The 10-zone aquarium measuring over 7,000 sq m is expected to welcome an estimated 1 million visitors per year and will form one of the key anchor features at Al Qana, the waterfront destination in the heart of Abu Dhabi.
It is being developed by Al Barakah International Investment and is set to fully open by the final quarter of 2020, a statement said.
Home to more than 33,000 marine creatures, The National Aquarium will be led by a team of 80 marine experts and specialists. Through themed zones of learning, the journey will highlight the conservation required to protect the planet, it added.
Al Qana, which spans over 2.4km, will also offer waterside eateries, a cinema, marina and a wellness hub and outdoor skatepark. Located on the historic Khor Al Maqta, the waterway bordering the mainland close to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the project will dedicate over 50 per cent of the leasable area to entertainment.
Fouad Mashal, the CEO of Al Barakah International Investment, added: “Al Qana is more than just a dining and entertainment waterfront destination. When we conceptualized the project, our objective was to make a social impact and improve the standard and quality of living in Abu Dhabi.
"We want to bring happiness to our community and encourage social interactions between residents and visitors, and support Abu Dhabi’s vision of becoming one of the most liveable cities in the world by 2021."