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Everything You Must Know About The World’s Largest Suspended Aquarium – The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

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Situated on the Ground Level of the Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, is the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank is the largest suspended aquarium in the world and the main tank measures 51 metres in length, 20 metres in width and 11 metres in height.

The aquarium was awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award by TripAdvisor in 2012. Among its other accolades, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo won the ‘Images Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Leisure & Entertainment’ at Images RetailME Awards 2012 and is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums for its contribution towards environmental education, wildlife conservation & environmental research.

Dubai Aquarium in a Nutshell

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Marvel at the incredible collection comprising of over 140 species including 300 sharks, rays and the largest collection of Sand Tiger sharks in the world. Walk along the Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environments at the Underwater Zoo and you’ll find yourself face to face with dangerous Piranha, Giant Catfish, playful Otters, a Humbolt Penguin colony and more. Experience the special 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system that changes the ambiance of the tank depending on the time of day.



Sun to Wed - 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Thu to Sat - 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM



Ground & Level 2, The Dubai Mall - Dubai, UAE
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Tickets to Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

All day access.

Price - AED 65

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo + Burj Khalifa

All day access and Burj Khalifa - Levels 124 and 125

Price - AED 190

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Animals at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo population consists of animals from 140 species, with over a thousand aquatic animals in it. There are close to 300 sharks and rays in the aquarium, a population of otters and crocodile as well. The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo also has the largest population of the sand tiger shark in the world.

Located on Level Two, above the aquarium is the Underwater Zoo which has been divided into three ecological Zones - Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean. Spread within these zones are wonderful animal species such as Humbolt Penguins, Otters, Archerfish, Lionfish, Piranha, African Dwarf Crocodiles, Seahorses, the Arapaima, Giant Spider Crabs, Garden Eels, Water Rats, Nautilus and many more amazing animals.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Experiences

Apart from the experiences that are part of the tickets mentioned above, there are numerous experiences that Dubai Aquarium offers. These include anywhere from shark cage dives, shark feeding experiences to scuba diving courses. Check the list out below to discover fascinating aquatic experiences that are held at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

The Dubai Aquarium Tunnel

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Aquarium Tunnel is a 48 metre walk-through tunnel situated within the base of the aquarium. It provides a 270-degree view of the aquarium from 11 metres below the surface of the tank.

Aquarium Tunnel access is part of every ticket purchased to the Aquarium and hence no additional fees is required.


Dubai Aquarium - VRZOO

This fully immersive VR experience will allow you to feel the thrill of getting up close and personal with the world’s most amazing animals. The experience includes hanging out with a family of gorillas in Uganda’s Great Impenetrable Forest, swimming with whale sharks in the Maldives and elephant tracking in the South African savanna.

- AED 30 Standard Experience
- AED 50 Interactive Experience

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter.

Mermaid Experience

1. Meet the Mermaids

Dubai Aquarium - Meet the Mermaids

This is your chance to meet the mythical mermaids in their caves. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a photograph with the magical mermaids as well.

AED 40 per person, including a photo opportunity. (Available only when buying Researcher Experience)

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter.

- Weekdays: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Weekend: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

2. Transform into a Mermaid

Dubai Aquarium - Transform into a Mermaid

Complete with makeup, costumes and hairstyling, you will be transformed into a mermaid in the ultimate aquarium experience. You will also be able to take home a mermaid hair accessory as well as photographs of you as a mermaid.

AED100 per person, including makeover, souvenir hair accessory and photo opportunity. (Available only when buying Researcher Experience)

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter.

- Weekdays: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Weekend: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Aquatic Experience

Shark Scooter

Dubai Aquarium - Shark Scooter

The Shark Scooter is an awesome experience for those willing to dive into the water tank. Similar to a personal miniature submarine, the scooter allows one to comfortably dive below the surface of the aquarium. The scooter experience allows you to come face to face with these amazing aquatic animals. The Shar Scooter is undoubtedly an experience unlike any other.

- AED 400 for the single scooter
- AED 600 for the double scooter
Including entry to the Aquarium and a back-of-house tour.

- 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm

Shark Encounter

Dubai Aquarium - Shark encounter

Get face-to-face with the ocean’s most fascinating predators, the sharks in a safely enclosed diving cage. The professional Dubai Aquarium Shark Feed Divers will lure the sharks toward the enclosure with buckets of fish. Here, you will be inches away from the sharks and be able to witness the feeding frenzy in an interactive and educational experience.

