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Abu Dhabi chosen as location for major theme park

Adventure World Abu Dhabi will include 25 attractions built on five themed islands

Abu Dhabi chosen as location for major theme park
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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Anil Kumar 7 years ago

As abudhabi managed to bring Ferrari Worls i thing they should try to bring something new than Disney World.
If they are trying devolep the Tourisum Sector Them Parks will be Playing major Part and it will be a very good source of income to TDIC.

Concerned, and been there 7 years ago

Additional, significant entertainment sector development in Abu Dhabi is promising news indeed.

It is also confusing: Aldar, the government-owned developer of Ferrari World, has been making many senior staff redundant. TDIC has also been releasing key personnel, and Farah Leisure as the operator of Ferrari World has just recently dismissed/lost almost all of its senior staff under the guidance of the EAA.

Real, earnest theme park development requires visionary leadership and a firm mindset toward competent execution of realistic program. Given the dearth of UAE-based theme park construction/development experience, it is not apparent how Abu Dhabi will proceed with another park while at the same time it has been shedding the experience of those who have invested themselves in its current projects.

As for the hundred 'experts', hopefully there will be a thoughtful approach taken towards bringing people in who will assist in a selfless, professional manner.

Fan of the Mouse 7 years ago

A sensible observation. As most sophisticated adults have experienced theme parks as visitors, there is a common perception that "anyone can run one." In Abu Dhabi, this false confidence may be exacerbated by oil wealth that also requires deep experience to exploit, expertise that in the beginning required AD to acquire also by hiring professionals. They did not dismiss the oil experts with such alacrity, so why wield the ax in the nascent theme-park/tourism sector?

If all does not go as planned, restarting the effort by hiring anew -- this time within a small professional community that has already been burnt once -- will be a very expensive proposition, as well as one that could cost market position. Hopefully there is a Plan B in case the bravado is ill-founded.

Telcoguy 7 years ago

@FotM, that is an easy one. Oil is the real stuff, you do not mess up with what probably amounts to 70-80 percent of you wealth.
This is just an entertainment.

Red Snapper 7 years ago

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.

Adam Zagajewski 7 years ago

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....

Abu Zahra 7 years ago

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.

sajid 7 years ago

who is undertaking the construction of pools...

a.cobb 7 years ago

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