The Emirate of Dubai has long held the vision of creating a dynamic tourism economy. One component of that vision is a major theme park-based resort. Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) will be the keystone of that strategy. With over 2000 acres in total area, DPR will be the largest theme park resort in the world when fully built out. R/Hdo managed the team of planners, landscape architects, civil and transportation engineers in preparing the initial Concept Master Plan, the Detailed Master Plan, and in leading the team in obtaining Dubai Municipality (DM) approvals. The design challenge in preparing the Master Plan was to utilize the synergy and footfall created by the significant number of park visitors, while dispersing high volumes of traffic and providing the ample parking required to accommodate the guests.

Two separate nodes, each served by a large parking structure and connected to the Dubai Red Line tram, a bus/taxi depot and a Retail/Dining and Entertainment zone, direct visitors to a grouping of three theme parks. Guests will walk from the parking structure, a distance no longer than 350 meters, through the RDE zone to a theme park entrance. Each of the two nodes connects to a man-made lagoon and walkway and tram routes.

A new, dedicated ramp system will connect Sheikh Zayed Road directly to the resorts’ internal loop road, providing direct access to the parking structures. The first phase, which includes the three theme parks Motion Gate, Bollywood and Legoland Dubai, are on schedule to open in the fall of 2016.

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Role: Initial Concept Master Plan, Detailed Master Plan, obtaining Dubai Municipality (DM) approvals

Architect: NA

Owner: Dubai Parks and Resorts

Budget: NA

Date Of Completion: 2016