Abu Dhabi's $1bn Warner Bros theme park opens to the public today

Officials in Abu Dhabi believe the park will help attract tourists to the UAE's capital.
Abu Dhabi's $1bn Warner Bros theme park opens to the public today
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Wed 25 Jul 2018 09:31 AM

Abu Dhabi has opened its new $1 billion Warner Bros theme park to the public on Yas Island on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attractions on the island.

The 1.65 million sq. ft park includes immersive environments and 29 rides featuring popular DC Super Heroes characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, alongside classic Warner Bros characters such as Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and the Flintstones.

Visitors to the theme park can visit six distinct themed areas: Warner Bros Plaza, Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamic Gulch, all of which feature a variety of dining options.

The park is the result of a partnership between Warner Bros and Miral Asset Management.

Speaking to CNBC on Wednesday, Miral chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak said that the theme park will contribute to the growth of tourism in Abu Dhabi.

“China, India and Russia have been our biggest markets and there is strong growth by all these countries,” he said. “We expect stronger growth to come from UK, Germany and Saudi Arabia. Additions like Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi will just compound that growth.”

Similarly, in a tweet His Highness Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that the park is “another tourist attraction that will contribute to the promotion of family tourism in Yas Island.

“We will continue to translate our strategic development plans into reality to achieve global leadership,” he added.

With the opening, Warner Bros Abu Dhabi joins theme parks Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and CLYMB.

A fifth theme park, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, is scheduled to open in 2022.

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