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  1. Thread: SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

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    Miral and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have launched Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre in the MENA region.

    The 8,602 m2 centre will be a key contributor to marine-life conservation in both the UAE and the wider region by conducting integrated research, rescue, rehabilitation, return and education programmes.

    Attended by Her Excellency Mariam Al Mheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral, and a number of UAE officials and senior representatives from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, the centre’s opening is a commitment to the UAE’s declaration of 2023 as the Year of Sustainability. The centre’s efforts will aim to improve the public’s knowledge and commitment to the conservation of the region’s marine wildlife, habitats, and ecosystems, leveraging the experience and knowledge gained from SeaWorld’s nearly 60 years of marine animal care, rescue, rehabilitation and conservation, to the region.

    His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak said: “We are very proud to begin 2023, the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, with opening the first dedicated marine research and rescue centre in the region, Yas SeaWorld Research & Rescue Abu Dhabi. This is a cornerstone in the emirate’s journey of education and conservation, inspiring the next generation of marine scientists to learn more about Abu Dhabi’s impactful long-term vision of protecting our marine wildlife and their habitats. Together with SeaWorld, we will be pushing the limits of science and conservation to become the foremost knowledge hub for marine scientists, not only in the UAE, but also in the wider region.

    “With this country’s deep ties to the sea, today’s inauguration is the perfect embodiment of the Year of Sustainability’s theme ‘Today for Tomorrow,’ and is our commitment to forging a sustainable future for our future generations.”

    Led by a team of dedicated marine scientists, zoologists and subject matter experts in research, rescue and animal care, the centre will play an important role in research and conservation efforts in the region. The centre’s research team will conduct fundamental and applied studies focusing on the marine ecology of the Arabian Gulf covering topics such as marine biodiversity, ecosystem resilience, sensitive wildlife conservation, critical habitats restoration, fisheries, pollution and wildlife health.

    Scott Ross, Chairman of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Miral in bringing this first-of-its-kind center to the UAE. Today’s inauguration is many years in the making and we are eager to begin our work together to advance the conservation of the region’s amazing and extraordinarily diverse marine life. For nearly 60 years, SeaWorld has maintained its unwavering mission and steadfast commitment in protecting marine animals and their ecosystems and inspires others to act and care for marine life. Extending this legacy here in the UAE is important for global conservation and vital to honouring the history of the sea – of renowned traditional importance in the UAE and wider region.”

    Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Abu Dhabi is the newest SeaWorld research and rescue center, and the first outside of the US. The centre’s inauguration makes it part of a global network and leverages the experience and knowledge gained from SeaWorld’s nearly 60 years of marine animal care, rescue, rehabilitation and conservation to the region. SeaWorld is one of the largest marine animal rescue organisations in the world and its rescue teams are on-call 365 days a year to respond to animals in need. Since 1965, SeaWorld has rescued more than 40,000 animals, and Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Abu Dhabi aims to pioneer a marine animal rescue network supporting animals in need in the UAE as well as the wider region.

    Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue Abu Dhabi’s aims to rescue sick, injured and orphaned marine animals in the Arabian Gulf and to provide life-saving rehabilitation with the goal of returning healthy animals back to their natural habitats. To facilitate this goal, the centre will have a fleet of rescue vehicles that includes two custom-made rescue boats and a state-of-the art veterinary hospital for triage of animals in critical condition. The centre will also have over 25 rescue pools, from large pools for marine mammals to smaller pools for fish, invertebrates and marine reptiles. Two of the larger pools are equipped with lifting floors, which will make access for treatment easier and less disruptive for the animals. An onsite lab at the center is also equipped with advanced rescue and rehabilitation capabilities including the ability to conduct in-house pathology analysis for wildlife.

    The centre will also focus on applied research studies for marine ecosystem restoration with aquaculture-based projects including fish propagation, seagrass cultivation, coral reproduction as well as field projects focusing on critical habitats of Arabian Gulf waters such as seagrass, mangroves, oyster beds and coral reefs. This research will only be made possible through some of the best subject matter researchers and scientists and by utilising the state-of-the-art laboratories and infrastructure of the centre, including three dry laboratories, a wet laboratory, and a 345m3 aquaculture facility which includes live feed culture rooms, brood stock pools and larvae culture pools. The center’s research team will conduct most of these studies by use of its 12.5m research vessel decked with the latest field equipment.

    As part of its commitment to enhancing public knowledge and inspiring the next generation of marine biologists, the centre’s education department will bring together a skilled team of marine scientists and a dedicated team of marine animal rescue experts. Along with a joint SeaWorld Abu Dhabi team of expert educators, the center has a dry classroom and a wet classroom fully equipped for scientific experimental activities in addition to a high-tech auditorium which can seat 180 people. The centre will conduct workshops and lectures, both on its premises and in schools, offering learning and training opportunities for students as well as educators in the areas of marine life science and conservation.
    Sources: https://www.mediaoffice.abudhabi/en/environment/miral-launches-yas-seaworld-research-and-rescu-abudhabi-centre-yas-island/ and https://news.yahoo.com/yas-seaworld-research-rescue-opening-030245769.html and https://twitter.com/AletihadEconomy/status/1623207431168839681/ and https://www.linkedin.com/posts/fouadlamghari_research-marine-activity-7028954451168092160-9xvm/
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    Fantastic walkthrough of almost the entire theme park - I encourage you to watch the full video:










  3. Thread: Hainan Ocean Paradise

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    New photos from Huss Park Attractions of their recently opened Sky Tower:





    The Sky Tower is a huge observation tower with a lifting and rotating circular passenger cabin. Guests sit at the circumference with an outward-facing seat row that delivers a memorable panoramic outside view. The ride needs no seat restraints and features a nice smooth movement, meaning that there are no height or age restrictions for the passengers.

