Six Construct-Orascom Construction Joint Venture delivers the first LEGOLAND® Park in the Middle East

Six Construct-Orascom Construction Joint Venture delivers the first LEGOLAND® Park in the Middle East

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 — LEGOLAND® Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, opened its doors to the public last week. It is the first LEGOLAND® park in the Middle East and the seventh worldwide. The family theme park targets families with children aged between 2-12. Six Construct-Orascom Construction joint venture delivered the full-scale theme park in only 28 months, allowing the highly anticipated opening to visitors. The JV was responsible for the construction of more than 53 buildings in the park as well as the finishing touches and amenities.

Located in Dubai’s Jebel Ali district, LEGOLAND®  Dubai is comprised of a wide range of indoor and outdoor attractions. Visitors will discover six themed lands (LEGO CITY, ADVENTURE, LEGO KINGDOM, CREATE, LEGO FACTORY and MINILAND), each unique in their experience and educational offering.

Technical feat: the ‘MINILAND Dome’

Beyond the perfectly lifelike finishing of different rides and attractions, the construction of the ‘MINILAND Dome’ posed a specific challenge for the JV team.

Situated inside a fully air-conditioned aluminum framework of 100 m in diameter and 25 m in height, MINILAND features a set of iconic buildings and landmarks of the Middle East, all built entirely out of LEGO® bricks.

Constructing the underground trenches for air supply was a challenging task. The Six Construct Design Department in Dubai found an innovative solution for the design of these trenches by building them out of reinforced concrete.

The first stage involved the construction of a temporary metal mast (65 m high) at the center of the future dome. Construction was carried out around the mast in different phases. In each new phase cables were hoisted to the mast. Mounting the frame, the outer cladding in aluminum and the inside insulation were completed in only six months. At the base of the dome, a round curtain wall of 90 m in diameter closes the space between the floor slab and shell of the dome.

Breaking bricks records

LEGO® bricks boosted our childhood as it still does for the children of today. Six Construct is particularly proud of building this first LEGOLAND® theme park in Dubai. The fact that we were building a project designed to entertain children created a particularly pleasant working atmosphere. We were inspired and motivated to transform this dream area into a concrete project, despite the engineering challenges. We are also delighted to see that several BESIX achievements such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Burj Khalifa and the Emirates Towers are represented in MINILAND,” states Pierre Sironval, General Manager, Six Construct.

Ayman El Gayar, Managing Director of Orascom Construction UAE, commented: “Inspiring and motivating young minds while maintaining UAE heritage and looking ahead to the future has always been a key part of the UAE’s vision. Orascom Construction is a proud partner in the construction of LEGOLAND® Dubai for the enjoyment and advancement of our children. MINILAND is a prime example of the efforts and meticulous work involved into bringing this dream park closer to our families.”

The model of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, breaks records in LEGOLAND® Dubai. It is exhibited as the world’s tallest LEGO® building structure, standing tall at a height of 17 meters.

With this new project, the Six Construct-Orascom Construction joint venture reinforces its expertise as a key player in the construction of leisure parks. Within three years, the company already delivered beacon projects in the Emirates such as Hub Zero, Our Living Planet, and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

Key info

Client: Dubai Park and Resorts
Contractor: JV Six Construct-Orascom
15,000 LEGO®  models
> 60 million LEGO®  bricks
950 Six Construct and Orascom workers
28 months of construction
17-m tall Burj Khalifa replica
Total area: 14 ha


About Six Construct

Six Construct, a subsidiary of the BESIX Group, is the largest Belgian multi-services company operating in the construction of buildings, infrastructure, environmental projects, marine works, real estate and concessions in the Middle East over the last 50 years. Six Construct’s workforce consists of 13,000 employees in the Middle East. Its regional headquarters is located in Dubai where Six Construct has contributed to a significant number of unique developments in Dubai such as Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, Dubai Tram, Dubai Canal and the Emirates Towers, among others. Providing a framework of excellence in its past and current projects to its future ones, Six Construct remains a leader and a first mover in the construction industry, at the service of its clients.

About Orascom Construction

Orascom Construction Limited (OC) is a leading global engineering and construction contractor primarily focused on high-end commercial, infrastructure and industrial projects in the Middle East, North Africa, the United States, and the Pacific Rim. OC has consistently ranked among the world’s top contractors and is ranked number 34 on ENR’s 2016 Top 250 International Contractors list. The Group also develops and invests in infrastructure opportunities, owns 50% of BESIX Group, and holds a construction materials and property management portfolio. With projects and investments in 10 countries, OC has a backlog of USD 7.5 billion and over 60,000 employees. The Group is dual listed on NASDAQ Dubai and the Egyptian Exchange (NASDAQ Dubai: OC; EGX: ORAS).
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