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US$1bn Warner Bros theme park opens in Abu Dhabi

The 153,000-sq m Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi is the latest addition to Yas Island’s attractions and one of the Middle East’s largest theme park developments.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, inaugurated the indoor theme park on July 23, 2018.

The US$1bn indoor attraction has been developed by Yas Island developer Miral, with Aecom and the Thinkwell Group also having worked on the project.

Popular Warner Bros brands, including DC Comics characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as cartoon favourites such as Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo all feature at the park.  Visitors can experience 29 rides, shows and attractions.

Warner Bros Abu Dhabi is the third theme park on Yas Island, joining Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. A fourth theme park is scheduled for 2022, with SeaWorld’s first orca-free attraction.

Yas Island is one of the Middle East’s major leisure and entertainment destinations that attracts 25 million visitors a year. Miral predicts those numbers to rise to 30 million, with the now-open Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi. Yas Island’s other immersive theme parks include Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and the upcoming attraction, CLYMB.

The UAE has experienced a boom in theme parks in recent years, with the opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ three theme parks – the Hollywood-themed Motiongate, Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai and IMG Worlds of Adventure. According to a report from Euromonitor International, theme park revenues in the UAE are expected to reach $837 million by 2019.