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April 4, 2008
Theme parks: An article in Thursday's Business section about U.S. amusement parks expanding overseas said that at 10 square miles, Dubailand is twice the size of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Dubailand will be 107 square miles, and Walt Disney World encompasses more than 40 square miles.
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June 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
Disney plans to introduce the Avengers, X-Men,  Spider-Man and other Marvel characters in a theme-park setting for the first time since acquiring the comic book company in 2009. PHOTOS: Marvel characters coming to Middle East theme park The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center is expected to open in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates with superhero-themed attractions, restaurants and shops. The eight-acre indoor mini theme park will be part of the $5-billion City of Arabia entertainment, commercial and residential development in Dubailand.
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June 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
Disney plans to introduce the Avengers, X-Men,  Spider-Man and other Marvel characters in a theme-park setting for the first time since acquiring the comic book company in 2009. PHOTOS: Marvel characters coming to Middle East theme park The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center is expected to open in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates with superhero-themed attractions, restaurants and shops. The eight-acre indoor mini theme park will be part of the $5-billion City of Arabia entertainment, commercial and residential development in Dubailand.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
To round up talent to build Universal Studios' newest theme park in Singapore, chief designer Kevin Barbee didn't look far from his Wilshire Boulevard office. After all, Southern California is a hive for independent designers and other creative types who perfected their craft at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and others. But with the U.S. economy struggling, veterans like Barbee are packing their bags for Asia, one of the few sources of steady employment for purveyors of pixie dust these days.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
To round up talent to build Universal Studios' newest theme park in Singapore, chief designer Kevin Barbee didn't look far from his Wilshire Boulevard office. After all, Southern California is a hive for independent designers and other creative types who perfected their craft at Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and others. But with the U.S. economy struggling, veterans like Barbee are packing their bags for Asia, one of the few sources of steady employment for purveyors of pixie dust these days.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Six Flags Inc., the world's largest theme park company, announced Tuesday that it would develop a thrill park in the United Arab Emirates as part of a massive entertainment and amusement complex in the country known as Dubailand. The Six Flags park is the latest addition to Dubailand, a 3-billion-square-foot project that will include restaurants, hotels, Universal Studios Dubailand and DreamWorks Animation Park. Groundbreaking on the Six Flags portion is expected to begin in 2009. No specific cost of the project was given.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2007 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Dubai, the Western-friendly tourism boomtown, is building its own version of a Hollywood back lot using a familiar name. Tatweer, a United Arab Emirates developer, announced plans for a $2.2-billion theme park called Universal City Dubailand under a licensing agreement with NBC Universal Inc., operator of the Universal Studios theme parks.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
General Electric Co.'s Universal Studios has agreed to build a theme park in South Korea with a local partner, the two companies said Monday. The new theme park probably would be completed by 2012, Universal and its South Korean partner, USKOR & Associates, said. A statement didn't disclose financial details or the theme park's specific location.
TRAVEL
March 16, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Associated Press, Reuters
1. Kenya With a peace deal in place and security almost back to normal, Kenya's beleaguered tourism industry is again welcoming travelers who had abandoned the East African nation after more than 1,000 people were killed in a post-election crisis. The U.S. State Department as of last week maintained a travel warning against Kenya, citing the threat of violence, civil unrest and terrorism.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
For kids -- and parents too -- it may be the ultimate play land: a 10-square-mile, $64-billion zone with amusement parks by Six Flags, DreamWorks Animation and Universal Studios, plus museums, shopping and 55 hotels. At twice the size of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., this is a place where it's hard to imagine getting bored.
NEWS
April 4, 2008
Theme parks: An article in Thursday's Business section about U.S. amusement parks expanding overseas said that at 10 square miles, Dubailand is twice the size of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Dubailand will be 107 square miles, and Walt Disney World encompasses more than 40 square miles.
TRAVEL
January 27, 2008 | By Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Consumerism is sometimes seen as a psychological disorder that makes sufferers compulsively buy things they don't need. But I'm not sick. I really needed the 18-karat-gold earrings and little black cocktail dress I bought here last week just as the Dubai Shopping Festival was getting underway. How could I pass them up, when shopping in this great, big bazaar, or souk, of a city for the 21st century is tax-free and, more than that, encouraged?
BUSINESS
September 27, 2007 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. studio struck a multibillion-dollar joint venture deal Wednesday with two Abu Dhabi companies that would bring such American icons as Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner and Scooby-Doo to the Persian Gulf region. The partners have agreed to build a theme park, a hotel and multiplex cinemas in Abu Dhabi, the leading power in the United Arab Emirates.
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