The partnership between Middle East developer Miral and aquatic entertainment specialist SeaWorld is on schedule to open SeaWorld Abu Dhabi in 2022, Miral said this week.


Miral is building up its own specialist destination resort portfolio and already has Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi to its name, plus Yas Waterworld, Yas Marina and the newly-opened Warner Bros, plus Clymb.

Prior to the opening of SeaWorld the partnership will open the SeaWorld Research, Rescue, Rehabilitation and Return Centre on the Yas Island site.

Progress on the new park’s design is forging ahead, said the company, but the planning of its content has no room for killer whales, it reported. Instead it will "integrate up-close animal experiences, mega attractions, world-class aquarium and all with the latest technology in visitor engagement."

The Abu Dhabi park will be the first SeaWorld outside of the US - there are three, in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.