Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, announced today that the next-generation marine-life theme park, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, the latest mega-development on Yas Island, has reached 90% completion.
The project, which is set to open in 2023 as the newest addition to Yas Island’s tourism offerings, will include the UAE’s first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation, and return center.
The research and rescue center, which will be located next to the marine-life theme park, will open this year. It will aid regional and global conservation efforts by serving as a cutting-edge knowledge hub focused on indigenous Arabian Gulf and marine life ecosystems. The center will be led by world-class marine scientists, veterinarians, animal care professionals, rescue experts, and educators who will work with peers, environmental organizations, regulators, and academic institutions to have an impact on long-term conservation efforts in the region. The rescue team will also be available to assist the authorities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The marine-life theme park, built on five indoor levels with a total area of approximately 183,000sqm, is nearing completion of the interior themed guest environments, habitats, rides, and immersive experiences. The purpose-built habitats and ecosystems for the animals that will call SeaWorld Abu Dhabi home have been designed and built using the latest technologies, aiming to provide the residents with a dynamic environment that replicates their natural habitat.
The marine-life theme park, which will house the region’s largest and most expansive multi-species marine-life aquarium, will include a plethora of immersive experiences and interactive exhibits, inviting guests from all over the world to broaden their knowledge and appreciation of marine-life while educating and inspiring them. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi’s central “One Ocean” realm connects six distinct marine environments throughout the park, all of which tell a unified story based on the interconnectedness of all life on Earth and in our ocean. Guests will encounter fascinating ocean stories presented in an expansive 360o fully immersive media experience within the central hub, transporting them from one fascinating place to another while encountering much of the ocean’s diverse marine-life and learning how the One Ocean current works.
“Abu Dhabi and the UAE have delivered longstanding marine conservation, and SeaWorld Abu Dhabi signifies the start of a new chapter in regional and global marine life knowledge, conservation, and sustainability,” said HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral. Our collaboration with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to bring this next-generation marine-life theme park to Abu Dhabi will help to further position the capital as a global tourism hub, as well as contribute to its economic growth and diversification vision.”
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is expected to house more than 150 species of marine animals, including sharks, schools of fish, manta rays, sea turtles, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates, as well as hundreds of birds such as penguins, puffins, murres, flamingos, and more. The park’s animals will be cared for by a dedicated team of zoologists, veterinarians, nutritionists, and animal specialists who share a passion and commitment to the health and well-being of the animals in their care.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will contribute to Miral’s vision of positioning Yas Island as a top global destination, and will be an excellent addition to the island’s already diverse portfolio of attractions and experiences. The next-generation marine-life park is set to open in late 2022 and will be Yas Island’s next major attraction.