Dubai Parks and Resorts has signed a deal with Mumbai-based Wizcraft International Entertainment to create a show for the upcoming Bollywood Parks – one of three theme parks that will open in Jebel Ali in 2016.
Dubai Parks and Resorts chief executive Raed Al Nuaimi did not give any financial details but said that the company would sign about Dh2.5 billion in projects this year. The shows will be held in the Broadway-style Rajmahal Theatre within the theme park. The 60,000 square foot stage will feature VIP boxes and exclusive lounges.
The Rajmahal Theatre will feature daily live performances similar to Wizcraft’s Kingdom of Dreams in Delhi. The company said it would source local talent as well as Bollywood celebrities to perform in the shows. The Wizcraft director Viraf Sarkari said the company was looking forward to the creation of the “largest Bollywood musical ever produced”. Wizcraft will also plan galas and film premières.
The Bollywood area will be a “celebration of Mumbai’s famous film industry”, according to the Dubai Parks and Resorts website. Similar to Disney World’s It’s a Small World area, Bollywood will have an Indian theme featuring classic Mumbai cinematic rides, retail outlets stocked with items from India and native cuisine. “We are committed to providing an unforgettable experience for our guests, and we have partnered with the most creative minds in the industry,” Mr Al Nuaimi said.
Musafir Namah Bureau