SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to open on Yas Island

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SeaWorld plans to open its first park without orcas in Abu Dhabi by 2022.

Working with Abu Dhabi-based developer Miral, SeaWorld will create a marine life themed park on Yas Island that will feature the first marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center in the UAE.

"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 President and CEO Joel Manby said. "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."

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is expected to increase tourism to the UAE region and double the number of visitors to Yas Island.

"SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is a unique project for the region which complements our portfolio of attractions and enriches Yas Island as the most exciting destination for our visitors," Miral CEO Mohamed Al Zaabi said. "Miral will continue to develop and create leading destinations on Yas Island that offer unique, immersive and exciting experiences for everyone."

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