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Dubai Land

by rayan on June 12, 2023

Dubai Land, often referred to as the “world’s largest leisure and entertainment destination” or the “Disneyland of the Middle East,” was initially announced in October 2003.

Located inland from Palm Jumeirah, between Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road and the desert, the sprawling 107-square-mile site encompasses 26 development projects, featuring a total of 50 visitor attractions.

Among the prominent projects within DubaiLand are Arabian Ranches, Dubai Sports City, Falcon City of Wonders, and Golf City. While these are primarily residential developments, they are designed with themed environments.

Attractions within Dubailand may not align with the traditional concept of a theme park like Disneyland. For instance, Dubai Sports City boasts Olympic-standard sports stadiums and a Formula One racing circuit, appealing not only to visitors but also to residents and property investors.

Despite the anticipation and expectations surrounding the development of theme parks within DubaiLand, no significant theme park has been built thus far. Instead, many residential developments have been completed and sold to investors based on the promises of future attractions.

The grand vision of Dubailand faced challenges as the infrastructure required for such a vast project was underestimated. Transforming a desert expanse into a fully developed and populated area capable of accommodating 15 million tourists within a decade proved to be an immense task that extended beyond financial resources.

Communication and transportation infrastructure were also essential considerations. While roads were constructed to facilitate construction activities, the demand for efficient transportation options for tourists remained unmet. Building train tracks for a nonexistent population was deemed impractical.

Following the 2008 economic downturn, it became apparent that proper infrastructure was crucial to attracting investors. The DubaiLand organization acknowledged the need for comprehensive infrastructure development to support individual developers’ efforts.


Transport & Access:

Driving Commute Times:

From Dubailand, it takes approximately 24 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 30 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 29 minutes to Burj Al Arab, and 33 minutes to The Walk JBR.


Airport Proximity:

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly a 36-minute drive away, while the new Al Maktoum International Airport is approximately a 35-minute drive away.



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