SeaWorld has confirmed that a Killer Whale free theme park is in development for Abu Dhabi.

The park will be the first SeaWorld park in history to no have Orcas at the park and the park will also contain a dedicated marine life research, rehabilitation and return centre.

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The park is set to focus on up-close animal experiences alongside big attractions and will include a world class aquarium.

The new location for the park is Yas Island, just a short trek from the airport:


Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld had this to say on the announcement:

We are excited to announce our first international expansion and our partnership with Miral as we design a next generation SeaWorld that engages, educates and inspires, a blueprint brought to life in Abu Dhabi. This new park, combined with a dedicated research, rescue, rehabilitation and return facility focused on marine life care and conservation, continues SeaWorld’s legacy of marine life rescue that spans more than 50 years. This project presents an opportunity for collaboration and greater understanding of how species have adapted to the region’s unique marine environment, and to inspire the next generation of visitors, conservationists and animal care experts.

What are your thoughts on this new SeaWorld park announcement, are you happy to see the park will be without Killer Whales?