Abu Dhabi’s Marine Theme Park Sea World To Get World’s Largest Aquarium With Over 68,000 Aquatic Animals

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman

Abu Dhabi is already home to a host of tourist attractions. From Ferrari World to Yas Waterworld and Clymb, the capital is no short of entertainment to attract tourists. And now, there’s a brand new one joining the list. The CEO of Miral Asset Management Mohamed Al Zaabi confirmed that Sea World will be Abu Dhabi’s next big attraction.

The marine-life park, which is set to feature the world’s largest and most expansive marine Aquarium and the new Yas SeaWorld® Research and Rescue Center, is currently 64% complete.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi Will Feature World’s Largest Aquarium

Once complete, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be home to the world’s largest and most expansive marine-life Aquarium, containing 25 million litres of water and housing more than 68,000 marine animals, including sharks, schools of fish, manta rays and sea turtles. A main focal view of the aquarium will present visitors with the “Endless Vista”, an impressive 20m tall vertical window across multiple levels revealing stunning aquatic scenes.

SeaWorld Is Now 64% Complete

Miral and SeaWorld Entertainment are brining to Abu Dhabi residents a first-of-its-kind marine life themed park on the Yas Island. This is the first SeaWorld leisure park to be built outside the UnSA. When open, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will feature a 4R centre- marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return.

Building off SeaWorld’s extensive research and rescue expertise, the Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center will act as an advanced knowledge hub focusing on indigenous Gulf and marine life ecosystems. The facility will be located adjacent to the aquarium and theme park, and will be the first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center in the UAE.  It will integrate with SeaWorld’s ongoing efforts related to research, rescue, conservation, and education. Accessible to visitors by reservation, the Research and Rescue Center will also demonstrate the work from resident scientists and researchers, enriching guests’ knowledge of aquatic animals, and offering tailored educational learning programs for both local and international schools and touring groups.

Visitors to SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will have the opportunity to interact with one of the most diverse populations of animals featured in any marine-life park, globally. The aquarium encapsulates the expanse and scale of the marine display for guests and is one element featured within a unified “One Ocean” experience, interlinking six distinct realms throughout the marine-life park.

The “One Ocean” narrative will augment the park’s ability to simulate the natural habitats of different species, living harmoniously as they would in the wild. Guests will be encouraged to explore these natural underwater environments via immersive storytelling techniques and the latest cutting-edge technologies, further deepening an appreciation and understanding of ocean life.

Spanning the floor area of 183,000 square meters (m2), across five indoor levels, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi’s design leverages SeaWorld’s more than 55 years of experience in marine research, conservation, and animal welfare. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi further supports Miral’s vision to position Yas Island as one of the top global tourist destinations. Its unique portfolio of attractions and experiences on the island includes many world firsts and record-breaking attractions; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi and CLYMB Abu Dhabi.