SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, the upcoming Marine Life Theme Park that is set to open its doors on May 23rd, 2023, has revealed exciting details about four of its eight immersive realms. These realms include Abu Dhabi Ocean, One Ocean, Rocky Point, and MicroOcean, which aim to tell a part of an inspiring story about the interconnectivity between life on earth and our One Ocean, and the commitment to conserving our planet.
The journey begins at Abu Dhabi Ocean, where guests can enjoy cascading waterfalls, palm trees, desert greenery, Emirati architecture, and regional music. The park's education team will be available to share knowledge with guests about the 30 species of marine life native to the UAE, such as sea snakes, sea turtles, and dugongs. Here, guests can also engage with crustaceans, sharks, and rays in four touch pools. The realm also features two compelling shows at the Al Naham Theater, telling enthralling stories of the rich history and fascinating waters of the Arabian Gulf, and the Abu Dhabi Souk, a traditional marketplace where guests can shop for souvenirs. Guests can dine at Matbakh Ummi, which serves authentic Emirati cuisine, or visit Dallat Al Bahr for an aromatic Arabic coffee, or snack on freshly fried dough pastries from Lugaima.
Next stop is One Ocean, which serves as the park's portal to explore all other realms at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi. Within One Ocean, guests will witness One Epic Ocean, a must-see show that uses immersive multimedia, a fleet of choreographed drones, and spatial audio featuring a 360-degree screen standing at an approximate height of 15 metres and wrapping around the 218-metre perimeter of the One Ocean realm. The show follows a young Emirati woman's adventure with the Arabian Gulf, sparking an epic journey through the Earth's most fascinating ocean environments and swimming side-by-side with species of all sizes, ultimately sharing the park's core message; "we are connected to the ocean, and the ocean connects all of us." The realm also features the Animal Care Centre, a state-of-the-art facility featuring cutting-edge veterinary equipment and technology that provides the highest standard of animal welfare based on best practices and standards set by internationally recognised animal welfare organisations.
After One Ocean, guests can visit Rocky Point, a beautiful hidden cove where seals and sea lions can be seen resting on rocks and swimming around their stunning surroundings. The realm features state-of-the-art technology such as an Advanced Animal Lighting System (AALS) that recreates night/day and seasonal light cycles like those found in the USA's Pacific Northwest. The dynamic habitat is designed to provide an enriching experience for the sea lions and seals, featuring various species of fish and spaces where the animals can play, hide, and rest, providing them with the stimulation and comfort they need to thrive. Guests can also witness the Sea Lion Presentation at the Rocky Point Amphitheatre and indulge in a variety of freshly baked warm pretzels at Pretzel Point, enjoying the sights and sounds of the marvellous habitat.
Lastly, guests can venture into MICROOCEAN, designed specifically for kids to experience the vital role of some of the ocean's smallest inhabitants through engaging and educational interactives, dynamic experiments, and fun play structures such as the Kelp Climb and the Explorer's Sea Base. In this whimsical realm, little ones can experience life as plankton and learn about the ocean's ecosystem.
In addition, guests can enroll in SeaWorld Abu Dhabi's parkwide game, S·E·A Guardian Games, where they can participate in interactive and educational challenges across all realms. Winners are uniquely rewarded for their progress along the way, ultimately becoming S·E·A