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ABU DHABI, UAE- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and multimedia-entertainment firm Rubicon have signed a deal with locally based Sorouh Real Estate to add entertainment components to the developer’s mixed-use projects around the region. The deal follows last year’s announcement that MGM has partnered with two developers to anchor MGM Studio World in Shanghai.

MGM and Jordan-based Rubicon are exploring the addition of a number of entertainment facilities to the projects Sorouh has under development. Among those developments is Shams Abu Dhabi, a 54-million-sf island project currently under construction that will house 55,000 residents and will be made up of five tower-studded districts.

Sorouh also has under development the 32.3-million-sf Alghadeer, between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, which is planned for 18,000 residents, as well as the Golf Gardens resort in Abu Dhabi.

Besides their deal with Sorouh, MGM and Rubicon are partnering to start a consumer-products business in the region. Rubicon produces three-dimensional animated entertainment and has made multimedia presentations for many large corporations.

“In working with Rubicon on this project, we can develop and create unique entertainment destinations in the region,” says Harry Sloan, MGM’s chairman and CEO, in a statement.

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