Dubai – MENA Herald: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, set to open on October 31 2016, has announced today that John Hallenbeck has been appointed General Manager, overseeing all aspects of the Hollywood-inspired theme park’s day-to-day operations.

Originally from the U.S., Hallenbeck brings more than 25 years’ experience in theme park operations to his role, having worked extensively with Universal Studios theme parks worldwide. John has served as Senior Vice President of Attractions at Universal Studios Singapore® and Marine Life Park, Director of Attractions Operations at Universal Studios Florida® and Islands of Adventure, and various operations and management roles with Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan™.

Hallenbeck joined Dubai Parks and Resorts in 2015 as Vice President of Revenue Operations, which provided him with a broad overview of the destination before assuming his role at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai.

“My entire life has practically revolved around theme parks,” said Hallenbeck. “I learned early in my career that the best theme park experience is one that offers guests an unrivaled journey with rides and attractions that offer thrills, excitement and entertainment for everyone. What the team has built here in MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is unparalleled, and I know that we’ll astonish our guests in every visit”

MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East, unites three legendary film studios for the first time within one theme park – DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios – including the Smurfs and Lionsgate. Offering family fun year round, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai will transport guests into a world of cinematic adventure.

Annual passes for MOTIONGATE™ Dubai are currently on sale at www.motiongatedubai.com and www.dubaiparksandresorts.com. Daily passes will be announced soon.

Scheduled to open in October this year, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts which will also feature the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and a LEGOLAND® Water Park. Committed to bringing together the best of the East and West, Dubai Parks and Resorts will also feature Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, the first ever theme park based on the sights and sounds of Bollywood. The entire destination will be connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a retail, dining and entertainment walkway and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, Autograph Collection, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families.