The world's largest indoor theme park - costing over $1billion (NZ$1.5billion) - has opened in Abu Dhabi.

Warner Bros World opened its doors to the first visitors yesterday and the attraction honours some of the most famous cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and Scooby-Doo.

The Metropolis theme park is based on the WB superheroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg and Aquaman.
The Metropolis theme park is based on the WB superheroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg and Aquaman.

The desert-like climate of Abu Dhabi means the park is located inside a huge air-conditioned building with the interior designed to make it permanently resemble midday.

The park is separated into six areas including Bedrock of "The Flintstones" fame, Superman's Metropolis, Batman's Gotham City, Cartoon Junction and Yosemite Sam's Dynamite Gulch.

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As visitors approach the park, they are greeted by an Art-Deco-inspired land that celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood and all things Warner Bros.

As guests step through to Metropolis, they will discover a gleaming urban landscape based on the tales of superheroes such as Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg and Aquaman.

Visitors to the Abu Dhabi govenment supported park are greeted by Loony Toons, Tweety Pie and Sylvester. Photo / Supplied
Visitors to the Abu Dhabi govenment supported park are greeted by Loony Toons, Tweety Pie and Sylvester. Photo / Supplied

In the area based on Gotham City, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of Batman, The Joker, Harley Quinn and The Riddler.

The Cartoon Junction section features attractions based on the likes of Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo, while Bedrock brings the Flintstones to life.

In the animated storyland Dynamite Gulch, guests can experience Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner's dizzying dash firsthand, and keep an eye out for Marvin The Martian and The Jetsons.

Tickets for the park are currently selling at 290 dirhams or about NZ$115. Photo / Supplied
Tickets for the park are currently selling at 290 dirhams or about NZ$115. Photo / Supplied

Only two of the park's 29 rides have height restrictions, with one of the showpiece rides being Batman: Knight Flight, which allows guests to experience flying in a Batwing vehicle.

Tickets for the park are currently selling at 290 dirhams (NZ$115) for adults and 230 dirhams (NZ$92) for children.

It was formally opened by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The park was built by the Abu Dhabi government-owned Miral Asset Management and is the the latest offering in a crowded market in the United Arab Emirates where one marquee park already faces serious financial problems.

Officials say the draw of the Warner Bros brand, encompassing cartoons and comic books, will help them overcome the challenges faced by other theme parks in the Emirates, including a Dubai park that lost $300million (NZ$440million) last year.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (centre left), formally opened the park in the United Arab Emirates. Photo / Supplied, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (centre left), formally opened the park in the United Arab Emirates. Photo / Supplied, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The Warner Bros park does benefit from being on Yas Island, already home to the Ferrari World theme park, Abu Dhabi's Formula 1 race track, a large mall and a water park.

Both Dubai theme parks are further out in the desert, away from other attractions.