While walking through Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, an aura of blue light will attract all eyes towards it. A fascinating world of underwater species awaits there. Just like the vast, boundless ocean conceals many secrets within itself, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo have many surprises which have to be explored on end.
Apart from being one of the popular attractions in Dubai, there is another less-known fact about the aquarium. It is home to several species which are on the brink of extinction. This idea of conservation gives it a sublime image.
The aquarium can be spotted as you move along the Ground level of Dubai Mall. It is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. The 10-million liter tank homes thousands of aquatic animals of over 140 species. Sharks and Rays are the main attractions of this collection while the aquarium takes pride in having the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world.
The 48-meter aquarium tunnel recreates an open ocean with perfect detail. Stroll through the tunnel to get a 270-degree view of the aquarium 11 meters below the surface of the tank.
The underwater zoo
The underwater zoo opens doors to the world of numerous aquatic animals, and it is divided into three eco zones- the Rocky Shore, Rainforest Area, and Living Ocean. The aquatic animals found here include Otters, Piranhas, Humboldt Penguins, African Dwarf Crocodiles, and Water Rats.
- Rocky Shore
It is the meeting point of land and the sea. This rough environment is specially created for the Humboldt Penguins and Spider Crabs. Meet and greet the Humboldt Penguins, the cute and playful creatures with black bands of feathers on their chest. You cannot stop yourselves from touching them.
- Rainforest Area
It is the home of freshwater animals who live around a river bed. Piranha, Giant Catfish, Water Rats, and Otters reside here.
- Living Ocean
It is similar to the real sea. Sea Dragons, Sea Jellies, and deadly fish will be swimming through the living ocean.
VRZOO- The virtual zoo
VRZOO is yet another wonder at Dubai Mall Aquarium. It enables individuals to see animals of endangered species around the world in virtual reality experience. Get close with these creatures by fully immersing yourself in the journey. It gives a 360-degree view of animals in different countries, including Uganda, South Africa, Maldives, and Egypt. You can also have a glance of underwater habitat.
Dubai is another name for adventure. The city offers many interesting things at indoor places to get respite from summer. So, don’t hesitate to step out in scorching heat. Something exciting is waiting for you at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Dive into the water and peep into marine life.
- Cage snorkeling
Those who cannot make up their minds to swim along with the fish and predators can choose this safe yet delightful activity. Put on snorkeling gear, enter the cage and gaze upon the innumerable aquatic animals. The maximum number of people who can share this experience is 4.
- Shark dive
Yeah, this one is for the real thrill-seekers. Dive into the 10-million liter tank and swim along with the sharks. Both experienced and inexperienced divers can try this adventure. Admire the extensive collection of sand tiger sharks. A diver or instructor will accompany you throughout the activity. Non-professional divers can enjoy it after completing a short course in diving.
- Scuba dive
Dubai aquarium is the best place for newbies to try scuba diving. Dive into the depths of the oceanarium, swim along with the fish and other aquatic animals. You can practice the skills with the instructor in a cage and then move to the huge tank. Know how it feels when we breathe underwater. The animals will move around you at close quarters.
- Glass-bottom boat ride
Get into the boat, and see the colorful fish gliding below your feet. The boat has a glass surface which lets you see the creatures without any hindrance. It is a group activity, and it suits those who wish to have fun with a group. A maximum of 10 people can sail on a boat.
The brave encounters
Dubai aquarium is a world in itself. Once you step into it, you have a plethora of adventures to try. The only thing is that if you dare to do it or not. Have a look at the highlights in the aquarium and pick the one which suits you.
- Shark encounter
While the encounter with sharks can give you chills in real life, try it safely inside the underwater zoo. It is a rare chance to come face-to-face with these infamous predators. See them at a close distance during feeding time. The divers will feed the sharks in front of you, and the creatures will swallow the food in a frenzy.
People with no diving experience can also take part in this activity. It is also an excellent know-how whereby you gain knowledge on how to feed sharks, take care of the young and sick ones. Inexperienced divers can also indulge in this encounter.
The encounter begins with an informative video and briefing by a professional diver. People will have to get into a cage, and the cage will be immersed into the water. Some small fish will make their way into the cage and swim around you. After the 30-minute dive, people are taken for a tour to the back-of-the-house facilities giving insights on shark breeding.
- King Croc encounter
Meet King Croc, the popular animal in Dubai Underwater Zoo. Being one of the largest animals in the world, it weighs around 750 kg. His weight is equal to a 14 and a half adult men. He has a length of five meters. This saltwater crocodile has the highest bite force among all animals. He is over 40 years’ old and will grow even bigger in the next 50 years. King Croc lives in a protected environment to ensure that the scary and powerful reptile has a safe life.
- Ray encounter
It is an excellent chance to hand-feed some Rays. These creatures found in the ocean are gentle and safe to feed. They will come to the surface of the water as you feed them fish. You will find two types of Rays here- Eagle Rays and Cow nose Rays.
Birthday party in the sea
When it is the birthday of your kid, you will be busy thinking of a gift which will make him/her most happy. The best thing about kids is that they are in love with all creatures in this world. So, take these boisterous little ones to Dubai Aquarium on their big day.
The underwater world will be a bliss for curious children. It will be the best party in their life. The underwater party will be a delight for the children as well as adults. Birthday boys and girls will get themed invitation cards, party games, guided tour in the aquarium, decorations, meals, and cakes.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is not just a place to spend time on your holiday. It is an exceptional indoor setting which gives your insight into the incredible marine life. It reminds everyone about the need of protecting the creatures in the world while letting you see an unseen dimension of aquatic life.