Saturday, August 13, 2005

Jurassic Park theme park

For Red and his family:
Move over John Hammond, the dinosaur-obsessed billionaire portrayed by Richard Attenborough in Steven Spielberg's 1993 film adaptation of Jurassic Park.

Two Arab businessmen are planning to create a real life Jurassic Park in Dubai, with more than 100 animatronic dinosaurs, including T-rex, vicious velociraptors and plant-eating triceratops.

The park is the brainchild of Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari, the developers behind the City of Arabia section of Dubailand, a enormous entertainment and leisure "city".

The Galadari brothers are pumping £100m into the 500,000 sq foot theme park - to be known as "Restless Planet" - and aim to make the attraction the centrepiece of the Mall of Arabia, the world's biggest shopping complex.

With the help of scientific experts from the British Natural History Museum and Jack Horner, the chief paleontological advisor to Spielberg, the park will feature not only dinosaurs, but artificial volcanoes and rides exploring the prehistoric seabed.

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