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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Ranked #6 of 427 things to do in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai. Located at The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, offering a memorable journey into ocean life. With capacity to hold 10 million litres of water, Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world and it illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor, showcasing one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life. Located just above the aquarium, Underwater Zoo brings visitors up close with penguins, piranhas, crabs, water rats, sea horses, jellyfish and plenty more. A fascinating new addition at Underwater Zoo is King Croc, regarded as nature's rare phenomenon and one of the world's largest reptiles - at over 5 meters long and weighing an imposing 750 kg plus. Underwater Zoo regularly hosts innovative exhibits. One such exhibit, 'UAE's Night Creatures' presents the experience of nightfall in the desert as creatures of the dark.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We were not very impressed with this attraction at all. You can see the aquarium form inside the mall without paying to go inside.The boat ride inside is a complete waste of time. The star attraction inside is the Macaws.Save your money for something worth seeing

2  Thank John William D
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Veronika S, Front Office Manager at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit to The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater zoo.

Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums of its kind in the world at 51m long, x 20m wide, x 11m deep with the capacity to hold 10 million liters of water and special 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system changes the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day to best recreate a normal 24-hour cycle for the aquatic animals. Dubai Aquarium's 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet. The tunnel is 48 meters long and 11 meters under the surface, and treats visitors to an exceptional underwater experience as they come eye-to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other aquatic animals.

The Underwater Zoo, located on Level 2 takes visitors through various aquatic environments and individual aquatic displays. Underwater Zoo offers an interactive approach to educating guests of all ages on the ecology and sustainability of marine life. The journey consists of three ecological zones: Rainforest, Coastline and UAE Night Creatures, where a variety of aquatic animals are featured including Penguins, Crocodiles, Piranhas, Giant Spider Crabs, otters, Water Rats, Sea Horses and Sea Jellies, sea stars amongst others.

You can enjoy watching animals Presentations and feeding (sharks feeding, otters feeding, Penguins feeding, Piranha fish feeding and king croc feeding). You can enjoy multiple activities with affordable price that suits all ages inside Dubai aquarium& Underwater zoo like:
- Shark Encounter - crocodile encounter - otters encounter.
- Glass-Bottom Boat Rides with fish feeding - Behind the Scenes tour and Underwater Observatory.
- Diving and Cage snorkeling.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater is always looking forward to our guest’s satisfaction by adding new species and activates for entertainment and education.

Kindly share your thoughts with us to enhance your and our guests future experience.

Best regards.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The main underwater viewing tunnel was really good and it was great to see the various fish and sharks . My main disappointment was the size of some of the tanks in relation to the size and quantity of fish . There is to really large crocodiles also in a relatively small tank for there size . If your in the mall and want a break from the shopping it’s worth a visit , but your better going to watch the free fountain display outside ( every 30 min) , well worth a watch when dark .

Thank Rob H
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The tunnel is small just few meters and not interesting. just a straight line.
There are different parts of the aquarium you can visit on extra payment.
boating, scuba diving, the tunnel and the fish zoo. But for me it was an OK experience. fortunately my ticket was free so i didn't bother it much.
watch it from the outside only for free.
or if u have kids, they would love it.
Remember: different tickets for different parts.

Thank asad i
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve never seen an aquarium as beautiful. My friends and I had a great experience. If you ever go to the Dubai Mall, this is a must-see!

Thank Football G
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Its not worth those money!
My friends told me before to not go and to just watch everything from out means inside the mall but out of the entrance of the Aquarium and unfortunately they was right. The jungle part is even more stupid and cheap on looks... In my poor country - Poland we have amazing huge Aquarium! This is maybe nice but for children.

Thank Angela900119
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