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Dubai to build a near million dollar Dolphinarium in 2007

Dubai Municipality has announced a unique Dhs205 million project, called Dubai Marine World, that will offer both knowledge and entertainment to the city’s residents and visitors.

The project, undertaken in cooperation with the private sector, forms part of the civic body’s initiative to involve private firms in setting up various long-term investment projects in the emirate.

Dubai Marine World, the first project of its kind in the Middle East with total estimated investment cost of up to Dhs.205 million, will include a Dolphinarium, a Fish Farm, a GatorVille, a research and therapy centre and a Coral Reeves Aquarium. This large and ambitious project will be spread over a total area of 19,000 square meters in Creek Park, which is a very attractive location in the heart of Dubai.

The first phase of Dubai Marine World shall be the Dubai Dolphinarium project. This project shall be built over a land of 4900 square meters and with an investment cost of approximately Dhs33 million.

The project is said to offer both U.A.E. residents and visitors from neighboring countries and the rest of the world the chance to enjoy the highly skilled and choreographed performances of dolphins and sea lions. In addition to that, "Dubai Dolphinarium" will have a Marine Mammal Education Center led by a team of Marine Mammal Scientists and dolphin specialists. The center shall offer various lectures and shows introducing both children and adults to the nature and habitat of these amazing intelligent mammals and how we can learn and help preserve the several species of dolphins that exist in the Gulf Waters.

According to the plan, the construction of the first phase of Dubai Marine World, the Dolphinarium will start this summer and will be completed by the end of 2005.

The next two phases of the Dubai Marine World project shall be built over a period of 2 years with the final part opening to the public by the end of 2007.

Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise Haith
Sara-Lise is the former News Editor for She is based in Dubai.