SeaWorld Abu Dhabi – Here’s What We Know So Far!

by Abu Dhabi Travel Planner Team

Joining the stellar lineup of amusement parks on Yas Island, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is expected to open in early 2023.

UDPATE: SeaWorld Abu Dhabi opened in May 2023 – We’ll be updating this page shortly with our first-hand review of all teh fabulous exhibits at this new Yas Island theme park!

The project by Miral, in partnership with SeaWorld® Parks & Entertainment, commenced in 2016 and has taken the best part of the last six years to come to fruition; here’s what we know so far about this new mega project on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

  • The 2-million-square-foot indoor theme park will be spread over 5 levels and become home to 68,000 marine creatures.
  • The theme park will include six unique “realms”, simulating the natural habitat of different marine species. Guests will explore these underwater environments with immersive storytelling and cutting-edge technology.

Sea World Abu Dhabi will become home to the world’s largest Aquarium

  • In true UAE style, everything is bigger and better. The new marine park on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island will house the largest and most expansive marine aquarium in the world, with 25 million litres of water.
  • The central point of the aquarium will be a 20-metre tall vertical window, “Endless Ocean” set out across multiple levels.

Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center

  • The Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Center will be located adjacent to the aquarium and theme park. In partnership with SeaWorld, it will be the first of its kind in the UAE, dedicate to marine research, rescue and rehabilitation of marine creatures.
  • Research by the center will focus on Gulf indigenous species including the dugongs and sea turtles, while contributing to the regional and global science community.
  • Animals that will appear at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will be cared for by an expert team of zoologists and marine specialists passionate about welfare. All animals will be carefully vetted from approved sources with the highest level of sustainability and animal welfare as number one priority.

What Does SeaWorld Abu Dhabi Cost?

You can buy day tickets just for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi or combine and save with the Yas Island theme parks in Abu Dhabi. Presently (as of October 2023), the online price for the Yas theme parks is:

  • 1 park from AED 345
  • 2 parks from AED 475
  • 3 parks from AED 575
  • 4 parks from AED 675

Note you pay 10% more for buying tickets at the gate; it’s always best to purchase online in advance. Multi-day Yas theme park tickets are valid for 14 days.

Buy Yas Theme Park tickets on Platinumlist

Another option to consider is using the Go City Explorer Pass. This multi-attraction pass includes all 4 of the Yas theme parks, which you could use as part of a 3, 4, 5 or 7-day pass for Dubai and Abu Dhabi attractions.

More Marine Life in Abu Dhabi

Can’t wait for SeaWorld to open in Abu Dhabi to get your marine life fix in the UAE? You may also be interested to learn more at:

More Theme Parks on Yas Island

Yas Island Abu Dhabi is already home to three award-winning theme parks:

You can read our complete guide of things to do on Yas Island here.

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