When Dubai Parks and Resorts envisaged the $1 billion MOTIONGATE™ Dubai theme park, they knew they would have to draw upon the best designers, animators, engineers and specialists. Their goal was to create a theme park that would enamour, inspire and entertain visitors in ways never experienced before.
The park is Hollywood-inspired by films from DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures Studios and Lionsgate, such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Ghostbusters, the Smurfs and The Hunger Games. It has 27 key rides and attractions, including five roller coasters, multi-media dark rides, interactive play labs and media-based theatre shows. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai also features a full programme of live entertainment including live stage shows and character meet and greets.
We were engaged for all the engineering services for the theme park, including civil engineering; infrastructure; mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP); fire protection and detection; information and communication technology (ICT); structural engineering, and façade services.
“The MOTIONGATE™ Dubai project was a game-changer for us and our client, launching us into a magical, new 3D world of storytelling and entertainment. We recognised that for this project to be a success, we would need to harness all of our multidisciplinary resources from around the globe and leverage their skills in design, innovation and imagination. Their willingness to learn, share knowledge and grow led to the huge success of this project.” – Ermis Marques, Regional Director, Middle East.
The technically challenging project required the use of 3D modelling and building information modelling (BIM) technology, which enabled the design team to streamline construction, saving the client money. These technologies also allowed us to confidently create unique rides featuring the characters from the Smurfs, Madagascar, Hunger Games, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon. The 3D modelling simplified this large-scale project and became the essential tool and singular language of the global design team’s collaboration and communications.
Opened to the public in December 2016, the project has won the following awards:
- Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Middle East Awards 2017 – Winner: Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Project of the Year
- Construction Week Awards 2017 – Highly Commended: Commercial Project of the Year