Abu Dhabi is really starting to make a name for itself in the world of major tourist attractions. The ball got rolling last year when a satellite exhibit of the Louvre opened up. This past summer, Abu Dhabi upped the game again by opening the largest indoor theme park on the planet.
Warner Bros. World marks the first ever theme park to bear the Warner Bros. name, and at 1.65 million square feet, it’s also the largest indoor theme park in the world. The United Arabs Emirates is no stranger to giant indoor theme parks, as prior to Warner Bros. opening on July 25, Dubai’s IMG Worlds of Adventure held the title of world’s largest, at 1.5 million square feet.
Warner Bros. World cost a whopping $1 billion to construct, and it features six different air-conditioned worlds with different themes. The theme park has a trendy, art-deco plaza, as well as Cartoon Junction, where guests can meet classic characters like Bugs Bunny. There’s a Flintstones area called “Bedrock,” and “Dynamite Gulch” is home to such memorable characters as Wile E. Coyote and Yosemite Sam. Perhaps the two most popular areas, though, are Metropolis and Gotham City, where guests are immersed in the worlds of Superman and Batman.
The new indoor theme park has much more to offer than character interactions, too. The park will be home to 29 different rides, including a Batman-themed roller coaster called “Batman: Knight Flight.”
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism is hoping that the new theme park will help to drive tourism, which has been on the rise over the past year or so. Before Warner Bros. World even opened, Abu Dhabi saw more than 82,000 visitors from the United States alone. With the opening of the world’s largest theme park, those numbers should continue to grow.
Admission to Warner Bros. World costs $81 (USD), so it’s cheaper than most of the theme parks in Orlando, Florida. You can read more about the park and book tickets by visiting the website at wbworldabudhabi.com.