In Pics: Orbi Dubai is now open

Have fun in Orbi, the first supercharged indoor nature museum in region
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Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, today announced the upcoming launch of Orbi, a supercharged indoor nature experience and a first in the Middle-East. (Image: Instagram/orbi_dubai)
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Collaboratively developed by SEGA Holdings Co., Ltd. and BBC Worldwide, Orbi fuses BBC Earth’s world-leading nature content with SEGA’s cutting edge technology to create a game changing entertainment experience that will plunge visitors into the heart of the natural world through a visceral, multi-sensory edutainment experience. (Image: Majid Al Futtaim‏)
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Featuring a custom built theatre, innovative audio visual technology, and interactive walk-through touchpoints, Orbi’s uniquely immersive offering aims to transform the way people explore the mysteries of nature inviting them to see and hear the planet. (Image: Majid Al Futtaim‏)
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Initially introduced in Yokohama, Japan in 2013 as an experimental visitor attraction, the UAE will be the first market in the world outside of Japan to house Orbi when it is launched by Majid Al Futtaim - Leisure and Entertainment in City Centre Mirdif, later this year. (Image: Majid Al Futtaim‏)
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Damien Latham, Chief Executive Officer, at Majid Al Futtaim – Leisure and Entertainment, said: “Orbi truly represents the next generation of ‘edutainment’. It’s a visceral, awe inspiring and educational entertainment experience brought to life by stunning audio visual content and ground-breaking technology from creative powerhouses SEGA and BBC Worldwide. (Image: Majid Al Futtaim‏)
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“Whether it is through introducing the first indoor ski slope to the Middle East with Ski Dubai, bringing world class interactive entertainment with Magic Planet, we’ve been thoroughly committed to creating great moments, every day. We cannot wait to unveil Orbi later this year and bring our guests closer to nature than ever imagined.” (Image: Majid Al Futtaim‏)
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The BBC has been at the forefront of natural history film making for over 50 years, capturing all forms of life and bringing incredible stories and characters to audiences worldwide. Ground breaking series such as Blue Planet, Planet Earth II, The Hunt, Shark and Life have revealed new insights about our planet in astonishing high definition. (Image: Dubai Tourism‏)
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SEGA is internationally renowned for developing real game changing entertainment concepts using technology innovation. Orbi transcends regular forms of entertainment to deliver an intimacy with nature across a sensational spectrum or different environments. Nowhere else can visitors experience life at the centre of an elephant herd or in the deepest ocean depths in such close proximity. (Image: Dubai Tourism‏)
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Stephen Davies, Managing Director of Live Entertainment for BBC Worldwide said, “Orbi has revolutionised the way we bring natural history to people with this unique and interactive experience. We’re always looking for opportunities to extend audiences’ enjoyment of much-loved content and Orbi uses cutting edge content and technology to do just that. This is a really exciting way of celebrating the natural world and I’m thrilled that we are bringing this to a new audience in Dubai.” (Image: Brand Dubai‏)
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Orbi is scheduled to open in Quarter 2 2017 in City Centre Mirdif, where it will complement other family favourite Majid Al Futtaim – Leisure and Entertainment offerings such as Magic Planet, Little Explorers and iFly. (Image: Orbi Dubai‏)
Thu 11 May 2017 11:42 AM