Yas Island-based marine life theme park to be completed in 2022, Miral says
Miral, the Abu Dhabi-based destination creator, has announced that 40% of construction work has been completed on its SeaWorld Abu Dhabi project.
Developed in collaboration with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the project will bring the next generation of marine life theme parks to Yas Island and will be home to the UAE’s first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre, providing world-class facilities to support regional and global conservation efforts.
Built on multiple levels with a total area of 183,000 sqm, the park’s design leverages SeaWorld’s more than 55 years of experience in marine research, conservation, and animal welfare. It is scheduled for completion in 2022, the statement added.
It will feature purpose-built habitats and ecosystems that will house different species together, as they are in the wild. Once complete, the marine life theme park will offer unique immersive experiences that engage visitors from the UAE and around the world, broadening their knowledge and appreciation of marine life, said Miral in its statement.
The next generation marine life theme park will be Yas Island’s next mega attraction, complementing Miral’s growing portfolio and enhancing the existing offerings on the Island, further positioning it as one of the top global destinations.
Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak said: “This is yet another great new addition to Yas Island’s immersive attractions and experiences. It will help further position the island as a top global destination and contribute to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s tourism vision.”
“Miral is 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,” he stated.
Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, had recently visited the project site to review the progress, he added.
According to Miral, the park will be home to six distinct realms which tell a unified and immersive “One Ocean” story showing the interconnectivity between all life on Earth and its oceans.
Once complete, the park will feature one of the world’s largest and most progressive indoor aquariums, an immersive ride that takes guests on a thrilling and visually stunning journey from Pole to Pole, and countless interactive exhibits, the statement concluded.
On the Miral tie-up, Scott Ross, Chairman of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, said: “It’s a privilege to partner with Miral, a best-in-class organization, to build SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, the first new SeaWorld park in over 30 years and the first outside of North America.”
“Yas Island is a visionary and transformational project, and is already becoming a landmark destination for global travelers. 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,” he added.