Dubai refers to either one of the emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, or that emirate's main city. Dubai theme park, also called Dubailand, is an entertainment complex under development in Dubai. Dubailand is being created to appeal to the widest audience of tourists, covering all age groups, nationalities and activities. On completion, Dubai theme park will be twice the size of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, which will turn it into the biggest theme park in the world. Construction of Dubai theme park has been divided into 4 phases. Completion of the final phase is targeted for some time near 2015. The following 6 areas are planned to be constructed: Attractions and Experience World, Sports and Outdoor World, Eco-Tourism World, Leisure and Vacation World, Retail and Entertainment World, Downtown.
The Attractions and Experience World will feature a mass of large-scale attractions, using the latest technology for thrills and safety. The Sports and Outdoor World will include a mix of sporting venues that will incorporate a dynamic program of numerous sports tournaments as well as extreme sports activities. Dubai Sports City situated within the Sports and Outdoor World will bring together a unique combination of sports, entertainment and commerce. The sports city will include sports training academies, stadiums, villas, swimming pools, health clubs, gymnasiums, schools, clinics, cinemas, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, and more.
The Eco-Tourism World will comprise a series of nature-based attractions integrated within their desert parkland surroundings. The Leisure and Vacation World will consist of appealing retreats designed to respond to the growing international demand for quality vacation village residences, resort hotels and wellness retreats. The Retail and Entertainment World will provide a wide variety of global brands, unique boutiques and discount stores, all within the biggest mall in the world - the Mall of Arabia. The Downtown will be a mixed destination offering a variety of retail, dining and entertainment facilities. It will feature popular family entertainment components with cross-generational appeal such as cinemas, bowling, street entertainment, computer-based games, restaurants and nightclubs. The Downtown will also include the world's largest observation wheel.
Dubai is now focusing on securing itself as the premier tourist destination for the region by the launch of Dubai theme park which covers the tourism, hospitality and entertainment sectors. The work is currently being carried out on phase 1, which is expected to see completion in early 2008, but some Dubailand facilities are already operative. Dubai Sports City, the world's greatest sports city, will be built in 2007. Dubai theme park, the world's most ambitious tourist destination, will attract visitors not only from the surrounding countries, but also from Europe and Asia, and offer an unforgettable experience for both children and adults.