Abu Dhabi chosen as location for major theme park

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Adventure World Abu Dhabi will include 25 attractions including rollercoasters. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Adventure World Abu Dhabi will include 25 attractions including rollercoasters. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Plans have been unveiled to build a major new theme park in Abu Dhabi, with more than 25 rides on five themed islands.

Adventure World Abu Dhabi will be built in partnership with Adventure World Poland which has similar plans for Warsaw.

In a brief statement released on Sunday, backers said it would be one of the largest year-round theme parks in the Middle East.

A total of 25 attractions will include a water park, entertainment area with restaurants, shops and clubs, super coasters, wave pools, interactive fountains, boat cruises or carousels, the statement said without giving further details.

Over 100 experts in theme park construction will be involved in the development of Adventure World Abu Dhabi, the statement added.

No timeline was given for when the entertainment project would be completed.

Earlier this year, ambitious plans were announced for Adventure World Warsaw, which is due to open in spring 2014.

Its five themed islands - on which the Abu Dhabi model will be based - have working titles of Adventure Harbour, Creature Lagoon, Castle Island, the Land of Legends and the “Polski” Plaza.

The backers of Adventure World Warsaw are a consortium of private and institutional investors, who plans to invest €400m in the first phase of the development.

In September, it was announced that the $165m Yas Water Park, one of the key attractions on Abu Dhabi's $40bn Yas Island, is back on schedule to to open in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The water park will have an Emirati theme and will follow the adventures of a young Emirati girl in search for an exquisite pearl.

The story will take guests through more than 40 rides, slides, and attractions, including a unique pearl diving show demonstrating traditional Emirati heritage.

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Posted by: a.cobb

I tink that everything about new themed projects is Bla bla. One water park on Yas. The other water park at Emirates Palace (design already done and agreed) and another one in AD? Give me a break guys. Look at the visitors numbers at the Ferrari World. Cutting 140 jobs and people in the park. Reducing salaries up to 35%. Good people are leaving the park and whats left? Lets educate the local people first and do one project at the time and see how it runs. There is no need for 3rd water parks in AD. Stop spreading the news about upcomming Theme Parks, like Dubai did. Its not going to happen. at least not for now. The economy in the UAE is down so there will also not money left for fun. Again...look to Dubai

Posted by: sajid

who is undertaking the construction of pools...

Posted by: Abu Zahra

Just wait and watch!! Abu Dhabi will be the front runner in attracting tourism with world class facilities. Already the city is one of the best to live with perfect infrastructure.

Posted by: Adam Zagajewski

In Poland this investment isn't being treated seriously. The local press is writing a lot about Adventure World Warsaw, but not very favourably. (http://wiadomosci.wpr24.pl/czy_park_rozrywki_okaze_sie_wielka_klapa_) The project was not yet administrative agreement on the construction and has no connection with passing next to the motorway. Land under construction is not bought out. Investors have a very weak businnes track records. But, maybe in Abu Dhabi....

Posted by: Red Snapper

Interesting to see they chose Abu Dhabi as the theme park location. Which makes me yet again rexamine the viability of reviving Dubailand by getting the theme parks built, the theme park franchisers/operators will normally only build these days if they are being paid to do so.

Thus I assume that is why we've heard no further news about Dubailand, Abu Dhabi has the oil money with which to pay the theme park developers.

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