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Beneath the Surface
Covering two-thirds of our planet, the oceans are full of spectacular wonders, and what happens beneath their surfaces can be quite a spectacle, but who says you have to brave the depth of the oceans to discover the amazing secrets they hold? While in the UAE, you can take in the sights of the captivating aquatic life on our planet without even getting your feet wet. By planning a trip to one of the aquariums and underwater zoos spread across the county, you will be able to get up close and personal with sharks, rays and other gorgeous sea creatures ranging from colourful fish to sea turtles. We scoured the country to find all the aquariums you can visit.
The Lost Chambers в Atlantis, The Palm
Located with the five-star Atlantis Hotel, The Lost Chambers is a theme aquarium based on the mysterious ruins of Atlantis, lost for thousands of years deep beneath the sea. Here you will be surrounded by 65,000 marine animals as you explore the underwater mazes and tunnels of this lost civilization while encountering sharks, eels, seahorses, and piranhas. There are over 20 remarkable marine life exhibits in this Dubai aquarium including a touch tank and an interactive Aquatheatre show.
Marine Educators invite you on a guided tour of The Lost Chambers Aquarium, scheduled hourly throughout the day. These interactive tours give further insights into the legend of Atlantis, traditions of the Seven Sages and amazing facts about the marine life that inhabits this Dubai aquarium.
Fish Feedings, Ultimate Dive Experience, Ultimate Snorkelling, Aquatheatre and Behind The Scenes Tours are some of the activities that add to the interactive experience for visitors.
Теl: +971 4 426 1040
Located in Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the world, featuring the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel. With a 10-million-litre suspended aquarium tank, an enormous diversity of marine species inhabits the Dubai Aquarium to recreate a fascinating marine environment in near-perfect detail.
The aquarium houses thousands of aquatic animals, comprising over 140 species. Over 400 Sharks and Rays live in this tank, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world, while new species are regularly added to the aquatic animal community, with recent additions being the exquisite Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and Silver tip Sharks.
There are numerous ways for visitors to experience the main Aquarium tank; the simplest of them being a walk-through a long tunnel 11 metres below the surface. Other interactive features include Glass Bottom Boat Rides, Cage Snorkelling Experience, The Ocean School Programme, feeding presentations and the Aquarist Programme.
Теl: +971 4 448 5200
Although this can’t be called an aquarium, it is definitely one of the region’s most loved attractions of marine life. Here you can get up close and personal to graceful bottlenose dolphins and playful seals at the action-packed live shows. This interactive extravaganza showcases these amazing animals' astounding skills. Visitors watch in wonder as the dolphins and seals perform incredible acrobatics, dance, sing, juggle, play ball, jump through hoops and even paint.
Теl: +971 4 336 9773
The Sharjah Aquarium, located in Al Khan locality in Sharjah, covers an area of 6500m2, and consists of two floors equipped with 20 water aquariums, each filled with 1.8 million litres of water. With over 150 species, there is so much to see from the smallest clown fish and delicate seahorses to moray eels, rays, reef sharks and jellyfish. The aquarium features state-of-the-art touchscreens that take you on underwater journey to discover everything from the large ocean creatures to the smaller marine life found in the rock pools, coral reefs, lagoons and mangroves.
Теl: +971 6 528 5288
Dinner with a view
If your eyes have gotten used to looking at the spellbinding undersea life, then why not combine that with the delight of dining in an elegant restaurant? Here are two restaurants in Dubai where you can enjoy a delectable meal while enjoying colourful fish swimming beside your table:
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Теl: +971 4 301 7600
Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Теl: +971 4 426 2626
Where to find?
+971 4 258 37 78
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