In the lead-up to the opening of Motiongate Dubai on October 31, John Hallenbeck has been appointed as general manager of the resort, overseeing all aspects of the Hollywood-inspired theme park’s day-to-day operations.

Originally from the US, Hallenbeck brings more than 25 years’ experience in theme park operations to his role, having worked extensively with Universal Studios theme parks worldwide.

He 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 unrivalled journey with rides and attractions that offer thrills, excitement and entertainment for everyone.”

He added: “What the team has built here in Motiongate Dubai is unparalleled, and I know that we’ll astonish our guests in every visit.”