“Ice Age” heads for the desert as 20th Century Fox plans blockbuster theme park in Dubai

Twentieth Century Fox is to make its second foray into the theme park market with "an immersive entertainment destination" set to open in Dubai in three years’ time.

"Twentieth Century Fox World Dubai" will have a wide range of movie and television franchises to draw on for its rides and attractions, from Ice Age and Planet of the Apes, to Aliens, Night at the Museum, and The Simpsons.

The announcement was made earlier this week by the Al Ahli Holding Group, an international licensing partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

It comes as foundations are being laid for "20th Century Fox World" in Malaysia.

The Dubai park will include "a broad attraction mix, ranging from media-based dark rides to thrill rides that will tell new stories based on Fox film and television brands", Al Ahli Holding said this week.

Mohammed Khammas, the chief executive of Al Ahli, said he hoped to begin a global roll-out of Fox Worlds: "As part of our international deal with Fox, we look forward to building these attractions and resorts globally, starting with Dubai as the first location and additional Fox branded resorts that we hope to open across other territories in the future."

Photograph: The first sketch of Fox World Dubai (20th Century Fox)

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