SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Announces Partnership With Miral To Expand To The Middle East

SeaWorld just announced yesterday for the first time that there expanding towards the Middle East in the United Arab Emirates region of the Middle East in Abu Dhabi. This will be the first SeaWorld park outside of the United States and in the Middle East in which will be a business partnership with Miral Asset Management LLC within themed entertainment for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

This will be the first park without the focus of orcas, and for visitors to “integrate up-close animal experiences, mega attractions and a world-class aquarium, bringing the latest technology in visitor engagement.” SeaWorld Abu Dhabi’s goal will be the first of dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation, and a return center with world-class facilities and resources for the care and conservation of local marine life.


Here’s more about what you can experience for the upcoming SeaWorld Abu Dhabi park set to open up in 2022 from the official press release down below:

“Abu Dhabi is becoming a first choice destination for regional and global travelers by combining culture, heritage and unique leisure experiences into one compelling proposition. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi further strengthens Yas Island’s position as the global tourism destination,” said His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral.”

“This announcement reflects the emirate’s ambition to create a sustainable, diversified economy, with tourism as one of its core pillars. Abu Dhabi continues to build sustainable partnerships that deliver on its strategic 2030 Vision, to transform and pioneer new destinations that are recognized for world class quality, authenticity and innovation on every level.”

“Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld said: “We are excited to announce our first international expansion and our partnership with Miral as we design a next generation SeaWorld that engages, educates and inspires, a blueprint brought to life in Abu Dhabi. This new park, combined with a dedicated research, rescue, rehabilitation and return facility focused on marine life care and conservation, continues SeaWorld’s legacy of marine life rescue that spans more than 50 years. This project presents an opportunity for collaboration and greater understanding of how species have adapted to the region’s unique marine environment, and to inspire the next generation of visitors, conservationists and animal care experts.”

“SeaWorld Abu Dhabi’s research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center on Yas Island will be the first of its kind in the country, providing a state-of-the-art environment for local and global researchers, scientists and marine conservationists to assist them to better understand and learn from the region’s marine life habitats and conditions. Planned to open ahead of the marine life themed park, the facility will provide an important resource for UAE nationals and residents looking to develop or enhance expertise  in marine life sciences and will serve as a hub for collaboration with local and international environmental organizations and projects.”

“Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral said: “SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is a unique project for the region which complements our portfolio of attractions and enriches Yas Island as the most exciting destination for our visitors. As Abu Dhabi’s developer of unique and exciting destinations, the opportunity to design a next generation marine life themed park in partnership with SeaWorld is bold and ambitious.  Miral will continue to develop and create leading destinations on Yas Island that offer unique, immersive and exciting experiences for everyone.”
“The addition of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi expands Miral’s destination portfolio on Yas Island, which is set to double visitor numbers to 48 million by 2022. The growth plans are part of Abu Dhabi’s vision to establish the emirate as a global tourism hub with unique attractions and world-class tourism infrastructure.”

“SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is set to open by 2022, and will complement Miral’s Yas Island destination portfolio of four themed parks, which includes Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and opening in 2018 the recently announced Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Clymb.  Yas Island also offers a wide range of sporting and entertainment experiences that include Yas Marina Circuit, seven hotels, year round calendar of events, a live performance and concert arena, an 18-hole championship golf course, a marina, a beach and the increasingly popular shopping destination, Yas Mall.”


Plan site for the next and first SeaWorld Park in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi. Source: (©SeaWorld Entertainment & Parks Inc.)

Here’s also a couple of videos about the announcement for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and more

You can read more information about the SeaWorld Abu Dhabi park and future upcoming expansions on Miral’s site here and here. For everything SeaWorld and all other themed entertainment news, keep checking back here at


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