Beat the heat at DreamWorks Animation Zone in Motiongate Dubai

Kids and families can learn the art of kung fu in an interactive show at Kung Fu Academy.
Updated 22 July 2017
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Beat the heat at DreamWorks Animation Zone in Motiongate Dubai

The DreamWorks Animation Zone is part of the Hollywood-inspired theme park, Motiongate Dubai located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the region’s largest integrated theme park destination. The family-friendly zone houses a total of 12 rides, four live experiences, four themed restaurants and five retail stores, serving as a one-stop-shop for all entertainment requirements.
Motiongate Dubai features state-of-the-art programmable ride systems, 360-degree rotating ride vehicles, built-in audio and massive multimedia projections.
The DreamWorks Animation Zone is an indoor-world of hysterical characters and heartwarming stories with four themed lands inspired by the blockbuster animated hits “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Madagascar” and “Shrek.” Re-creating each film in their own uniquely themed “lands,” guests are welcomed by a majestic and multi-sensory fountain with sculptures of all the DreamWorks characters coming to life.
“Shrek Land:” Guests can enjoy a brand-new Shrek adventure where captivating story-telling and a good dose of Donkey’s cheekiness await. Visitors can experience “Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey,” which tells the tale of Shrek and Fiona’s love story. Another family-friendly ride is “Swamp Celebration” where guests can rock and glide inside a hallowed out tree trunk.
“How to Train Your Dragon Land:” Guests will be able to begin their journey on the Swinging Viking ship set on a thrilling rogue adventure. Set among the Isles of Berk, the flagship ride “Dragon Gliders,” a regional first, incorporates the best in new generation ride technology to bring a multi-sensory, action-packed adventure to visitors.
“Madagascar Land:” There is plenty of excitement at Madagascar land. “Mad Pursuit” is the fastest rollercoaster that will take guests on a mad chase through the circus while kids can maneuver their own aircraft gliders at “Penguin Air. Melman Go-Round” is a whimsical and colorful carousel.
“Kung Fu Panda Land:” Guests can climb aboard a rollicking crazy adventure on a 4D simulator with the “Unstoppable Awesomeness Ride. Mr. Ping’s Noodle Fling” is a whirling, twirling tea cup ride where the rider is in charge of how fast they would like to go. Kids and families can learn the art of kung fu from “Master Po” himself in an interactive show at “Kung Fu Academy.”


First American university to open doors in Bahrain

Updated 26 March 2019
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First American university to open doors in Bahrain

The American University of Bahrain (AUBH), the first purpose-built American university in the country, is set to open its doors in September.

Built on a 75,000-square-meter plot in the Riffa area, the AUBH campus is designed by the US-based architects Ayers Saint Gross (ASG), who have designed a number of US university campuses. The new AUBH campus will feature modern classrooms and labs, as well as a state-of-the-art auditorium, student commons and athletic facilities.

AUBH has received institutional approval by the Higher Education Council (HEC) of the Ministry of Education in Bahrain and plans to launch its schools of engineering, architecture and design, and business in the 2019-2020 academic year. 

The AUBH board selected Dr. Susan E. Saxton, an internationally experienced executive, to lead AUBH as founding president. 

“We are very confident in the academic prospects of the Kingdom and look forward to the American University of Bahrain solidifying the country’s position as an education hub in the GCC and wider Arab region,” said Dr. Saxton.  

“Higher education plays an integral part in advancing economies by addressing the skills needed for the next generation of workforce. The American University of Bahrain will provide the necessary academia to support the Kingdom’s 2030 vision while enriching students with a holistic university experience,” she added. 

“Students enrolling in AUBH will be exposed to a university life that is very much influenced by collaborative learning, critical thinking and technical education in an American style university environment. Beyond the academic education that the students will receive, they will receive mentorship in soft skills and competencies including problem solving, negotiation and creative thinking with the purpose of empowering the next generation with the confidence, leadership and professionalism skills required in the workforce. They will also be able to experience social, athletic and other extra-curricular activities making AUBH home,” said Dr. Saxton.

Prior to joining AUBH, Dr. Saxton was the chief executive officer, Int. and SVP Innovation and Emerging Strategies for the University of St. Augustine, a Laureate Education institution; chief strategy and development officer for the International Baccalaureate Organization in The Hague; and chief strategy officer, chief academic officer and senior vice president for Laureate Education Inc. Global Products and Services Division. Dr. Saxton holds two doctorate degrees in business and human services, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Liverpool in the UK, a Master’s of Science in Business Administration (MSBA)   from Boston University and a BA from Wellesley College in the US.