Located in Downtown Dubai precisely on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall are the beautiful aquarium and underground zoo, home of over 33,000 marine life occupying the 10 million liters of water within the tank. The unique underwater zoo occupies the level above the tank showing a plethora of underwater life that can be found inhabiting the oceans, rivers, and other water bodies across the planet. The visitors are amazed to witness the astonishing marine live numbering over 30000 and belonging to 146 different species. You can walk through the underwater tunnel and enjoy watching the animals from advantage points. There are educators standing by, ready to answer the queries of the curious visitors about the life and habits of the marine animals.
The aquarium tank measures 51 meters in length is 20 meters wide and is 11 meters in height. This tank is so wide enough to hold a wide variety of wildlife allowing visitors have a good view of them. The aquarium has the highest number of tiger sharks in the world. The 48 meters long tunnel allows visitors to view marine life at an angle of 270°.
Above the aquatic tank lies the underwater zoo home to a wide variety of animal life such as the Humboldt Penguin, African Dwarf Crocodile, Lionfish, Otters, the Giant Spider Crabs as well as the sharp teeth piranha fish, occupying 40 different shelters in the zoo. This zoo is divided into the rainforest, living ocean, and rocky shore showcasing the different species of animals.
Here are some amazing experiences at the aquarium and underwater zoo you can enjoy with Naak services
A PENGUIN ENCOUNTER: the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is home to a total of 16 beautiful Gentoo penguins – 8 male, and 8 female. A visit to the “Penguin Cove” will be part of the Aqua Nursery experiences tickets as a first step until the launch of the “Penguin Encounter” by early August. The all-new immersive encounter allows guests to step inside the Penguin Cove habitat and go face-to-feather with the colony of live Gentoo penguins while learning about their fascinating natural behaviors.
SHARK TRAINER ENCOUNTER: visitors are guided on shark species as well as how the creatures are taken care of at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. This includes education on the shark species as well as how the creatures are taken care of at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. You can get into the tank for a unique “trainer” experience and interact with the sharks.
The amazing KING-CROC ENCOUNTER: this massive 40-year-old creature is originally native to Australia and is a wonder of the animal kingdom, weighing 750kgs and 5 meters in length. The 40 years old crocodile lives with its 80 years old female companion QUEEN-CROC. Spend a beautiful time with the crocs.
The OTTER ENCOUNTER: The Asian small-clawed Otter is Carnivorous in nature, they live in streams, rivers, marshes, and rice patties and feed on crustaceans, snails, fish, and insects. Otters have a huge appetite and can eat up to 20% of their body weight daily. They are intelligent animals and great at using tools such as picking up rocks and using them to break open shellfish.
SPECIALITY DIVES: enjoy diving in the waters of the aquarium and coming face to face with sharks and rays. Have a beautiful experience with sharks during feeding time, take photos from the beauty of the diving cage, and take home memories that will last a lifetime.
Experience the thrill of walking with sharks without, and have a personal time with the 33,000 residents in the 10-million-liter tank wearing an oxygenated helmet that allows you to breathe underwater in the SHARK WALKER CAGE.
What are some tips you need to know before visiting the Aquarium
- Booking online a day in advance is advantageous as the tickets are available at discounted rates
- Pregnant women are not permitted to undertake the adventure activities
- It is necessary to carry drinking water and a camera
- Wearing comfortable clothes that are not loose or flapping is necessary so that the animals do not get excited
Aquarium ticket prices are as follows
VIP Explorer Experience: AED 235
Explorer Experience: AED 145
Dubai Aquarium plus Aqua Nursery: AED 130
King Croc Encounter / Ray Encounter / Otter Encounter: AED 230 each
Caged Shark Encounter: AED 630
Entry to VR Zoo: AED 30 for Animal 360 Experience and Ocean Experience
Annual Pass: AED 400 for adults whereas the children (3-12 years) require passes priced at AED 300.Annual Pass for Family (2 adults+2 children): AED 1100.