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SeaWorld Abu Dhabi gets official opening

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi gets official opening
May 24, 2023

An opening event attended by hundreds of guests has celebrated the launch of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, the Arabian Gulf region's first marine life theme park.

Beyond the official opening on Monday evening, the new Yas Island park has, as of Tuesday 23rd May, opened to the public adding to Abu Dhabi’s collection of major visitor attractions.

Developed by Miral in partnership with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the attraction is the first SeaWorld outside of North America.

Speaking at the opening, Miral Chairman, Mohamed Al Mubarak stated “today marks a great milestone for Abu Dhabi as we open SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, a landmark attraction that is unparalleled in the region and the world on every level.

"SeaWorld Abu Dhabi represents the next generation of theme parks, joining the world-class experiences on Yas Island, further positioning it as a top global destination, contributing to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s tourism vision.

"The Park will also play a key role in promoting environmental awareness and protecting marine life in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the wider region, undoubtedly inspiring guests to care for and protect our precious marine life for years to come.

"Together with our partner, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, we are proud to be pushing the limits of science and conservation to create a truly unparalleled knowledge hub, demonstrating our joint commitment to upholding the highest standards of animal care and welfare.”

Scott Ross, Chairman of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, added “as the first SeaWorld park to open outside of the United States, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi marks a significant chapter for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

"It is with great privilege we celebrate this highly anticipated opening alongside our valued partners at Miral.

"We have no doubt that guests will be amazed with all that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi has to offer and we are sincerely proud to play our part in inspiring their commitment to marine conservation for years to come.”

Spanning five indoor levels over 183,000 metre², SeaWorld Abu Dhabi tells a story of One Ocean, taking guests on a journey of discovery seamlessly blending learning and fun across eight immersive realms.

Each realm represents a different marine environment found around the globe, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in a world of discovery.

The One Ocean realm serves as the core of the park, sharing its story through immersive media.

It also houses the Animal Care Centre and is the gateway to the rest of the park.

The Abu Dhabi Ocean realm invites guests to explore the marine life of the Arabian Gulf, while Rocky Point shows sea lions and harbour seals in a cove inspired by the Pacific north-west.

The Tropical Ocean realm features a vibrant rainforest and a blue lagoon, with dolphins, flamingos, other birds and fish.

In the MicroOcean realm, visitors can explore the microscopic world as plankton, learning about their effects on marine ecosystems.

The Endless Ocean realm has the world's largest multi-species marine life aquarium, while the Polar Ocean realms offer icy seascapes and insights into polar species.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi offers 10 animal encounters and over 100 animal experiences and presentations, where guests can learn about fascinating marine animals including dolphins, sharks and sea turtles.

The park also features more than 15 interactive rides and experiences, taking guests on unique journeys beneath the waves.

From the Manta Coaster in the Tropical Ocean realm to the Hypersphere 360º in the Arctic Realm of the Polar Ocean, there are attractions for all ages.

Entertainment is provided throughout the day with live characters and performances.

Dining options include 18 different experiences, ranging from quick snacks to fine dining.

Guests can also find souvenirs and merchandise at the park's 13 retail outlets.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi has been certified by Global Humane, making it the first centre in the Mena region to achieve this accreditation.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi joins Yas Island's portfolio of theme parks and attractions, including Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Clymb Abu Dhabi.

Images show key features of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi and highlights of Monday's opening.

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