With the growing number of attractions, Yas Island’s developer wants to leverage the range of luxury and mid-market hotels on the island to attract even more visitors to the island.
“We saw 27 million visits to Yas Island in 2017. This year we’re on track to grow that by 10 percent to just under 30 million,” Miral CEO told Arabian Business.
Miral's long-awaited theme park - Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi - is set to open on July 25. Built at a cost of $1 billion, it will feature 29 rides and zones dedicated to 50 of the world’s biggest comic book superheroes, including Batman and Superman.
“This will be a place everyone will love,” he said.
Meanwhile, the world’s largest aluminium roof decked in Ferrari’s colours and insignia, and through which Ferrari World’s Turbo Track ride ploughs through, will be open for visitors “as soon as the weather is nicer,” according to Miral CEO Mohamed al Zaabi.
"The roof will be a big attraction for visitors “to walk around and take pictures of themselves on it as well as of the Abu Dhabi skyline,” he added.
Opening the roof to visitors will accompany an all new ride first of its kind adventure attraction called Mission Ferrari as well as a 5D floodable cinema at Yas Waterworld, where visitors will need to wear bathing suits as they are submerged under over 60 cm of water.
“Some time after the summer we will be ready to announce weekend stay packages for visitors for the first time,” said Al Zaabi.
To be priced “very attractively”, the all-inclusive packages will allow visitors full access to the range of Yas Island amenities that are now too many to see in a day, he said.
Staycation packages will compliment the UAE’s decision to ease transit visas for short term tourists into the country, as well the upcoming plan to grant stopover travelers a 1-day transit visa as they pass through the country’ airports, according to Al Zaabi.
“There are some big plans coming up to increase how a growing number of tourists can spend time in the country,” Al Zaabi said referring to the new rules to be announced soon, “and we’re very excited to offer more to them.”For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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