SeaWorld is coming to Abu Dhabi in 2022

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be the first new SeaWorld without orcas, and will integrate up-close animal experiences, mega attractions, and a world-class aquarium

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open by 2022, the research, rescue, rehabilitation, and return centre will open before the theme park.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open by 2022, the research, rescue, rehabilitation, and return centre will open before the theme park.

UAE-based Miral has partnered with SeaWorld Entertainment to develop a marine life theme park in the country’s capital by 2022.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be a next-generation marine life themed park experience, as well as the UAE’s first marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation, and return centre.

In a joint statement, SeaWorld said: “We announced our partnership with Miral to develop SeaWorld Abu Dhabi on Yas Island.

“And as part of our commitment to being the world's largest marine animal rescue organisation, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will also include the UAE’s first dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation, and return centre with world-class facilities and resources for the care and conservation of local marine life.”

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be the first new SeaWorld without orcas, and will integrate up-close animal experiences, mega attractions, and a world-class aquarium, bringing the latest technology in visitor engagement.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of Miral said: “Abu Dhabi is becoming a first choice destination for regional and global travellers by combining culture, heritage and unique leisure experiences into one compelling proposition. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi further strengthens Yas Island’s position as the global tourism destination.”

Joel Manby, president and CEO 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.”

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi’s research, rescue, rehabilitation, and return centre on Yas Island will be providing an advanced environment for local and global researchers, scientists, and marine conservationists to assist them to better understand and learn from the region’s marine life habitats and conditions.

Planned to open ahead of the marine life themed park, the facility will provide an important resource for residents looking to develop or enhance expertise in marine life sciences and will serve as a hub for collaboration with local and international environmental organisations and projects.

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