A bid to boost tourist numbers and footfall across theme parks and other destinations in the UAE could yield a country-wide access pass featuring some of the country’s top attractions including Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, the chief of Yas Island’s developer told Arabian Business yesterday.
“There are very high level discussions taking place and there could be an announcement very soon,” said Mohammed al Zaabi, CEO, Miral.
Diversification of the country’s economy is boosting tourism growth in the country and the UAE is working to carve a unique niche in the region, he said.
“We’re building a hub for entertainment in leisure in the region. We’re four hours away from billions of people, and can offer more options to people from India, Russia, China, and the rest of the GCC to come and stay and spend even more time, than they do here,” said Zaabi.
Abu Dhabi is also evolving, he said, and the Emirate’s recent agreement with Etihad toward visas on arriva for all nationalities will go a long way in increasing even more traffic at theme parks across the country.
Yas Island currently hosts 25 million visitors each year, but plans to grow that number to 48 million by 2022 with the help of new attractions, and theme parks similar to Ferrari World, which was named the Middle East’s best theme park at the World Travel Awards Gala held in October 2017.
In addition to the opening of Sea World in 2022, Miral is courting sponsors for new attractions and is holding discussions with entities that the company hopes to make public next year.
“Next year will be especially interesting for us,” he said. “We have a calendar of 420 events over the course of the year, are going to open Warner Brothers World and Clymb as well as two new rides at Ferrari World and one more at Yas WaterWorld. And of course it’s the 10th year of the Formula 1 races which will be very exciting,” he said.
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