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Visit the incredible Dubai Aquarium, a huge suspended tank in the middle of the Dubai Mall. Guests can walk through a tunnel under the aquarium before getting to explore exhibits featuring other species of fish, plus reptiles, birds, and mammals. For a more unique experience, take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, book an experience to meet the animals, or take the plunge and learn to dive surrounded by sharks. Book tickets in advance to save time and money, or combine your trip with a visit to the awe-inspiring Burj Khalifa.
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4 Tips for Visiting the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

King Croc at the Dubai Aquarium
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Don’t Miss DinnertimeWatch the feedings throughout the day - make sure to be there when King Croc eats lunch, he has a bite force of 1700lb PSI, which is one of the most powerful bites in the world! Sharks and rays are also fed by divers who enter the aquarium, which is also pretty cool to watch.
Dubai Aquarium | Photo: Flickr, Matt Lowe - CC BY 2.0
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Go Early or LateThe aquarium is pretty busy every day of the week, but it’s less busy first thing in the morning and later in the evening if you want to avoid the crowds. The aquarium tends to be at its busiest between 5 and 6 pm.
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See Part of the Aquarium for FreeYou can see part of the tank from inside the Dubai Mall without buying tickets, but you won’t see all the fish, or get access to the zoo which has land-based and amphibious creatures.
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Try Virtual RealityIf you’re interested in seeing animals in their natural habitats but you don’t want to leave Dubai to do it, then why not visit the VR Zoo? The VR Zoo experience can be added to any package for AED 30, and you can choose between the Animal 360 Experience or the Ocean Experience.
Sharks and Rays

Dubai Aquarium: More than Just a Mall Feature

The Dubai Aquarium is one of the world’s largest suspended aquariums, holding over 2.6 million gallons (10 million liters) of water. It’s 36 feet (11 meters) deep and 167 feet long, and guests visit it by walking through a tunnel. The main tank holds more than 33,000 creatures from over 140 species, and then there are even more animals to see in the zoo section of the attraction! You can see different species of sharks and rays, plus clownfish, batfish, giant catfish, guitarfish, unicornfish, and many more. There’s also a small zoo with a combination of land and amphibious creatures and a special exhibit for the nocturnal animals of the United Arab Emirates. While shoppers can see into the tunnel from the outside for free, any animal-lover will find it an attraction worth visiting.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a basic ticket for the Dubai Aquarium include?

Basic tickets include access to the aquarium tunnel, the underwater zoo, the underwater observatory, and the behind-the-scenes tour that explains how the aquarium is kept clean and shows you the nursery where fish are cared for before being released into the larger tanks. The Explorer Experience also includes a ride in a glass-bottom boat and access to a submersible simulator. The VIP Explorer Experience includes all of the above plus the chance to skip the line and a guidebook and map that you can keep as a souvenir. Annual passes are available for individuals and families and include unlimited entry to the aquarium and discounts on aquarium experiences. Read more.

Are there combo tickets available?

There’s a combo-ticket available for the Dubai Aquarium and the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa, which is great value for money. Both attractions are either inside the Dubai Mall or a short walk away from it, so the combination makes for an excellent day trip. If you’re not too keen on heights then there are plenty of other attractions inside the Dubai Mall to keep you entertained, including an ice rink, the Dubai Fountain, and KidZania. Read more.

How long should I plan for my visit?

You should plan to spend about an hour or two at the aquarium - it takes about 15 to 30 minutes to walk through the tunnel, then 45 to 90 minutes for the rest of the exhibits depending on how interested you are in all the animals. Read more.

How long is the tunnel?

The tunnel is 157 feet (48 meters) long, slightly shorter than the tank as a whole. While walking through the tunnel you’ll get a 270-degree view of the inside of the tank from 36 feet underwater). Read more.

Who is King Croc?

King Croc is one of the Aquarium & Underwater Zoo’s major stars! He’s a 40-year-old saltwater crocodile from Queensland, Australia, and is one of the largest reptiles in captivity. Back home in Oz he had a reputation as a “problem crocodile”, who was aggressive towards humans and other male crocodiles, but the Dubai Aquarium have given him his own space to call his own. He’s over 16.4 feet (5 meters) long, weighs 118 stones (750kgs - about as much as 14 grown men), and could grow even bigger over the next 50 years! He lives with his partner of over 20 years, known as Queen Croc, and you can visit them both on the 2nd floor of the aquarium’s zoo. Read more.

Um... how thick is the glass between visitors and King Croc?

The acrylic glass covering the enclosure is 50mm (or about 2 inches) thick - it’s totally safe for the crocodiles, staff, and public. Read more.

There are glass-bottomed boats??

There are! You can ride on top of the aquarium in a glass-bottomed boat to get another view of the fish below. Boat rides take 15 to 20 minutes and are not recommended for pregnant visitors. Some ticket packages include the glass-bottomed boat experience, or you can choose it as an add-on once you arrive at the aquarium. Read more.

Does the Dubai Aquarium offer animal encounters?

Yes. The tamest is probably the otter encounter, where you’ll meet an adorable otter, plus you get a behind-the-scenes tour. The ray encounter allows you to help feed the rays while dressed in waders. The King Croc encounter includes a special tour by King Croc’s habitat and you’ll get to feed some birds too. Finally, there are the shark encounters: one where you’ll accompany the shark trainers on their tasks, and one where you’re submerged in a cage during shark feeding. All encounters include a safety briefing and a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium. Read more.

Can I take photographs?

Yes, photography is allowed throughout the aquarium. Some exhibits ask you not to use flash so as not to harm or alarm the animals, but these are clearly marked. Read more.

General Information

Opening Hours:

Opening hours may vary depending on the season but in general Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is open from 10 am to midnight, with final entry at 11.30 pm.

Address:

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Mall
Doha Street
Off 1st Interchange - Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, U.A.E

Tickets:

Basic tickets for the Dubai Aquarium include access to the tunnel, the underwater zoo, and a behind the scenes tour. These tickets cost AED 210 on the day, and children under the age of 3 can enter free of charge. Tickets for Dubai Residents cost AED 120. The Explorer Experience costs AED 230, and tickets including an animal encounter cost upwards of AED 310.

How to get there:

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. The Dubai Mall is easy to reach via public transport, simply take the red line to Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Station. Alternatively, you can use bus numbers 27 or 29, and several hotels also arrange their own shuttles to the mall. A car park is available with over 14,000 spaces under cover.
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