The National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, is a first-in-kind immersive entertainment experience that transports you on a digital undersea journey from the South Pacific across the ocean to the west coast of North America.
Now that journey is extending from New York City all the way to the Middle East. In a new partnership with Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, Founder & CEO of KBW Ventures, National Geographic Encounter just announced plans to develop and launch up to 10 new locations for this amazing experience. The first of several locations in Saudi Arabia will be situated in the city of Riyadh starting in 2019.
“When I first visited National Geographic Encounter and saw that the experience brings people around the globe into the natural world of wildlife, I knew that this was the future. We also believe in Encounter’s ‘entertainment with purpose’ ethos, especially with our current work with Future Oceans, an organization whose mission is to protect all marine wildlife,” said Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, Founder and CEO of KBW Ventures.
Through ground-breaking technology, audiences go on a digital “underwater” dive and come face-to-face with life-size photo-real versions of some of the largest and most interesting creatures of the sea, including 7m long sharks, a 16m humpback whale, life-size battling Humboldt squids and more.
The Encounter also includes contributions from National Geographic Explorer and marine biologist David Gruber, who specialises in bioluminescent and bio fluorescent marine animals. Once guests “resurface”, they can learn about their experience, have the opportunity to take an individual pledge to make a difference in ocean conservation, and share it with their social communities and on a live social feed.
In addition, Nat Geo Encounter helps to support the National Geographic Society’s critical works around the globe, including the Pristine Seas Project. By returning a portion of its proceeds to the non-profit work of the Society, National Geographic Partners contributes to the Society’s critical work of exploring, understanding and protecting our ocean through scientific grants and programs. Click for more information