Nickelodeon properties to park in Dubai

Al Ahli Group partners with cable network

A day after Universal announced plans for a park in Dubai, the UAE-based Al Ahli Group unveiled a long-term partnership with Nickelodeon that will see such Nick properties as “Dora the Explorer” made into attractions at the Al Ahli Park under construction in the Gulf state.

Characters from “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Blue’s Clues” will join already announced Marvel characters at the park, skedded to open in 2011 with a direct investment of more than 3.8 billion dirhams ($1 billion).

Santa Monica-based Chimera, a specially formed partnership between Storyworks Entertainment and Dedica Group, will spearhead the creative development and project management.

Universal announced plans for a Dubailand with Emirates-based Tatweer on Tuesday (Daily Variety, May 1).

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