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Sea World back on the docket in Abu Dhabi for 2022

Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:43 am

Just got back from the BIG announcement! BEC will be building 4 parks in Dubai with the first phase set to open in 2012.

The entire project will be called Worlds of Discovery, and will consist of Sea World, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica. They are being constructed on one of the man made Palm islands. When the entire project is complete, it will resemble a giant killer whale. (See pics below!)

There were not a lot of details about the parks and what attractions would be in each one, but it looks all very exciting.

The official press release can be found here:
WORLDS OF DISCOVERY PLANNED FOR NAKHEEL’S THE PALM JEBEL ALI IN DUBAI

Busch Entertainment Corporation and Nakheel sign Memorandum of Understanding to develop four theme parks in the United Arab Emirates

Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2008) – Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), the family entertainment division of Anheuser-Busch Cos., today announced an agreement with Nakheel PJSC, one of the world’s largest property developers, to create the Worlds of Discovery – SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove – on The Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai.

Worlds of Discovery will occupy a section of The Palm Jebel Ali known as “the Crown,” which will resemble a giant killer whale when reclamation work is complete. Nakheel’s plans for The Palm Jebel Ali, currently the world’s largest man-made island, also call for the development of commercial, residential and shopping districts, as well as resort hotels and restaurants.

The Worlds of Discovery project will be phased and includes SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove and, the company’s newest theme park brand, Aquatica. Worlds of Discovery on The Palm Jebel Ali will also include a variety of other family activities, including resort hotels, spas, shops and restaurants.

In addition to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, plans call for the construction of a Discovery Cove similar to the park adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando in Central Florida. Discovery Cove in Orlando is an all-inclusive, reservations only park that features a variety of animal interactions and resort experiences, most notably swimming with bottlenose dolphins, rays and exotic fish. The first Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark, opened this week in Orlando.

Preliminary design work and site planning is underway, with the first phase expected to open in 2012.


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On to the pictures from today's event!
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It's COLD here in Orlando, but I have my TPR shirt and I am ready to roll!
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Yup, that's my car.
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Hmm....I may need to get a new one soon with that mileage!
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Yeah for GPS!
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Almost there....
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Had to get a pic of the Shamu bug.
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A couple of the local news stations were there too.
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My escort Melissa who showed me to my seat in the Shamu stadium. Thanks!
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They had the huge BELIEVE screens up and running for the big annoucement.
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That's right. Media.
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Shamu and friend came out to get our attention!
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Several speakers from BEC were on hand.
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More speeches
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Nakheel is the property developer who is building the complex. They also included information about the company in the press packet.
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More speeches. I didn't want to put the wrong name with the wrong picture. The four speakers were Jim Atchinson and joe Couceiro from BEC, Chris O'Donnell from Nakheel, and Marwan Al Qamzi, Managing Director of The Palm Jebel Ali.
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Mr. Marwan Al Qamzi
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The resort! This pic was taken of the big screens. The next one is from the press packet.
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At the end, the three men came out for the finale.
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The logos
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Daytime fireworks
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Thanks Shamu!
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Free food? Sign me up!
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Delicious!
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Desserts fit for an ACEr!
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On the way out, they had lots of animals for photo ops! This was was so cute!
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Just hanging around...
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Hmm..a relation to Yeti ball? Meet Armadillo ball!
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Polly was about to bite my nose off!
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Me and some more animals
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Another furry friend
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LOVE this pic!
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This little otter did not want to stand still for his picture!
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Crowning Whale of Dubai - (Feb. 28, 2008) - Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), the family entertainment division of Anheuser-Busch Cos., today announced an agreement with Nakheel PJSC, one of the world’s largest property developers, to build the Worlds of Discovery – SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove – on The Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai. Worlds of Discovery will occupy a section of The Palm Jebel Ali known as “the Crown,” which will resemble a giant killer whale.
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Worlds of Discovery Whale-Shaped Island in Dubai – (Feb. 28, 2008) – Worlds of Discovery - SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Discovery Cove and Aquatica - will soon have a home on a whale-shaped island located on “the Crown” of The Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai. The announcement was made today by Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), the family entertainment division of Anheuser-Busch Cos. and Nakheel PJSC one of the world’s largest property developers.
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Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:45 am

Some more pics from the Nakheel press packet. Like I said, there were not a lot of details provided about the BEC parks, but the whole project is immense.
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You can get a sense of the scope of this project from this picture.
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The top of the palm is where Worlds of Discovery is going to be built.
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Amazing
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Another pic of the area where Worlds of Discovery will be constructed.
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Hmm....wonder if Kumba or Griffon will make it to the UAE?
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Sea World Abu Dhabi back on the docket for 2022

Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:52 am

Of course they didn't answer the real question: will these parks have free beer?

Signs point to no. :cry:

Nevertheless, a new Busch park is always a good thing.
Last edited by larrygator on Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:59 pm.

Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:58 am

4 parks= yippee!

However, I'm having trouble getting over the irony of building a man made island, then putting sea creatures in tanks on that island in the ocean.

Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:24 am

Great Photo TR! Garmins are awesome, I have one too!

Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:24 am

I wonder what the theme for the Busch Gardens park will be.

Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:47 am

Very nice work, John.

I'm trying really hard to be excited about this announcement, but until we hear the details about the BG park, it's all really "meh" to me. Sure, it's a bold move for BEC, and I'm sure it'll probably turn out well for 'em, but right now it just seems very "copy and paste." I hope I'm proven wrong, but I just see it as a third of what makes Central Florida unique and awesome will now also reside together in Dubai on a goofy looking man-made whale-shaped island. Yippie.

Time will tell, I guess.

Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:48 am

Top Thrill Dragster wrote:I wonder what the theme for the Busch Gardens park will be.


Dubai?

Very nice work here. I love the pictures. I'm not too excited about the opening of this, but it is great for the company I'm sure!

Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:06 pm

Thanks for covering this for us John! I love all the pics of you with the animals! And you drive an Echo!?! Robb is so proud!

I am really excited about this project. I just hope to get a better timeline at some point. When does Dubai run out of oil again? Maybe I should just wait for that year! It seems like amazing stuff is getting announced every day, yet nothing is actually done!

TPR Middle East Trip WILL happen! (unless the World ends in 2012 as being discussed on the Random board)

Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:15 pm

Hopefully Dubai can actually sustain this park. It's growing faster than people are coming in.
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