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.
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.
On to the pictures from today's event!
It's COLD here in Orlando, but I have my TPR shirt and I am ready to roll!
Yup, that's my car.
Hmm....I may need to get a new one soon with that mileage!
Yeah for GPS!
Had to get a pic of the Shamu bug.
A couple of the local news stations were there too.
My escort Melissa who showed me to my seat in the Shamu stadium. Thanks!
They had the huge BELIEVE screens up and running for the big annoucement.
That's right. Media.
Shamu and friend came out to get our attention!
Several speakers from BEC were on hand.
Nakheel is the property developer who is building the complex. They also included information about the company in the press packet.
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.
Mr. Marwan Al Qamzi
The resort! This pic was taken of the big screens. The next one is from the press packet.
At the end, the three men came out for the finale.
Free food? Sign me up!
Desserts fit for an ACEr!
On the way out, they had lots of animals for photo ops! This was was so cute!
Just hanging around...
Hmm..a relation to Yeti ball? Meet Armadillo ball!
Polly was about to bite my nose off!
Me and some more animals
Another furry friend
LOVE this pic!
This little otter did not want to stand still for his picture!
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.
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.
Last edited by larrygator on Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:50 pm.
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.
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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)
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