. Movie World, Six Flags Dubailand, Dreamworks Studios Theme Park, and the Formula One-themed F1-X.

The theme parks were originally due to open between 2010 and 2012, but construction stalled when the global financial crisis hit Dubai in 2008. Several projects appear to have been dropped altogether, with Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone stating last year that the half-built F1-X park was "not happening".

In addition to the theme parks, Dubailand was originally set to host the MotorCity motor sports complex, residential areas and the world's largest shopping center. A new sustainable city is reported to form part of Dubai Properties Group's new plans for the site.


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