    After reaching the maximum lift height, the cabin runs through at least one complete circle, so that guests can enjoy the full view around them.

    For this project, Huss Park Attractions delivered a typhoon-classified version of its successful Sky Tower. Due to the location of the park, it was important that the 120-metre tall tower is able to safely stand even in cyclones.

    The observation tower's design includes ocean-themed decorative elements, adding an appealing extra element for guests and encouraging photo opportunities. The machine house follows the wave motion of the sea, and turtles decorate the underside of the gondola, which makes the ride fun for spectators watching from below as well.

    For the comfort of riders, the gondola is equipped with air-conditioning and features a double curved window to give wide-ranging views of the beautiful scenery. It is also accessible for guests with disabilities and wheelchair passengers.
  4. Thread: Sun World Sam Son

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    SplashMania at Gamuda Cove in Malaysia officially opened today!

    Pico Play was involved in the theming for this waterpark, including the park's icon which is a large ship on an artificial mountain:










    Sources: https://twitter.com/twt_cyberjaya/status/1622467869039824896 and https://twitter.com/twt_cyberjaya/status/1622508430241169408
  6. Thread: Legoland Shenzhen

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  7. Thread: Blue Planet

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    Part of the masterplan for Raha/Qiddiya Coast includes plans for an aquarium potentially named Raha Oceanarium. I'm not sure if the oceanarium is going to be in any way connected to Blue Planet or not. Notice in the background of the first rendering multiple dome structures and what appears to be waterslides and rockwork - that is Blue Planet so maybe it will at least partially be a waterpark.





    This is a rendering for the Entertainment Core between Blue Planet and Sea Dreams:



    This is a rendering of something called "The Middle". It's likely a residential/resort component that may or may not be connected to Blue Planet:



    Source: https://tmrw.inc/gallery/?project_name=Raha
  8. Thread: Blue Planet

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    This thread is somewhat of a placeholder until more information is released for the second gate at Raha/Qiddiya Coast or whatever Qiddiya's upcoming development is named that's north of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The other gate is potentially named "Sea Dreams": https://www.themeparx.com/sea-dreams/

    Based on posts for Sea Dreams, one masterplan has a label for this project saying what appears to be "Blue Planet (Water Entertainment)". Another masterplan labels this as "Water Entertainment Area" and is categorized as "Theme Park".

    Between this park and Sea Dreams is the "Entertainment Core" for retail and dining.

    Sources of this information come from the Sea Dreams thread: https://www.themeparx.com/sea-dreams/
  9. Thread: The Rig

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  12. Thread: Fairyland Ocean Park

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    Saudi Entertainment Ventures (SEVEN), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has announced the beginning of construction of its entertainment destination in Tabuk at the Municipal Investment Forum (Furas), organised by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MoMRA). With a development value of more than SAR 1 billion, SEVEN’s entertainment destination in Tabuk will transform the entertainment landscape in the region with a wide range of attractions and experiences.

    Designed by world-renowned architects, Gensler, SEVEN’s entertainment destination in Tabuk is set on over 72,500 square metres of built-up area and on a land area of 40,000 square metres. Located on King Faisal Road, the entertainment destination is designed as a village nestled between gardens and recreational spaces, creating an extension of this environment within. The entertainment destination welcomes guests under a coloured glass canopy inspired by local arts and traditions. An innovative hydroponic tower, inspired by, and paying homage to, the agricultural contribution of the city to the Kingdom, creates an iconic attraction in the heart of the entertainment destination.

    During a signing ceremony at the Municipal Investment Forum, SEVEN awarded the development contract to build the entertainment destination to AL BAWANI CO. LTD., a leading Saudi-owned and managed company.

    Abdullah AlDawood, Chairman, SEVEN, said: “We are excited to be bringing our exciting new entertainment experiences to the people of Tabuk. We have appreciated the city’s rich culture and heritage in the development of our entertainment destination, infusing it with Tabuk’s unique features and ensuring that our destination will cater to the needs of all in Tabuk. Our entertainment destination gates will support the local economy, create job opportunities for the city’s people, and enrich the lives of those living in and visiting Tabuk.”

    Fakher AlShawaf, Group CEO, Albawani Holding, said: “We are thrilled to be part of SEVEN’s entertainment project in Tabuk. Our commitment to SEVEN is to deliver world-class entertainment facilities. The entertainment sector is growing rapidly in the Kingdom, and we aspire to support it to become a social and economic catalyst.”

    Visitors will be offered a wide range of exciting attractions including a 4,000 square metre highly immersive family entertainment centre, a second junior family entertainment centre for the little ones, as well as a Discovery Adventures centre; an indoor attraction that provides a unique edutainment experience that integrates Discovery content developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery.

    SEVEN’s entertainment destination in Tabuk will also feature an e-karting experience under Mattel’s Hot Wheels brand for both adults and children to enjoy, a 12-hole indoor adventure golf course integrating the latest technology to tailor individual experiences, a 10-lane futuristic bowling experience and a 10-screen cinema. There will also be a multi-purpose event space hosting a variety of events and a wide variety of local and international retail, food and beverage outlets.
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  20. Thread: Legoland Shanghai

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    Rendering of Legoland Hotel which like Legoland Korea will go over the park's entrance:



    Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/00D2ktIm5JOuYTp77nleBQ
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  25. Thread: Fairyland Ocean Park

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    Another look at the new Deep Ocean Bay exhibit:






    Also I think guests have been able to sometimes enter Dolphin Theatre to see the dolphins but still no shows yet:



    Sources: http://xhslink.com/bhz8Pm and http://xhslink.com/aWB8Pm and http://xhslink.com/ShC8Pm and https://m.weibo.cn/status/4860851519228381
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