Packed up with unforgettable experiences and immersive adventures for guests of all ages, SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi has officially opened its doors for visitors as the region’s first marine life theme park. Each realm at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is uniquely themed and intricately designed, transporting guests to different marine environments found across the globe.
In a press statement, SeaWorld says that immersive sound and light performances were part of the event’s opening ceremony, which celebrated the launch of the next-generation marine life theme park and was graced by the presence of many celebrities.
It adds that the latest theme park on Yas Island, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi was developed by Miral, the leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, in partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a leading educational theme park and entertainment company as well as one of the world’s foremost zoological organisations. The star-studded opening celebrations featured performances by Emirati superstar Hussain Al Jassmi, Scottish recording artist Red as well as a sensational orchestra of 120 musicians.
“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 & 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,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral, at the opening ceremony.
The statement says that during the event Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral, alongside Scott Ross, Chairman of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, Group CEO of Miral welcomed H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development in addition to other government officials, as well as ambassadors and chargé d’affaires to the UAE from the USA, Japan, Singapore and Belgium among other countries.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi offers 10 up-close animal encounters amongst 100 animal experiences and presentations, where guests can learn about the unique characteristics and behaviours of fascinating marine animals including dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles.
Held in the One Ocean realm, the inauguration event treated guests to a special viewing of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi’s One Epic Ocean spectacular. With multimedia and state-of-the-art spatial audio, the show brought wonders of the ocean to life on an extraordinary 360-degree screen, standing at 15 metres tall and 218 metres wide. A group of young marine enthusiasts then took to the stage, activating a mesmerising sound and light display which featured a swirling vortex that lit up the One Ocean globe. Symbolising the connection between the ocean and all of us and marking the official opening of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, this moment was a highlight of the majestic event, adds the statement by SeaWorld.
It goes on to say that the Animal Care Centre and the entrances to the rest of the park are located in the One Ocean realm, while the Abu Dhabi Ocean realm invites visitors to explore the distinctive marine life of the Arabian Gulf. Visitors to Rocky Point can observe sea lions and harbour seals in a secret cove that was inspired by the Pacific Northwest of the United States. A vivid and sunny rainforest and a magnificent blue lagoon filled with dolphins,
flamingos, fish, and birds can be found in the Tropical Ocean realm. Children and families will have a blast in the MicroOcean realm as they discover how small things can have a great impact by exploring the microscopic world as plankton.
“As the first SeaWorld park to open outside of the United States, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi marks a significant chapter for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. It is with great privilege we celebrate this highly anticipated opening alongside our valued partners at Miral. The extraordinary SeaWorld Abu Dhabi Marine Life Theme Park was born through years of collaboration and innovation, combining SeaWorld’s nearly 60 years of experience in animal welfare and commitment to marine conservation with Miral’s unprecedented track record as a leading developer of world-class destination,” says Scott Ross, Chairman of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.