The United Arab Emirates has announced plans for a $1billion (£700 million) Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi.
The tourist attraction will bring to the Middle East the studio's popular superheroes and cartoon characters ranging from Bugs Bunny and Scooby-Doo to Batman and Superman.
The first phase is scheduled to open in 2018 and will include a Warner Bros branded hotel on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island, which is currently home to a Formula 1 race track, Ferrari World amusement park and waterpark.
The destination also boasts seven hotels, a mall, concert arena, marina, beach, links golf course and more than 100 cafe and restaurant options.
The project's developer is Abu Dhabi's Miral Asset Management and the project was joint announced yesterday by Warner Bros. and Miral.
The project developers are hoping that the new attraction will help Yas Island take its annual visitor tally from 25 million in 2015, to 30 million in 2018.
It is also expected to create more than 1000 jobs for the emirate.
Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros Entertainment said: 'Warner Bros. has been entertaining audiences for more than 90 years with the world’s most-loved characters and franchises.
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 immersed environment.'
The UAE, already a major tourist destination, is looking to increase its tourism revenue with other eye-popping projects.
In Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island is being built as dream holiday island complete with the Louvre and Guggenheim museums as well as beaches, promenades, luxury hotels, restaurants and shops. It is due to open in 2020.
Meanwhile Dubai has plans for a theme park with a Six Flags, a Bollywood-themed amusement area and Legoland.
By Caroline McGuire
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