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5 things you didn’t know about Dubai’s new Shrek zone

Shrek, Fiona and the kids are the latest expats to move to Dubai! As everyone's favourite green orgre celebrates 15 years this year, we've got a sneak preview of the Motiongate theme attraction

  • Shrek's Swamp is being created for the first timeImage Credit: Supplied
  • Fans visiting the Motiongate theme park can look forward to a Merry Fairy Tale Journey Image Credit: Supplied
  • The Candy Apple will serve “British-American fare” for more than 300 peopleImage Credit: Supplied
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After 15 years of big screen fame, Shrek fans will be able to ‘Go Beyond The Screen’ and literally step into a completely immersive land in Dubai this October. A dedicated Shrek Zone will open at Motiongate Dubai this October, as part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination, the park’s managers said in a media statement.

“Within the DreamWorks zone, we’ve created unique fairy tale-like lands that will take our guests on a sensory journey where they can see, touch, ride and taste their favourite films through immersive experiences. We’re excited to welcome guests to Shrek’s charming home in the swamp!” said Guido Zucchi, General Manager of Motiongate Dubai.  

The Dh10.5 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts development is being built off Sheikh Zayed Road opposite the Palm Jebel Ali. At the Shrek Zone, which opens 15 years after the original computer-animated fantasy film was first released, visitors can interact with and relive the ogre-like charm of the loveable heroes Shrek, Fiona and the triplets, who are the latest expats to move to Dubai.

The venue will also feature two additional theme parks and a water park.

A part of the DreamWorks zone – one of Motiongate Dubai’s five Hollywood-inspired zones, this ‘theme park in a theme park’ features 12 action-packed rides and attractions – all indoors. Here, the Land of Shrek is transforming fiction into reality with a larger-than-life swamp-like environment unmistakably befit for an ogre. Now, for the first time fans will have the chance to visit Shrek’s Swamp and play the hero – be it journeying through two fun-filled rides, posing with the sword-bearing Puss in Boots, or indulging in some fine ogre fare at The Candy Apple. 

In celebration of Shrek’s 15th Anniversary, here are 5 fun facts:

  1. The theme park will be home to a few world firsts. In one, the original love story of Shrek by being the first to experience Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey, a heartfelt interactive ride where Shrek meets Fiona for the first time, reincarnated as puppets and animated figures.

  2. Visitors can go beyond the screen to meet the stars as Shrek, Fiona, Puss in Boots and the Fairy Godmother roam the swamp to meet and pose create photo memories with fans throughout the day!

  3. Fans are getting the real thing, developers say. DreamWorks Animation have created all the media throughout the Land of Shrek. It doesn’t get more authentic than this!

  4. In another world first, Shrek’s Swamp has been brought to life as a real land at Motiongate. Visitors to the Dubai theme park will be able to truly understand what life in the swamp is like – but whether the site of Shrek’s wedding to Fiona will be recreated has yet to be announced.

  5. As with all Dubai developments, visitors to this food-crazy city will be able to dine in an ogre-filled swamp. The Candy Apple, Motiongate Dubai’s only full-service, sit-down eatery, will serve what developers call “British-American fare” for more than 300 guests on site. We’re thinking burgers, fries and all that good stuff.

Motiongate recently launched its Annual Pass. Buyers have access to exclusive benefits and rewards such as invitations to exclusive preview days, 10 per cent discount on food, beverages, merchandise, additional park tickets and separate ticketed shows.

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