This 30-minute underwater experience will be followed by a facilities tour where you will also be able to witness the feeding of baby sharks.

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter.

Shark Week

Dubai Aquarium - Shark week

With Discovery Channel’s Shark Week exhibit, you will be getting up close and personal with Hammerheads, Devil Rays and other fascinating creatures of the Underwater Zoo. You can view them from the underwater tunnel, or on a panoramic screen.

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter.

Cage Snorkelling

Dubai Aquarium - Cage Snorkelling

Jump into a submerged cage and have a close encounter with sharks and thousands of other aquatic animals at Dubai Aquarium with the Cage Snorkelling Experience. Put on your diving gear and jump into the secure cage in the aquarium. Minimum age: 8 years old.

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter.

Shark Dive

Dubai Aquarium - Shark Dive

Come face to face with one of the ultimate predators on earth, the shark. Dubai Aquarium is home to one of the largest population of sand tiger sharks - 750 pounds of lean muscle and 300 razor sharp teeth. You are not required to be a certified diver to experience the Shark Dive at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Three Shark Dives are held daily, allowing up to four divers in each group and divers must be at least 10 years of age.

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter.

Shark Walker

Dubai Aquarium - Shark Walker

Put on your diving helmets and dive into the 10-million litre tank to enjoy an experience of a lifetime. The experience allows you to come close to sharks, rays and a wide array of fish species at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

between 12.00pm and 3.00pm, 4.30pm and 7.00pm

Note: Tickets are available at the physical ticket booth. Please do check at the ticket counter. Suitable for guests who are 12 years old and above.

Discover Scuba Dive

Dubai Aquarium - Discover Scuba Dive

Become a PADI certified Diver with this 2 day scuba course for beginners (suitable for those 10 years old and above). The diving session will be held at the Aquarium tank.

GoPro Camera

Dubai Aquarium - GoPro Camera

Record your Aquarium experience, be it a Shark Dive, Cage Snorkeling or Shark Walker experience and capture these amazing moments.

Speciality Dives

Dubai Aquarium - Speciality Dives

If you are a PADI certified diver, you can take part in this 3-dive underwater experience that allows you to swim with the sharks and other aquatic animals, learn about their conservation and feed these majestic creatures as well. On completion, you will receive a PADI Certificate Card as well.

Dive 1: Swim freely amongst the sharks, rays and other fishes in the Aquarium.
Dive 2: Learn about shark conservation, identification, underwater photography tips and take photos with a professional underwater camera.
Dive 3: The Shark Feeding dive allows you to interact with these amazing animals during feeding time.

Note: Divers must be at least 10 years of age and dives can be completed on different days or on the same day.

Underwater Zoo Experiences

1. King Croc

Dubai Aquarium -  King Croc

King Croc has soon become the star attraction of the Underwater Zoo. Weighing in at 750 kgs (as much as 14 and a half fully-grown men) and measuring over 5m in length, King Croc is one of the largest reptiles in captivity today. A saltwater crocodile from Australia, King Croc is 40 years old and is expected to grow further as he ages.

2. UAE’s Night Creatures

Dubai Aquarium - UAE's Night Creatures

Check out some of the most fascinating creatures that make up the amazing diversity of Arabian wildlife. The exhibition features animal species that thrive in the desert environment. These include Barn Owls, Giant Camel Spiders, Veiled Chameleons, Frog Eye Geckos, Arabian Toads, Fruit Bats, Scorpions, False Cobras and Hedgehogs.

Glass Boat Experience

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

If you wish to see the animals in the tank from above rather than below, you can go for a boat ride in a glass-bottomed boat. Floating on a glass boat above the 10-million liter tank is a unique experience and presents a wonderful opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of the aquatic animals in the tank.

Getting Dubai Aquarium Tickets

There are several ticketing booths at Dubai Mall where you can get tickets for Dubai Aquarium. These dedicated booths also sell tickets for experiences that can't be bought online. Hence, one should definitely check these booths out to discover other experiences.

There are also online options to get discounted park tickets. Headout, a trusted online marketplace for buying tickets at exclusive prices, regularly offers Dubai Aquariu tickets at 10% -15% off their regular price. You can also purchase discounted tickets to Dubai’s other top attractions and theme parks via Headout.

Deciding Which Ticket to Purchase

With so man things happening at the Aquarium, it may become difficult selecting the perfect package for yourself. The Meet and Greet Area and Underwater Tunnel Access common for all ticket types. The additional benefits for each ticket type has been mentioned below for your convenience.

