Team shortlist18 May 2017 AT 12:07 PM

Killer whales not planned for new Dubai Marine Park

Dubai Holding confirms image is for “illustration purposes only”
Team shortlist18 May 2017 AT 12:07 PM
Marsa Al Arab, Dubai, Marine Park, Orcas
Marsa Al Arab, Dubai, Marine Park, Orcas
Marsa Al Arab, Dubai, Marine Park, Orcas
Marsa Al Arab, Dubai, Marine Park, Orcas

There was speculation that orcas would be one of the attractions at the new $1.7 billion Masra Al Arab, after a video of the mega project was released. However, Dubai Holding has said that the image within the video is for “illustration purposes only.”

The four million sqft project will see two islands developed on both sides of the Burj Al Arab. It will include a Marine Park with a 1,000-seater arena for world-class shows. It’s hoped that this “will provide a rich learning and entertainment experience for the entire family”.

There aren’t any more details of what the Marine Park will contain. Dubai Holding in a statement to Arabian Business said: “The visuals are conceptual and are for representational purposes only.”

In an e-mailed statement, Jason Baker, vice president of international campaigns for PETA, Asia, explained why they are against keeping orcas in captivity: “In captivity, orcas and other marine mammals can only swim in endless circles in tanks that are the equivalent of bathtubs, and they are denied the opportunity to engage in almost any natural behaviour. They are forced to perform meaningless tricks and often torn away from family members. Most die far short of their natural life spans.”

Marsa Al Arab will consist of two islands – one of which will be dedicated to entertainment and tourism, while the other will be an exclusive luxury resort.

As well as introducing over 140 luxury villas that will overlook the Arabian Gulf, the project, which is expected to be complete by 2020, will also feature a number of tourist attractions and boast over 400 f&b and retail outlets.

We can also look forward to a  1,700-seater theatre that will become home to the world-renowned show Cirque du Soleil, and a museum dedicated to the nation’s famed pearl diving past.

The project is expected to be complete by 2020.


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