Estimated to be worth approximately $1bn (AED3.67bn), the Warner Bros indoor theme park will comprise 29 rides, in addition to dining options and retail units. Six zones – dubbed ‘immersive worlds’ – have been created throughout the park, each incorporating a different theme, such as Warner Bros Plaza, Gotham City, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch. Commencement of construction on the project was announced in July 2015.
“There will always be challenges when building a theme park. Having rides with integrated media and content, sound, music, and audio-visuals is not easy,” Al Zaabi says.
He goes on to share details of the progress of another of Miral’s highly anticipated projects, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, a first-of-its-kind marine-life attraction on Yas Island.
The theme park will include the UAE’s first dedicated marine-life research, rescue, and rehabilitation centre, with facilities and resources for the care and conservation of local marine life, and will also be the first SeaWorld in the world not to display orcas, commonly known as killer whales.
The park will integrate up-close animal experiences, attractions, and a world-class aquarium, boasting the latest technology in visitor engagement.
Miral partnered with SeaWorld Entertainment at the end of 2016, and Al Zaabi says that the developer is very happy with the design of the park, so far. He also reveals that a major contract for the park will be awarded later this year. The attraction is scheduled to complete by 2022.
Another megaproject taking shape on the island, Yas South, comprises an almost 600-key hotel plus an 18,000-seat indoor arena. The arena is set to be completed by the end of 2019, with the hotel to be delivered by 2020.
“On Yas Island, the way we master-planned this project [always put the] customer experience first. We put ourselves in our customers’ shoes, and then we think about their experience and how we can tailor [something] truly immersive,” says Al Zaabi.
“We have been trying to connect all our assets physically and digitally, and that is what we are building now,” he adds.
Indeed, improving the physical connectivity on the island it a significant element in the creation of a distinctive experience for visitors. One way in which Miral hopes to achieve this is by building a cable car system to connect all of its existing and future assets, making it easier for visitors to access and explore the island, especially during the hot summer months. The developer says it will be the first system of its kind in the region.
“We are [working] with an LA-based company called SkyTran to build a new cable car solution,” Al Zaabi says. “The good thing about this is that it is faster than the average cable car [system] and it is a one-stop trip – it takes you directly to you destination.”