Dubai Parks and Resorts has let almost two-thirds of the available space at the Riverland element of its multi-theme park site.
The company — a spin-off from Meraas Holding which raised Dh2.5 billion via a flotation on the Dubai Financial Market in December 2014 — said that it exceeded its own letting targets for last year, with more than 50 per cent of the 220,000 sq ft of dining and retail space already taken. New tenants announced include UK family dining chain Giraffe, Taste of Italy, Tom’s Deli and Parle, while retail units have been taken by pharmacy chain Boots and souvenir shop Mr Camel Memories.
In total, Dubai Parks and Resorts said it had signed 34 lease proposals at Riverland ahead of the site’s scheduled opening in October. Previously-announced deals include a second Irish Village location, as well as 800 Degrees Pizza, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Mr Greek and Turkish restaurant Simit Sarayi, among others.
Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, chief executive of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: “In just eight months, the management team has done an excellent job in securing a number of high-profile and exciting tenants for two-thirds of the 50-plus outlets available at Riverland Dubai.”
Dubai Parks & Resorts is a Dh10.5bn project that will include a Legoland Dubai, motiongate and a Bollywood Parks Dubai theme park.
It will also house a Legoland Water Park and a Polynesian-themed hotel, Lapita, which will be operated by Marriott Group. It is being built on a 25 million sq ft site in Jebel Ali.
Dubai Parks and Resorts has predicted that there will be 6.7 million ticketed visits in its first full year of operation.
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