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“Not worth the money and a little misleading”

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
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$27.50*
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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Ranked #17 of 389 things to do in Dubai
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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Boise, ID USA
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“Not worth the money and a little misleading”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Somewhere I saw advertisements about this aquarium being the world's largest. It may be the largest single tank aquarium but that is primarily all it is. It is about $25US to walk in a tube under the water and go upstairs to see about 10-15 exhibits of a few fish and penguins. Regarding the few exhibits, I've seen more in local zoos.

Visited September 2012
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Romford, United Kingdom
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“Impressive fishes”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Quite impressive aquarium located in dubai mall, used an entertainer voucher. Got to see the aquarium from below in the tunnel and above on a glass bottom boat

Visited September 2012
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Martinique
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“Amusing, not more....”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Well, the evaluation depends on the approach you have. If you want to evaluate an attraction in a mall, this is quiet nice ("impressive" would be a big word). If you approach this as an aquarium, this is very average compared to the other "real" aquariums you can see in other countries. Let say, when it is very hot in Dubai and you do not know what to do with kids, this is a way to spend 2 or 3 hours (if you go to the rain forest restaurant, just after) and see something different. But if you have already visited other aquariums before, do not expect something special ... but what would you expect in a mall, at least this is to sale, not for the culture :-)

Visited August 2012
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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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“Tickle the tummy of a shark!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Well, not really....because there is how many inches of glass between you and the sharks. I paid for the aquarium tunnel and the zoo was a different ticket, I didn't have time for both. It's clean, the fish look happy enough, I don't really know how to tell if fish are happy because they don't smile, but none were dead, like I've seen in other places.... You can actually pay to scuba dive in the aquarium, that might be an niteresting option for next time.

Visited October 2011
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Cairo, Egypt
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Explore the water world in this Aquarium, it is really breathtaking and amazing. The design of the big pools is really terrific. You have to explore this aquarium, dont miss it.

Visited October 2011
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