The project, known as the Worlds of Discovery, will include four theme parks – SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove.
It adds to the list of attractions arranged by Nakheel to develop its islands as premier tourist destinations.
BEC President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Atchison announced the deal with Nakheel’s CEO Chris O’Donnell and The Palm Jebel Ali’s Managing Director Marwan Al Qamzi in a ceremony at SeaWorld’s headquarters in Orlando, Florida, yesterday.
The Worlds of Discovery will occupy a section of The Palm Jebel Ali known as “The Crown”, once reclamation is complete.
In addition to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, plans include construction of Discovery Cove similar to a 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.
Nakheel previously formed a joint venture with Kerzner International Limited to develop Atlantis The Palm, which will include a 2,000-room resort and water theme park on The Palm Jumeirah.
The hotel is due to be finished by September this year.
Last year Nakheel signed an exclusive multi-million dollar 15-year deal with Cirque du Soleil to have a permanent venue and exclusive show at The Palm Jumeirah.
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