SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Announces Partnership with Miral to Develop SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
Miral partners with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment to create a next-generation marine life themed park experience and the UAE's first Marine Life Research, Rescue, Rehabilitation and Return Centre by 2022.
Miral and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment have announced their partnership to develop SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, a first-of-it's-kind marine life themed park on Yas Island. This next generation SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will also include the United Arab Emirates' ("UAE") 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.
The partnership brings together Miral's expertise in developing Yas Island's portfolio of destinations with SeaWorld's 50-plus years of theme park, veterinary medicine, marine science and zoological practice and experience.
"Abu Dhabi is becoming a first choice destination for regional and global travelers 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", said His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Murbarak, Chairman of Miral.
Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer 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. 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."
The addition of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi expands Miral's destination portfolio on Yas Island, which is set to double visitor numbers to 48 million by 2022. The growth plans are part of Abu Dhabi's vision to establish the emirate as a global tourism hub with unique attractions and world-class tourism infrastructure.