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Dubai’s largest rollercoaster destined for City of Arabia

The developers of a new theme park in Dubai are planning what will be the Emirate’s largest rollercoaster to date, courtesy of Mack Rides.

The ride in question, destined for the IMG Theme Park at City of Arabia, is a Mega Launch Coaster similar to Blue Fire at Europa-Park in Germany (pictured). Expected to become a signature attraction of the 1.2 million sq ft (111,500 sq m) air-conditioned facility, the ride will feature a partial indoor/outdoor construction.

With the notable exception of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, almost all of the existing rollercoasters throughout the United Arab Emirates are indoor attractions pitched firmly at families with young children – so thrill seekers are in for a treat at City of Arabia.

“We wanted to offer a new kind of coaster experience,” Ilyas AW Galadari, co-chairman of the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group, tells Park World. “The theme park will be built to the highest standards with the best vendors being selected to supply the rides.”

Construction has already started on IMG Theme Park, which will be a central component of the City of Arabia, and completion is scheduled for some time in 2013. Located on Emirates Road, the master development is billed as, ‘The heart of Dubailand.” Also featured will be the Mall of Arabia retail resort, Wadi Walk residential and entertainment district, plus a collection of residential/office towers.

“Dubai is coming back!” says Galadari.

Pictured below announcing the deal at Asian Attractions Expo in Hong King are (left to right), Mack Rides’ Sascha Rigling, Christian von Elverfeldt and Roland Mack, City of Arabia’s Mustafa Galadari, Mack Rides’ Thorsten Koeble and Ilyas Galadari, City of Dreams.

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