Dubai is the city of awe-inspiring man-made wonders and a success story of one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world that literally rose from the golden desert sands. Everything about Dubai dazzles inspires and entices those who come to its shores seeking a memorable and exciting holiday. From heading out on a desert safari to gazing at the awesome views from Burj Khalifa, trotting through the swankiest malls and getting a taste of world-class luxury, the city never disappoints. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one such fascinating attraction that will leave you spellbound with its many delights. Let’s explore this captivating marine world and its many thrills and fill you in with all the important information on Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
About Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Dubai mall underwater zoo and aquarium gives one more reason to visit this spectacular world of luxury brands and high fashion. One of the best places to visit with kids, the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo has three main sections that offer unlimited marine exploration through unique experiences.
1. Aquarium Tank
Home to 140 species of thousands of interesting aquatic animals, the fantastic tank is amongst the largest suspended aquarium tanks in the world. This fascinating world in inhabited by sharks, rays and myriad other vibrant marine creatures that will make the kids squeal in delight. The tank also boasts of the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world.
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2. Aquarium Tunnel
The 48-metre long walk-through tunnel at the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo at Dubai mall is an interesting way to be a part of the exciting world of marine life and capture them through your camera lens.
3. Underwater Zoo
Located on level two above the aquarium tank, this underwater zoo allows you to discover the amazing range of aquatic animals through 40 different display tanks. Comprising three different ecosystems – Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean – here is your chance to spot fascinating creatures like the Humboldt Penguin, Piranha, African Dwarf Crocodile, Giant Spider Crabs, Otters, Lionfish and so many more.
Things To Do In Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The breathtaking Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates allows you to get up, close and personal with thousands of amazing aquatic animals through a range of experiences depending upon your spirit and level of adventure. Here are some of the best aquatic experiences that let you explore this beautiful world:
1. Shark Feeding Encounter
Get up close and personal with these fascinating predators as you experience fear, excitement and thrill at the prospects of such a close encounter with the sharks. Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo offers the unique shark feeding encounter where you can watch the feeding frenzy as the divers attract the sharks with buckets of fish. From the safety of your cage you get to witness the sharks from a distance of a few centimetres. The exhilarating 30-minute under water adventure is followed by a glimpse into the shark feeding programme at the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo in Dubai.
2. Shark Dives
Those seeking greater adrenaline rushes can choose the shark dive experience by plunging into the depths of the 10-million litre tank for a rendezvous with the sand tiger sharks at the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo.
3. Cage Snorkelling
Just put on your snorkelling gear and get ready for a crazy dip into the vibrant marine world of Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo’s huge tank with its myriad colourful species and hundreds of sharks and rays. You can gaze in wonder at the beautiful underwater world come alive from the safety of you cage.
4. Scuba Diving
This is the perfect place to make your diving dream a reality with a professional 2-day PADI certification course. The flexible scuba diving course for beginners under the guidance of expert divers is a great opportunity for fulfilling your dream of being a professional scuba diver.
5. Wonders at the Underwater Zoo
Meet the King Croc – It is undoubtedly the experience of a lifetime when you meet the most powerful reptile in the world weighing a whopping 750Kgs! Awe, fear, thrill are the many emotions that run through you watch the majestic creature in its controlled habitat!
UAE’s Night Creatures – This is another amazing and educational journey through the world of exotic and wonderful wildlife of the Arabian Desert. Unravel the mysteries of the desert environment in the dedicated 200 square metre space housing Giant Camel Spiders, Arabian Toads, Fruit Bats, Veiled chameleons and many more.
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6. VRZOO Experience
Here’s your chance to immerse in the wild and exciting world of some of the most amazing animals in the world through the innovative and thrilling VRZOO experience at the ground floor of Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo. From entering the habitat of gorillas in Uganda to a tryst with whale sharks at Maldives and elephants in the South African savannahs, VRZOO takes you on a spectacular journey without having to move a muscle! The exclusive Ocean Experience is equally rewarding and loads of fun.
Opportunities For The Marine Biologists In Making
One of the most engaging experiences for kids at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a chance to peek into the fascinating world of aquarists through two interesting packages for junior and senior children.
- Junior Aquarist (5-15 year olds): This programme allow children to experience the life of a professional aquarist from close quarters- they get to see the shark feeding, help out in feeding other aquatic animals and also ride on a glass-bottom boat.Price: AED 157.50/child. Advance booking is required.
- Senior Aquarists (8-15 year olds): This programme for slightly older children also includes cage snorkelling in addition to the above exciting activities for junior aquarists. Both these programmes are wonderful to enhance your child’s understanding of this mysterious and amazing world and a must-do when visiting the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo.Price: AED 262.50/child. Advance booking is required.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Location
Right within the city’s glitziest shopping mall, this amazing experience awaits you and your kids. The aquarium tank is at ground level and the underwater zoo at level 2.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Timings
Daily, 10AM-2PM. The counter closes at 1 PM. The timings for junior and senior aquarist adventure programmes are from 2-5PM and 1-5PM respectively, between Sunday and Thursday.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Ticket Price
The basic ticket (AED 120/person) includes the Aquarium Tunnel and Underwater Zoo experience. If you want to opt for the Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo explorer experience, the price would be AED 175. Other premium options that allow you to explore all the delights include the VIP Experience and Encounter VIP Experience tickets.
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