Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi

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Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.png
LocationYas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
ThemeWarner Bros.
OwnerMiral Asset Management LLC under a license from Warner Bros. Entertainment (WarnerMedia)
Operated byFarah Experiences LLC
(Miral Asset Management LLC)
OpenedJuly 25, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-07-25)
Operating seasonYear-round
Area1.65 million square feet[1]
Attractions
Total29
Roller coasters2
Websitewww.wbworldabudhabi.com/en

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is an indoor theme park in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, owned and developed by Miral Asset Management at an expected cost of $1 billion.[2] The park features characters from Warner Bros.'s franchises, such as Looney Tunes, DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, and others. The park is located on Yas Island near Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld and CLYMB Abu Dhabi, and is the third Warner Bros.'s theme park.[3] An adjoining hotel is also being built at the center of Yas Island.[2] The park contains 29 rides, and shows.[4]

History[edit]

Plans for the park began in 2007, but were halted by the Great Recession. Warner Bros. had signed a development contract with Aldar Properties in that year.[2][5]

In May 2015, Miral signed the general construction contract with Belgian contractor Six Construct, thus resuming construction that year.[2] On April 19, 2016, Miral and Warner Bros. announced plans for the park's first phase to open in 2018.[3]

Miral announced in February 2017 that ride delivery and installation had begun with many of the 29 rides being tested.[4] On April 25, 2017, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Miral announced that the park was on schedule at 60% completion, and revealed information about its six themed lands.[1]

On July 24, 2018, the park was inaugurated by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.[6]

Design[edit]

The theme park is indoor and fully air-conditioned, as is typical of most major theme parks in the region due to the extreme heat in the summer. Standing at 1.65 million square feet, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi was named the world’s largest indoor theme park by Guinness World Records in 2019.[7]

The facade features a 61-metre-tall (200 ft) tower inspired by the iconic Warner Bros. Water Tower in Burbank, California. The theme park was designed by Thinkwell Group.

Layout[edit]

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi features six themed lands; Gotham City, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza. Gotham and Metropolis which are based on the fictional settings of DC Comics super heroes Batman and Superman, respectively. Warner Bros.'s Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon libraries are represented in Dynamite Gulch and Cartoon Junction, along with Bedrock, which is themed around The Flintstones. Warner Bros. Plaza is meant to mimic the Hollywood of the past.[8]

Rides[9][edit]

Batman's statue at Warner Bros World in Abu Dhabi

Bedrock[edit]

  • The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure[10]

Dynamite Gulch[edit]

Cartoon Junction[edit]

  • Tom and Jerry: Swiss Cheese Spin
  • Scooby Doo: The Museum of Mysteries
  • Cartoon Junction Carousel
  • Daffy Jet-Propelled Pogo Stick
  • Tweety Wild Wockets
  • Ricochet Racin' with Taz
  • Ani-Mayhem
  • Acme Factory

Gotham City[edit]

  • Batman: Knight Flight
  • Scarecrow Scare Raid
  • The Riddler Revolution
  • The Joker Funhouse
  • Rogues Gallery Games

Metropolis[edit]

  • Justice League Warworld Attacks
  • Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey
  • Superman 360: Battle for Metropolis
  • Teen Titans Training Academy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McNary, Dave (April 25, 2017). "Warner Bros. Unveils Metropolis and Gotham City for Abu Dhabi Theme Park". Variety. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Warner Bros theme park to open on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island in 2018". The National. April 20, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi set to open in 2018". Los Angeles Times. April 19, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Testing for rides at Warner Bros Abu Dhabi theme park almost complete". The National. Abu Dhabi Media. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  5. ^ Anstey, Tom (16 July 2015). "Work starts on 'multi-billion dollar' Warner Bros theme park development in Abu Dhabi". Attractions Management. Leisure Media Company Ltd. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island Inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed". Press Release. WarnerMedia. July 24, 2018. Archived from the original on October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "WB World Abu Dhabi named world's largest indoor theme park by Guinness World Records". blooloop.com. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  8. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (April 25, 2017). "Warner Bros To Build Gotham City & Metropolis For $1B Abu Dhabi Theme Park". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Rides & Attractions". wbworldabudhabi.com. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  10. ^ "Places To Visit in Dubai". thingstododubai.com. Retrieved 2021-08-11.