Warner Bros. World theme park opens in Abu Dhabi


(CNN) — Does the UAE need another theme park? Abu Dhabi thinks it does — and so this week opens the doors to its new billion-dollar Warner Bros. World, one of the largest indoor theme parks ever built.

The new attraction features six immersive lands for visitors explore, from DC’s Gotham City, the haunt of Batman, to Cartoon Junction, based around classic Looney Toons characters.

But while the venue represents the most ambitious Warner Bros. theme park franchise to date, it finds itself in a crowded travel market in the UAE.

The destination has seen several big budget parks open over the past decade — including Legoland Dubai, IMG Worlds of Adventure and Motiongate Dubai — but so far none are pulling in the visitor numbers needed to make them world beaters.

New addition to Abu Dhabi


Visitors to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi can meet Bugs Bunny.

Courtesy Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

The 1.65 million square foot park is located on leisure destination Yas Island, already home to giant indoor theme park Ferrari World Abu Dhabi with its ultra-fast Formula Rossa roller coaster.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi adds 29 rides to the island, including Batman: Knight Flight, which allows guests to experience flying in a Batwing vehicle.

Everything is inside, which means visitor numbers shouldn’t be affected by the desert country’s extreme summer temperatures. The interior is designed to look like it’s always midday.


Rides include the Riddler Revolution, pictured here.

Courtesy Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

The project is the product of a partnership between Warner Bros and Abu Dhabi asset management company Miral. Warner Bros. shares the same parent organization as CNN — AT&T’s WarnerMedia.


The creators hope the theme park will become a major tourist attraction.

Courtesy Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

Its creators hope that Abu Dhabi World will help Yas Island up its annual visitors from 25 million in 2015, to 30 million in 2018.

Mohamed Abdullah Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said the park would create more than 1,000 jobs.

Abu Dhabi travel image provided by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi will neighbor Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, pictured here.

Courtesy TCA Abu Dhabi

Time will tell whether Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi makes an impact.

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