SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

  • Client

    Miral Asset Management L.L.C.

  • Region


  • City

    Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Budget

    1.2 Billion

  • Year Completed


  • Size

    2,152,782 sq. ft. 

  • Sector


  • Sub-Sector

    Culture & Recreation

The Story

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi (SWAD) is a world-class first of its kind marine life themed park on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This next generation SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will include the UAE’s first dedicated marine life research, rescue, rehabilitation and return center with world class facilities and resources for the care and conservation of local marine life. The marine life themed park will be the frst SeaWorld developed without orcas and will integrate up close animal experiences, mega attractions, a world class aquarium, bringing the latest technology in visitor engagement. SWAD is a place that celebrates the wild wonders of the natural world. The park setting will transport guests to beautiful, natural ocean environments, both above and below the ocean surface. Due to extreme climate of Abu Dhabi, this will be an indoor experience. Natural places will be rendered using water, sculpture, sound, media and lighting - creating immersive, compelling and transformable environments.

The park will be indoors over five levels: Service Level 01, Service Level 02, Attraction Level 03, Attraction Level 04, Attraction Level 5. The theme park is divided into six major areas, Abu Dhabi Ocean, Polar Ocean, Tropical Ocean, Endless Ocean, Sea of Delight and Blue World. In addition to the main building, there are ancillary building outside the main building. The site is approximately 54 hectares, of which Miral plans to develop approximately two thirds of the area for SWAD at this time. This portion of the site will allow for future expansion of SeaWorld. The remaining one third will be reserved for future development.