Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo information

Location
Dubai , United Arab Emirates
Address
ground fl, Dubai Mall, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
Telephone
+971 4 448 5200
Getting there
Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall
More information
www.thedubaiaquarium.com
Prices
packages Dh100-250
Opening hours
10am-11pm Sun-Wed, to midnight Thu-Sat
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Dubai Mall’s most mesmerising sight is this gargantuan aquarium where thousands of beasties flit and dart amid artificial coral. Sharks and rays are top attractions, but other popular denizens include sumo-sized groupers and massive schools of pelagic fish. You can view quite a lot for free from outside or pay for access to the walk-through tunnel. Tickets also include access to the Underwater Zoo upstairs, whose undisputed star is a 5.1m-long Australian crocodile named King Croc.

The giant reptile is 40 years old and weighs in at an impressive 750kg. He's joined by his female companion (Queen Croc) and a menagerie of rare and unusual critters, including air-breathing African lungfish, cheeky archerfish that catch insects by shooting water, spooky giant spider crabs and otherworldly sea dragons.

Various add-on aquatic experiences, including a shark dive and cage snorkelling, deliver close-ups of many of these animals.