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SeaWorld Abu Dhabi shares construction update, announces 2022 opening

by Kayla Springmyer

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi announced that with construction over 40% complete, it is projected to open by the end of 2022. This will be the first-ever marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center in the United Arab Emirates. The facility will provide support to both regional and global conservation efforts.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi concept art by Miral
Photos courtesy of Miral and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

The marine theme park is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Once complete, it will feature six unique lands all related to the park’s “One Ocean” theming. Within those lands, guests can explore rides, interactive exhibits and one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is part of a $12 billion investment by Miral, a major asset management company.

“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,” said Scott Ross, chairman of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “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.”

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi park entrance concept art

“This is yet another great new addition to Yas Island’s immersive attractions and experiences,” said His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Miral. “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.”

SeaWorld has rescued and rehabilitated over 37,000 animals in need. That mission continues with SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. The park will feature an all-new research center for scientists, conservationists and researchers to work together. The goal is to better understand and protect the region’s delicate marine ecosystems. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is also the first new SeaWorld park without any orcas.

To learn more about SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and its ongoing construction, visit SeaWorldAbuDhabi.com.

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