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Warner Brothers plans to expand its entertainment empire to Abu Dhabi, by opening a theme park in the wealthy Gulf emirate which aims to become an international centre for art and culture, one of the project developers said on Wednesday.
A hotel, several multiplex cinemas and a joint film and computer game development fund will also be created under the deal struck between Warner Brothers, the Abu Dhabi Media Company and real estate developers ALDAR.
Work on the theme park and hotel is expected to begin in 2009, while the cinemas are due to open in the first quarter of 2010, ALDAR said, without specifying the cost of the deal.
Awesome, and if it is like the one in Spain, then this will be a really cool park. Dubai/Abu Dhabi seem to be where everyone wants to build a park, and with all the competition there will be, this might be one of the best parks in the world.
It took a while, but construction has finally started and the park is now set to open in 2018.
Most, if not all of the park will be indoor.
Time Warner press release:
Warner Bros. this week announced plans for a $1 billion Abu Dhabi destination park, set to open in 2018.
Developed in partnership with Miral Asset Management, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will include the first-ever Warner Bros.-branded hotel as part of an immersive, state-of-the-art destination where guests can experience characters and stories from the DC Entertainment universe, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as timeless Warner Bros. Cartoons and characters from the worlds of Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera.
As described by Warner Bros. Entertainment Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will offer "a fully-interactive, innovative and unique experience that will allow fans of all ages to experience the most exciting aspects of Warner Bros."
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be located on beautiful Yas Island, where it is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs for the Emirate.
“It is incredibly exciting to announce that we are bringing the iconic Warner Bros. brand to Yas Island. Miral’s investment in the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park is estimated at $1 billion and is a milestone in the Emirate’s journey to put Abu Dhabi on the global map,” said his Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral.
In other words: Your 2018 vacation planning begins now.
More details from Miral:
The project includes building indoor and outdoor areas for 19 themed rides. The indoor rides will be accommodated in a large steel-frame construction.
The project manager is US-based Louis Berger. The operator of the theme park will be the local Farah Leisure.
Warner Bros. and the theme park developer Miral are pulling back the curtain on Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, releasing new renderings of the $1-billion venture poised to bring DC Comics superheroes, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and old Hollywood glamor to life in the United Arab Emirates.
Set to open next year on the man-made Yas Island, the theme park will feature rides, family-friendly attractions, a hotel, and live entertainment spread across six themed lands.
Visitors will enter the indoor park through Warner Bros. Plaza, a celebration of Hollywood’s golden age, while Metropolis and Gotham City sections will showcase the gleaming skyscrapers and dark alleys of Superman and Batman’s respective hometowns. For animation aficionados, Cartoon Junction, Dynamite Gulch, and Bedrock will feature attractions based on characters like Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, and the Flintstones.
Yas Island is also home to a Ferrari theme park, a water park, Formula One racetrack, and a golf course, and it is the future site of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.
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