The fact that a 155 million year-old female dinosaur exhibit at The Dubai Mall is creating major excitement amongst the city’s visitors and residents alike is no surprise, but the thousands of entries following a social media competition to name the exhibit overwhelmed organisers who finally settled on a winning moniker: DubaiDino.
There were nearly three hundred entries per day, with the hastag #NameTDMDino going viral in the UAE - the frontrunner from the start was DubaiDino. The person who first suggested the name, Johara Al Bayedh from Saudi Arabia, nabbed the much-sought after prize; a five-day, six-night excursion, inclusive of flights, accommodation and tickets for her family to see Jurassic Park in Universal Studios, USA.
Bayedh will also see the name she coined on souvenirs as a range of branded products will be showcased near the 24.4 meter long, 7.6 meter high Diplotocus Longus dinosaur fossil, and on sale for visitors soon.
With nearly 90 per cent of its bones being original, the vegetarian, long-necked, whip-tailed sauropod fossil is rated high in scientific integrity and is an unmatched specimen in terms of quality in any museum or private collections. This dinosaur skeleton was discovered in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in Wyoming, USA, and air-freighted to Dubai. When discovered, the exhibit was found in a sleeping positionVisitors can learn more about the late Jurassic Period dinosaur from a dedicated team on-site too.
INFO: 10am-12 midnight from Sun-Wed, 10am-1am from Thu-Sat, DubaiDino exhibit, Grand Atrium, The Dubai Mall, Dubai, www.thedubaimall.com