A property development company controlled by Dubai's ruler outlined plans Sunday for the first phase of an entertainment and resort complex in the city that promises the Middle East's first Legoland theme park.

The project is part of a broader push by the Arab world’s commercial hub to ramp up its hotel and tourism offerings as it prepares to host the World Expo in 2020. Meraas Holding said initial work began in February on the $US2.7 billion ($A2.9 billion) Dubai Parks and Resorts…