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Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

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Downtown Dubai
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Address: Sheikh Zayed Road | The Dubai Mall, Doha Street Off 1st Interchange, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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+971 4 448 5200
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most captivating...

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.

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Not one of the biggest your can see in the world. Some of the aquariums with big fish are o.k. You are not impressed if your have visited bigger aquariums in the world.

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not one of the biggest your can see in the world. Some of the aquariums with big fish are o.k. You are not impressed if your have visited bigger aquariums in the world.

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Ahmednagar, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I traveled with family to Dubai aquarium with a Explorer tickets. The aquariums and creatures on display and the way they are presented is simply awesome. We could easily spend 3-4 hours in there with not a single dull moment. We were regreting that why we didn't take researcher tickets... Next time for sure....

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is really easy to get to, it's in the middle of the Dubai Mall and signposted clearly. The main tank is huge with a variety of species including sharks, rays, jacks and reef fish. You can view quite a lot from outside if you're in a hurry or on a budget, but you have to pay to get up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It was very nice. VIP tickets and it was a good outing for 3 year old and up any child below will not enjoy it at all. You get to feed the fishes.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are multiple stages to this aquarium and plenty to see and do. But, if you've been to one aquarium, you've been to them all. Plan to spend a few hours. Nothing blew my mind.

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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I would like to revisit with my kids. Kids can thoroughly enjoy this. Last time i went, my son was at home, and i regret it till today. Anyway, better luck next time. The place is good, has wide variety of sealife and is well maintained. The biggest attraction was the huge crocodile they had in there.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The different species are kept under one roof & the whole experience is amazing. The cave with fishes gives an amazing look.

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Doha, Qatar
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely big fish tank visible from the inside of the Dubai mall. the tunnel was not very long nor were any colourfull fish to be seen from within the tunnel. Steps and suchlike to be negotiated inside and not one continuous attraction. Expected it to be very child friendly but was not.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a great opportunity how to entertain for couple of hours inside the nicest mall in the middle of Dubai city. I recommend to buy at least the ticket for 120AED and take a short tour on the boat with glass floor. After the "main" attractions as the tunnel and the boat (heroes can also dive and feed the... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are someone who loves water animals, this is a place for you. We upgraded our tickets and got the full VIP pass. which is worth every penny.

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