Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office has shared that SeaWorld’s first Middle Eastern theme park is still making it’s way for the end of Q4 FY 2022 and the construction process so far is 40% of it’s completion widow from his visit. The partnership with SeaWorld and the UAE goes all the back when it was first announced in 2016 outside of the United States and a business partnership with Miral Asset Management LLC., for SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.
Located at Yas Island and will be their next mega attraction complementing Miral’s growing portfolio and enhancing the existing offering on the Island, further positioning it as one of the top global destinations. The property will be a total area of approximately 183,000 sqm, and the park’s design, which leverages SeaWorld’s more than 55 years of experience in marine research, conservation, and animal welfare. It will alos feature a purpose-built habitats and ecosystems that will house different species together, as they are in the wild. Once complete, the marine life theme park will offerunique immersive experiences that engage visitors from the UAE and around the world, broadening their knowledge and appreciation of marine life.
The partnership between SeaWorld and the UAE will still be dedicated towards SeaWorld’s mission for marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will feature six distinctive realms to tell a unified and immersive “One Ocean” story showcasing the connection between all life on Earth and our oceans as what SeaWorld is saying “We are connected to the Ocean, and the Ocean connects all of us.” The park will have one of the world’s largest and most progressive indoor aquariums, an immersive ride that takes guests on a thrilling and visually stunning journey from Pole to Pole, and countless interactive exhibits once finished.
“This is yet another great new addition to Yas Island’s immersive attractions and experiences. It will help further position the island as a top global destination and contribute to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s tourism vision. We are proud to have partnered with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on this incredible project, which brings more than 55 years of expertise in marine conservation and world class marine animal care to Yas Island.” according to Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral in a statement.
Scott Ross, Chairman of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, said on the partnership “It’s a privilege to partner with Miral, a best-in-class organization, to build the first new SeaWorld Park in over 30 years and the first outside of North America. Yas Island is a visionary and transformational project and is already becoming a landmark destination for global travellers. We are thrilled SeaWorld will be a part of this special place, which will further expand our vitally important marine life research, rescue, conservation and education efforts in the region.”
The new park will also be very dedicated towards those in the scientifc field for the new research center as an advanced knowledge hub for researchers, scientists, and marine conservationists to better understand and protect the region’s marine life and ecosystem. The facility will be including live studies into indigenous Gulf species such as dugongs and sea turtles, while further contributing to the global marine science community. To date, SeaWorld has come to the aid of more than 37,000 animals in need, returning many to the wild and providing a forever home for animals that are unable to safely return to the wild.
As announced previously for the theme park and this will be the first SeaWorld park without Orca Whales to be in aquarium tanks.
Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, refused to rule out adding further theme parks to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island according to Arabian Business. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is part of Miral’s AED 12 Billion investment in developments under construction and Yas Island already has already previous theme parks and attractions that is home towards Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Warner Bros World, as well as Clymb, an indoor adventure hub that boasts the world’s tallest climbing wall at 43 metres and, at ten metres, the widest wind tunnel.
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Source: SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.