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SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to feature world’s largest aquarium

Miral has revealed construction of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, home to the world’s largest aquarium, is 64 percent complete.

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Miral has revealed that construction of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, a marine-life theme park on Yas Island is 64 percent finished and on track to complete in 2022.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be home to the world’s largest aquarium with 25 million litres of water, as well as the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center.

Recent construction milestones at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi include the completion of the primary steel erection and near finalisation of the envelope enclosure of the attraction. The structure’s façade is currently in progress.

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, said SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will “feature the world’s largest marine aquarium and the UAE’s first dedicated research center to study and care for animals”.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi set to complete in 2022

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“This is another major addition to Yas Island’s existing immersive experiences and attractions, and a testament to achieving our vision of positioning the island as a top global tourism destination for residents and visitors alike.”

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi‘s expansive aquarium will house more than 68,000 marine animals, such as sharks, fish, manta rays and sea turtles. It will also feature an enormous vertical window across multiple levels revealing aquatic scenes.

The Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center will be located adjacent to the aquarium and theme park, and will be the first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre in the UAE.

The facility will focus on indigenous Gulf and marine life ecosystems, and will be accessible to visitors who make a reservation.

Miral attraction opening on Yas Island

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“SeaWorld Abu Dhabi joins our North American parks in our mission and commitment to conservation efforts worldwide,” said Marc Swanson, CEO of SeaWorld.

“We have hundreds of professionals focused on animal care, rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research.”

Swanson said the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center will “further expand SeaWorld’s positive global impact with the vitally important marine life conservation efforts in the region”.

Yas Island’s portfolio of attractions includes Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and CLYMB Abu Dhabi. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will cover an area of 183,000 square meters across five indoor levels.

Images: Miral/SeaWorld

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Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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