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Dubai to open Cartoon Network theme park

Associated Press Associated Press 2/05/2016

Dubai will soon have a one-stop destination for families whose tastes run from Spider-Man to velociraptors to the Powerpuff Girls.

Local developer Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group says its new 140,000 square metre indoor amusement park on the city's desert outskirts will open on August 15.

The $US1 billion ($A1.29 billion) IMG Worlds of Adventure park includes one section centred on Marvel Comics and another branded by Cartoon Network. Another zone is dedicated to dinosaurs and features a roller coaster to whisk thrill-seekers outside and back into the air-conditioned complex.

Dubai is increasingly looking to amusement parks to cement its standing as a tourist haven. Another company is building a massive complex elsewhere in the 2020 World Expo host city that will include Legoland and Six Flags parks.

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