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Universal Studios Dubailand officially scrapped

The UAE’s Dubai Holding and US-based Universal Studios Theme Parks & Resorts have confirmed that the long-delayed Universal Studios Dubailand project has been abandoned

The image above shows the abandoned project’s entrance before Universal Studios’ branding was removed.
The image above shows the abandoned project’s entrance before Universal Studios’ branding was removed.

The UAE’s Universal Studios Dubailand development has been officially scrapped.

The theme park’s two main backers, Dubai Holding and Universal Studios Theme Parks & Resorts, both confirmed that there are no plans to push ahead with the long-delayed project, according to a report published by Zawya.

Construction of the development commenced in 2008, but the project stalled following the 2008/09 financial crisis.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, 26 October, Dubai Holding said that it was no longer in talks with the US-based theme park operator.

In an e-mailed statement to Zawya, Universal Studios confirmed: “While we are always open to opportunities in the region, we’ve stepped away from this specific project.”

Photographs captured earlier this month revealed that Universal Studios’ branding had been removed from the gate at the abandoned theme park’s entrance.

Universal Studios Dubailand was originally slated to complete before the end of 2010.

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