Inside Dubai’s first ‘haunted hotel’


If it is adventure — the really scary kind — you crave, then come August 15, “check in” to The Haunted Hotel at the IMG World of Adventures in Dubai.

Stretching across 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure, owned by the UAE-based Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group, is an indoor theme park close to Global Village on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, with four worlds: Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley and IMG Boulevard.

It’s all pretty family-friendly — with an exception: The Haunted Hotel.

Without revealing too much about the attraction, Markus Mack-Evan, project manager and the man behind the development of the concept, told tabloid! that one had to experience this “unique” attraction for themselves and its “uniqueness is described by the way the haunted attraction has been executed”.

How is The Haunted Hotel unique to the region and why do you think Dubai needed such an attraction?

When IMG started creating the IMG World, we saw there was nothing as such in the market at this scale. Halloween events obviously have been a great success for any theme park around the world too. [So when we were] building a world-class indoor theme park, we said we need [an experience like this] and we have to build it right since all these scary elements — such as in TV series — are coming up around the world. More info

By Manjari Saxena, Deputy tabloid! Editor