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“Good but not great”

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
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$27.50*
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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Ranked #17 of 386 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: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

The best thing about it is that it is located in Dubai Mall in the middle of the desert. If you have extra time in the Dubai mall or with kiddies who are tired of shopping, then I would recommend it.
The underwater zoo is cool, nice variety of fish. It's not that large and can be done in about 30-45mins, maybe more for those who want to take a lot of photos.
The aquarium is large and impressive but I don't know if it's worth the extra admission to go in. You can still get good photos walking by in the mall.
Both the aquarium and underwater zoo were 55AED I believe.

Visited February 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Amazing experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

It's amazing...in a desert, where water is generally scare, they have managed to make an 'underwater zoo' and even keep exotic animals there. Phew!

We were lucky to have got a discount voucher for this place from the fortune pearl hotel we stayed at. When you enter, you first go through a glass enclosure with aquatic animals all around you. Then comes the zoo where there are quite a few arctic creatures and wild flora. there is also a action exclusive for reptiles. And also a restaurant. All around you find Chinese people who first click your photos and then try to get you to buy photo frames with pictures of you in a background of what is found there.

We really enjoyed it.

Visited December 2012
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Bagram, Afghanistan
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“Very Cool!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Beyond that is was not nearly as big as they make it sound this was very cool. You have a lot of options ranging from a quick walk through glass tunnel and the zoo to scuba diving in the tank. Well worth the money and make sure to bring the camera!

Visited February 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Really good attraction with lots to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

Fun and interactive water zoo with creatures I saw for the first time. Nice way to see more than the acquarium and kids would love this.

Visited September 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Over hyped”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

I still don't know what's so different or great about this place. Even my 7 yr old boy didn't enjoy it and thought there are better ones out there. Underwater zoo was still ok. Probably won't suggest anyone to visit here.

Visited December 2012
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