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Underwater tunnel at the Dubai aquarium in Dubai Mall

Every visitor to Dubai is in awe of the incredible artificial attractions that the city has to offer. Every traveler should visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at least once in their lives because it is the largest artificial aquatic ecosystem in the world. Since its development, it has won a number of awards, including the Acrylic Panel title in the Guinness Book of World Records. Flying to the capital of the UAE is a must if you want to see this magnificent building. Here are some things to know before going to the Dubai Aquarium.

Three distinct components of this magnificent building are located on the first, second, and third floors of the opulent shopping center. The main tank is made up of the parts, which is around 51 meters long, 20 meters wide, and 11 meters high. The third section is an underwater zoo, and the second section is curled into a tunnel that is 11 meters high and gives guests a 270-degree view of the aquarium. The walk through the tunnel takes roughly 45 minutes. In terms of space occupied, the mall where it is located was opened in 2008 as the second-largest Mall in the world. The aquarium was created by Peddle Thorp and is currently run by Emaar Entertainment.

One of the world’s largest suspended aquariums, the amazing underwater wonderland contains roughly 10 million gallons of water and countless aquatic creatures. This artificial environment is home to thousands of animals, including the largest population of Sand Tiger Sharks in the world and over 300 sharks and rays from over 140 distinct species.

Basic Ticket Cost: AED 120
Explorer Experience Cost: AED 175
Opening Time: 10:00 am daily

What To Experience In Dubai Aquarium?

Visitors have countless options to explore and firsthand experience the amazing aquatic world at the stunning aquatic landscape. With the ecosystem and its inhabitants, visitors can engage in a variety of daring activities. The amount of fun and adventure depends on how brave, adventurous, and curious a person is. Visitors should be aware that the activities offered here are suitable for families with children.

A rare variety of animals, some of which are exclusive to the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, are present there. More than 30 different species of snakes, as well as creepy anthropods, slithering reptiles, amphibians, colorful chameleons, blood-squirting lizards, geckos, iguanas, scorpions, beetles, spiders, millipedes, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches, can all be seen there. A Burmese python enclosure, a tree snake enclosure, penguins, enormous crabs, piranhas, water rats, and enormous catfish are also present. What else would one anticipate from the world’s largest hanging aquarium?

Feeding The Sharks

The resident sharks in the aquarium are fed daily by divers who plunge into the aquarium tank and attract the predators with buckets of fish. The exercise is not just exhilaratingly dangerous but also a thrilling and exciting frenzy. Visitors here can join the divers for an up-and-close personal experience with the sharks as the feeding takes place centimeters away from the sharks. The visitors are, in this case, caged for safety.

Mysteries Of The Underwater Zoo

This aquatic resource’s imaginations and regions are inaccessible to any discriminating traveler. On the Dubai Mall’s second level, directly over the aquarium tank, is where you’ll find the zoo. With species and mysteries that leave visitors’ jaws gaping, it is yet another gem for those who love to go on adventures. For instance, the strongest reptile on earth, King Croc, may be found here. Its massive weight is 750 kg. The King’s site is simply amazing and magnificent.

UAE Night Creatures

Without a taste of Arabian culture, the tour would never be complete. Visitors can, in fact, see the Arabian Desert at night and the creatures that live there. This contains fruit bats, veiled chameleons, giant caramel spiders, and Arabian toads. Visitors can participate in an educational adventure through the fascinating mysteries of the Arabian desert environment since they are hosted in a 200 meter space.


The most exciting experience is diving into the aquarium tank for an adrenaline rush while experiencing wonder and fear of the sharks and other predators present in the environment. Visitors are given the chance to try various activities including shark diving, cage snorkeling, and scuba diving. Every opportunity is restricted and needs careful observation. Visitors who wish to participate in scuba diving or shark diving must have a PADI certificate as proof of their diving and swimming abilities. Cage snookering is an option for those who lack these capabilities.

Opportunities For Kids Marine Biologists

Being a family-friendly attraction, Dubai Aquarium provides junior (5–15 years old) and senior aquarist programs for children to learn about the marine environment and the imaginations of the aquatic world (8-15years old). The junior aquarists get a more up-close look at professional marine education as they see the sharks being fed, help feed the other creatures in the aquarium, and take a glass-bottom boat ride through the aquarium tunnel. The senior aquarist, on the other hand, gets to do all of the aforementioned plus cage snorkeling. Both opportunities require advanced reservations.

Junior Aquarist Cost: AED 157.50
Senior Aquarist Cost: AED 262.50
Every traveler to the UAE should put seeing the aquarium at the top of their must-see attractions list. The Burj Khalifa is just next to the aquarium, which makes it very accessible and ensures a great experience.