LEGOLAND Dubai is home to a world of iconic landmarks, both local and international - a display comprising structures made from millions of LEGO bricks.
Most of us will have endured trials and tribulations building LEGO structures at some stage in our lives. Whether it be assembling a pirate ship or recreating space stations, persistence is certainly required in order to achieve LEGO mastery.
Last year the toy manufacturing giant sold more than $4 billion worth of LEGO, with a not insignificant amount of these bricks heading into Dubai Parks and Resorts. MINILAND can be found in LEGOLAND Dubai. Made up of more than 20 million bricks, it has recreated Dubai’s skyline alongside landmarks predominantly from Asia and Africa, with some individual structures comprising more than 500,000 individual pieces; a far cry from putting together a 100-piece pirate ship.
Here is a rundown of some of the most impressive builds on display.
10. Dubai Creek
Number of LEGO bricks used: 170,344
Based in the heart of Dubai between Bur Dubai and Deira, Dubai Creek comprises traditional markets including gold and spice souks. The LEGO model took the work of 20 people over six months to complete, totalling 3,277 hours. The Dubai Museum is recreated in this scene, the building alone weighing 75kg and using up 33,300 bricks.
9. Sahara Desert
Number of LEGO bricks used: 18,204
The Imam’s Rock Palace, the Dar Al-Hajar, located in Wadi Dhar Valley, is an iconic symbol of Yemen found on postcards and magazines, with the LEGO model taking 639 hours to design and build. The structure includes a majlis area with LEGO tents, belly dancers spinning and a parachute going up and down with a push of a button.
8. Kuwait Towers
Number of LEGO bricks used: 123,000
Weighing 205kg, the Kuwait Towers form a major part of the Kuwait landscape, the highest tower reaching 187 metres in height. There are three towers in total that are part of the Kuwait Water Towers system. The LEGO versions on display at Dubai Parks and Resorts took some 978 hours to build.
7. Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road is an enormous highway spanning the whole of Dubai’s iconic skyline. The Mall of the Emirates alone took 1,600 hours to design and build, using 408,702 LEGO bricks in the process. Also featured here are the Dubai World Trade Centre which took 736 hours and 79,032 bricks, and The Gate at DIFC made of 59,496 bricks. Sheikh Zayed Road wouldn’t be complete without the Dubai Metro, travelling from Mall of the Emirates station all the way to the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, taking 1,517 hours and 190,920 bricks to construct.
6. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Number of LEGO bricks used: 536,292
One of the largest models at MINILAND at LEGOLAND Dubai, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque model weighs over a ton and took more than 6,300 hours to complete. Younger guests can crawl through the model and see every detail of the mosque from a different perspective, including the elaborate designs and patterns throughout.
5. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Number of LEGO bricks used: 142,920
One of the ancient wonders of the world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are recreated in LEGO form at Dubai Parks and Resorts. Originally built by Nebuchadnezzar II, the Assyrian King of the Neo-Babylonian Empire around 600 BC, they are a feat of engineering, though some question the origins of their existence. The LEGO version took 1,560 hours to build.
4. Taj Mahal
Number of LEGO bricks used: 280,741
Among the seven new wonders of the world is India’s Taj Mahal, built in memory of Shah Jahan’s wife in 1632, finally finishing some 20 years later. The LEGO model took considerably less time, though 2,019 hours is still a considerable amount of time to dedicate to the construction of a LEGO structure. It is an impressive replica, weighing 645kg.
3. Dubai Airport
Number of LEGO bricks used: 500,000
Dubai is home to the busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic, making it a welcome addition to MINILAND. Two dedicated LEGO model builders took an astounding three months to put this structure together, which weighs almost two metric tons. The A380 flying above the airport alone took 710 hours to build.
2. Egyptian Pyramids
Number of LEGO bricks used: 1,117,992
Another of the seven ancient wonders of world, the Pyramids of Giza are the oldest such relic, and took roughly two decades to build. The LEGO model broke the million brick mark and took more than 5,000 hours to build, the whole Egyptian landscape on display weighing three tons.
1. Burj Khalifa
Number of LEGO bricks used: 439,000
At 17 metres tall, the LEGO model of the Burj Khalifa is a record breaker for a model of a building, living up to the same heights as the real building, which itself is the tallest in the world. The LEGO model took 5,000 hours to build and to reach the top one would have to stack 1,774 LEGO bricks on top of each other. Just like the actual Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain is located right in front of the model where guests can enjoy a water show accompanied by music.