officers, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, consult with the Dream Island amusement park ahead of its upcoming inauguration in Moscow, Russia February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/Pool
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin inspected Russia's answer to Disneyland on Thursday, the country's first tremendous-scale indoor theme park which Moscow says will be the biggest of its variety in Europe when it opens on Saturday.
The theme park, known as "Ostrov Mechty" - or Dream Island - is built in the shape of a toy fort that spreads throughout 30 hectares in an industrial regional in southern Moscow and is crammed with rides, points of interest and eating places.
Joined by using Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Putin strolled throughout the park inspecting a scale model of the ability and stopping to take pictures with a bunch of disadvantaged infants introduced in for his visit.
Russia has strived in fresh years to build bigger and greater amenities than the West to reveal it is still a force to be reckoned with, and has prided itself on foremost construction and infrastructure initiatives.
Dream Island is not any exception.
Municipal authorities say it's the largest indoor theme park of its kind in Europe and that its main glass dome is a number of instances higher than the dome on the Galeries Lafayette in Paris and more than double the measurement of 1 atop the German Reichstag in Berlin.
the new facility has drawn criticism from some quarters youngsters for its extravagance and weird design and regular blogger Ilya Varlamov ranked it seventh on his listing of Russia's true a hundred ugliest buildings.
Russia continues to be beneath Western sanctions over its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and has struggled to find significant economic increase. nonetheless it has pressed ahead with large infrastructure initiatives regardless.
In 2014 it opened what it talked about changed into the biggest browsing mall in Europe, and Putin remaining yr opened a rail route linking Russia's two largest cities to Crimea over a large new bridge.
Writing through Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; editing by way of Andrew Osborn and Alison Williams