Batman, Superman and Bugs Bunny are headed to the United Arab Emirates with a planned $1 billion Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi.
Officially announced this morning by the studio and developer Miral Asset Management, the first phase of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is set to open in 2018 on the man-made Yas Island, already home to Ferrari World, a waterpark and a Formula One race track. Phase 2 will include the world's first Warner Bros.-branded hotel.
Warner Bros. World will bring such studio properties as DC Comics, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera together under one roof. Plans call for visitors to be able to step inside Gotham City and Metropolis.
The goal is for the park to increase the number of visitors to Yas Island from 25 million in 2015 to 30 million in 2018.
“Warner Bros. has been entertaining audiences for more than 90 years with the world’s most-loved characters and franchises," Warner Bros. Chairman Kevin Tsuijihara said in a statement. "Working with our partners at Miral, we’ll bring this expertise to Yas Island 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.”
(via Emirates 24/7)