Theme park and first Warner Bros.-branded hotel set to open in U.A.E. in 2018.
Warner Bros. has partnered with Miral to create a themed destination in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Located on Yas Island, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will include a theme park as well as the only Warner Bros.-branded hotel. The themed destination will bring together the studio’s portfolio of DC Comics superheroes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as cartoons such as “Looney Tunes,” “Scooby-Doo” and “Tom and Jerry.” Guests will also have the opportunity to step inside Gotham City and Metropolis, experience the cartoon worlds of Hanna-Barbera and more.
The project is being developed under license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products and is slated to open in 2018, with the branded hotel to follow at a later date.
“Warner Bros. has been entertaining audiences for more than 90 years with the world’s most-loved characters and franchises,” says Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and chief executive officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “Working with our partners at Miral, we’ll bring this expertise to Yas Island, one of the world’s leading entertainment destinations, to create a fully-interactive, innovative and unique experience that will allow fans of all ages to experience the most exciting aspects of Warner Bros. in a completely immersive environment.”
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be located alongside the first Ferrari-branded theme park and the Emirati-themed water park, Yas Waterworld. The companies anticipate that the Warner Bros.-themed destination will take Yas Island’s annual visitor tally from 25 million to 30 million.
“By meeting the global, regional and local demand for a world-class entertainment destination, supported by an equally world-class travel and tourism infrastructure, we are fulfilling our ambition to drive visitor numbers and enrich the U.A.E.’s appeal as a truly international destination that appeals to both residents and travelling guests. Miral is central to this development with a number of significant and exciting projects in the pipeline,” says Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman, Miral.