Abu Dhabi’s upcoming SeaWorld theme park on Yas Island will be an indoor attraction so that it can attract visitors all year round.

Local developer Miral is developing the SeaWorld project. It also owns and operates the Ferrari World theme park and the water park, and is developing the Warner Bros theme park. “… They are all indoor theme parks, obviously excluding the water park, which is naturally outdoors,” says Mohamed Khalifa al-Mubarak, chairman of Miral. “SeaWorld will also be a fully indoor and immersive experience. It will allow us to work 12 months a year instead of just focusing on the winter months.”

Miral and the US’ SeaWorld Entertainment announced they had formed a partnership to develop the project in December last year. Consultants have tendered for roles such as project management this year.

The marine life-themed park will include the UAE’s first dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre as well as resources for the care and conservation of local marine life.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be the first new SeaWorld attraction without orcas (killer whales). Captive killer whales have become a controversial issue in the US, with campaigners demanding their release.

The SeaWorld project is part of Miral’s broader plans to double visitor numbers to Yas Island to 48 million by 2022.

Yas Island is also home to Yas Marina Circuit, seven hotels, a golf course, a marina and Yas Mall.

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