GCC’s largest solar-powered theme park will be at Abu Dhabi

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) project to date will be developed soon at the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island. The decision follows an agreement between the renewable energy company, Masdar and the emirate’s leading curator of experiences, Miral.

The project targets to cover about 40 percent of the theme park’s annual energy demand by installing an estimated 16,000 solar modules across its roof area of 36,000 square meters.

Masdar will provide a full turnkey solution for the 7-megawatt peak (MWp) project, which includes the design, procurement and construction, as well as operation and maintenance of the solar plant.

The project is expected to begin functioning in the fourth quarter of 2021 and once completed, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will be the largest solar-powered theme park in the GCC region.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi
CEO – Masdar

“Masdar is pleased to be entering into this partnership with Miral to develop Abu Dhabi’s largest rooftop solar project. According to the World Green Building Council, building-related emissions contribute almost 55 percent of global electricity demand and optimizing energy efficiency in the built environment is critical to achieving the UAE’s clean energy goals.”

Al Ramahi further added, “we are proud to be supporting Abu Dhabi’s 2030 energy efficiency strategy to reduce overall electricity consumption by 22 percent and we look forward to leveraging our energy services experience to support Miral’s efforts of implementing energy-efficient solutions across its destinations and attractions.”

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, Chief Executive Officer of Miral, commented, “with Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi recognized as the world’s largest indoor theme park, it is the ideal location for a project of this scale. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to harnessing the most efficient, innovative and sustainable systems across our developments on Yas Island, further positioning it as a top global destination for entertainment, leisure and business.”

The solar project will be implemented under Masdar’s Energy Services department, who pursue projects in which Masdar invests, across the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.