Hit Entertainment is to open its first ever theme park in the Middle East, as part of a new 3 billion square foot leisure and entertainment development in Dubai.

Joining the likes of Universal Studios and DreamWorks Animation, Hit has partnered with Dubailand for the launch of the 25,000 square foot Little Big Club, which will feature rides and play-centres based on its children's characters, including Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Barney and Pingu.

Situated in the permanent Global Village at Dubailand, which is set to open in the last quarter of 2008, the park will also feature a theatre that will present live shows as well as screen television shows produced by Hit.

“We are thrilled to be launching the world's first Hit Entertainment Little Big Club attraction in Dubai and view it as a tremendous opportunity to be working with Dubailand, a world class development company,” said Hit CEO Bruce Steinberg.

The park will be brought to life by RMA Ltd, the UK-based theme park designers who are also behind Hit's new Thomas Land attraction at Drayton Manor Park, which is set to open this March.