SeaWorld has announced its first international park will be opened in Abu Dhabi by 2022, though this will be the first of their parks with no killer whales.
SeaWorld Entertainment will work on the development with Miral Asset Management LLC, a tourism destination ownership firm based in Abu Dhabi.
The park will be fully funded by Miral, but use SeaWorld’s branding, ensuring no capital expenses will be incurred by SeaWorld.
In addition to the marine park with animal experiences, attractions, and an aquarium, there will also be the “United Arab Emirates’ first dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center.” The center will open before the park and will “provide a resource for people in the United Arab Emirates hoping to develop or enhance expertise in marine life sciences.”
This park has been in the works for several years, and an official agreement was reached last month.
The park will be located on Yas Island, a manmade island in Abu Dhabi. Yas Island is already home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and Yas Waterworld; there are already plans for Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and Clymb.
SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby 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.”
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