Dubai: The Dh33 million Dubai Dolphinarium officially opened in Creekside Park on Wednesday.
The centre houses three trained bottle-nose dolphins and four seals, which perform tricks and 'dances' for an audience capacity of 1,250.
The two-year project has been established by Dubai Government and Dubai Municipality, and is run by Sea Magic Recreational Services.
It offers educational programmes for children and a variety of therapy programmes for children with special needs.
Ahmed Abdul Karim, Director of Public Parks and Horticulture Department, Dubai Municipality, said, "Dubai Dolphinarium is… offering the broad public a variety of entertainment, educational and therapeutic programmes. The project is very special and represents a real added value to the society, because it offers a variety of activities that address and cover many important aspects such as education, entertainment, therapy and research. Thus it represents an appealing diversification for both residents and tourists from all round the world."
Christopher Richardson, General Manager, Dubai Dolphinarium, said at the launch, "There is a focus on education and awareness programmes for the children, who can take this opportunity. We can gain their attention while they're appreciating these wonderful animals. They'll be able to see their environment and be introduced to conservation and the lives of these mammals."
Dubai Dolphinarium is the first of five concepts in Dubai Marine World, which also includes Dubai Oceanarium, Marine Science Institute, Gatorville and Fish Farm of the Future.
The Dolphinarium opens to the public at 6pm on Wednesday and will be open Monday-Saturday. Shows will take place at 10am, 6pm and 9pm. Tickets cost from Dh20-200 depending on ages and group numbers.