(CNN)It’s already home to the world’s tallest buildings, biggest shopping malls and largest man-made islands.
Now, Dubai can claim yet another superlative — the “world’s largest indoor theme park.”
IMG Worlds of Adventure, an amusement park that cost more than $1 billion dollars and took three years to build, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday.
The park is as big as 28 football fields, measuring some 1.5 million square feet in size.
“We wanted this to be an icon for Dubai itself and an icon for the region,” says Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds of Adventure. “And opening the world’s largest indoor theme park seemed very fitting for this market.”
Later this year, the even bigger Dubai Parks and Resorts development is set to open just outside the city.
That park — built at a cost of more than $3 billion dollars — includes LegoLand, a Bollywood-themed zone, and a water park.
The new theme parks are part of Dubai’s plan to boost tourism to the United Arab Emirates amid plunging oil prices in the Gulf.
As many as 18 million visitors could visit Dubai’s amusement centers by 2021, according to analysts.