SeaWorld has announced plans to create SeaWorld Abu Dhabi on Yas Island by 2022.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will integrate up-close animal experiences, mega attractions and a world class aquarium, bringing the latest technology in visitor engagement. It will also be the first new SeaWorld without orcas.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
Commenting on the announcement, 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.”
The theme park, the first for SeaWorld outside the US, is being funded by development partners Miral under license.
“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.”
Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, added, “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.”
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi 4-R Center
The theme park will also include a dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center – the first in the UAE.