Legoland becomes first brick in Dubai's southern expansion

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  • People arrive for the opening of Legoland Dubai, part of the larger Dubai Parks & Resorts project, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Oct. 27, 2016. A massive complex of amusement parks in the southern deserts of Dubai has opened its first park, a Legoland complete with models of the sheikhdom's architectural wonders. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    People arrive for the opening of Legoland Dubai, part of the larger Dubai Parks & Resorts project, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Oct. 27, 2016. A massive complex of amusement parks in the southern deserts of Dubai has opened its first park, ... a Legoland complete with models of the sheikhdom's architectural wonders. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press)

  • People visit Legoland Dubai, part of the larger Dubai Parks & Resorts project, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Oct. 27, 2016. A massive complex of amusement parks in the southern deserts of Dubai has opened its first park, a Legoland complete with models of the sheikhdom's architectural wonders. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    People visit Legoland Dubai, part of the larger Dubai Parks & Resorts project, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Oct. 27, 2016. A massive complex of amusement parks in the southern deserts of Dubai has opened its first park, a Legoland complete ... with models of the sheikhdom's architectural wonders. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) (The Associated Press)

  • Two visitors peer through a replica of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque  that is made from lego pieces, at Legoland Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. The Legoland park, part of the larger Dubai Parks & Resorts project, is the first among its planned attractions to open and represents the sheikdom's efforts to expand into its southern deserts. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Two visitors peer through a replica of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque that is made from lego pieces, at Legoland Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. The Legoland park, part of the larger Dubai Parks & Resorts project, is ... the first among its planned attractions to open and represents the sheikdom's efforts to expand into its southern deserts. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell) (The Associated Press)

A massive complex of amusement parks planned in the southern desert of Dubai has opened its first park, a Legoland, complete with models of sheikhdom's architectural wonders.

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The interlocking plastic blocks of Legoland, part of the larger Dubai Parks & Resorts project, represent the first brick in Dubai's southern expansion.

The city-state hopes to develop the desert on the road to Abu Dhabi ahead of hosting the 2020 World Expo, or world's fair.

Dubai already has plans to one day handle over 200 million passengers a year at the nearby Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central.

At the park's opening on Monday, its general manager Siegfried Boerst told The Associated Press that more is coming to the area.

He says: "It's not that we're in the desert anymore."