Dubai Aquarium Ticket Prices

Researcher Experience

Park price
AED 105 / $28.59

Headout price
AED 98 / $26.68

- New Meet & Greet Area
- Aquarium Tunnel
- Underwater Zoo
- Behind the Scenes tour
- Underwater Observatory

Children below 3 years of age are free of charge

Explorer Experience

Park price
AED 126 / $34.40

Headout price
AED 117 / $31.85

- New Meet & Greet Area
- Aquarium Tunnel
- Underwater Zoo
- Submersible Simulator
- Big Screen Theatre
- Aquarium Glass Bottom Boat

Not available for children below 3 years of age and pregnant women.

Shark Encounter

Price: AED 530 / $144.30
- Aquarium Tunnel
- Underwater Zoo
- Shark Encounter tickets
- Diving Gear
- Safety Briefing

Guests should arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time.

VIP Line Buster Experiences

Price: AED 315 / $85.76
Skip the line access to
- Aquarium Tunnel
- Shark Week Exhibit
- Underwater Zoo
- Back of house tour
- Underwater Observatory
- Submersible Simulator
- Glass Bottom Boat
- VRZoo 360


Annual Membership Card

Price: AED 262.5 / $71.47
- 12 months unlimited entry to the Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo and unlimited Glass-Bottom boat rides
- 15% discount on entry for all accompanying family and friends
- 10% discount on Shark Dives
- 25% discount on Cage Snorkeling Experiences
- 20% discount on PADI Courses, dive trips and Al Boom Diving

Dubai Aquarium and Burj Khalifa Offers

Get the best of Dubai with this combo offer that allows you to visit the Dubai Aquarium as well as the neighboring Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

Situated within the same compound, Burj Khalifa, the Fountain Lake and Dubai Mall are all part of the Dubai Downtown complex. These combo experiences allow you to visit all these landmarks of Dubai together. You will not only be able to see the Aquarium, but also visit At The Top, Burj Khalifa's observatory situated on the 124th and 125th floor.

Benefits of Purchasing a Combo Pass

The perks of purchasing a Dubai Aquarium + Burj KhalifaTicket:
– Save up to 15% when you purchase a combo pass.
– Get up to 5% cashback when you purchase with Headout (Cashback is applicable to any other experiences on Headout.)

Dubai Aquarium + Burj Khalifa Combo

Price: AED 190 / $51.73
- Access to the Dubai Aquarium, the tunnel and the underwater zoo.
- Access to At The Top, Burj Khalifa's observatory situated on the 124th and 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Reviews


The Dubai Aquarium is one of the biggest aquariums in the world, holding 10 million liters of water. Home to over 150 species of aquatic animals, it presents a wonderful opportunity to view a select group of the diverse marine life present in this world. From sting rays to reef sharks and lion fishes, there are a huge number of animals on display at Dubai Aquarium.

The Dubai Aquarium also offers additional activities such as shark feeding, cage diving, underwater scooter rides as well as scuba diving courses. The number of experiences on offer here are second to none when compared to other similar attractions, making the Dubai Aquarium an extremely popular attraction.

Located in Dubai Mall, Dubai Aquarium is pretty easy to reach. This location also provides visitors with a large number of choices in term of dining and recreation. Ticket for the Dubai Aquarium aren't expensive either. You can save an additional 10% - 15% when you book your Dubai Aquarium tickets with Headout.

I have been to many aquariums but this is without a doubt one of the best. The wildlife is beautiful and this is a great experience for the young and old. Very enjoyable!

 Travis J, TripAdvisor

The aquarium is in the mall which in itself is pretty impressive - shopping with sharks! The tank is mesmerising - all kinds of fish, including sharks, just swimming around. We treated ourselves to an experience feeding the rays. First we went through the tunnel through the enormous tank and then we visited the zoo. It was really well done and the animals seemed healthy and happy. Lots of accessible information. It wasn't busy when we visited so there was lots of time and space to stare. Hand feeding the rays was brilliant - only two us were doing it - and I will never forget how gentle and graceful they were, even though they made the most peculiar slurping noises! We also had a trip through the tank on a glass bottomed boat. The whole experience was terrific.

Jane M, TripAdvisor

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Facts

  • The Dubai Mall is designed by Peddle Thorp and managed by Emaar Entertainment.
  • In the first five days since the opening of the Dubai Mall, 61,000 tickets were sold for the Dubai Aquarium.
  • The Dubai Aquarium is situated in the Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world by surface area.
  • The Aquarium is home to over 300 shark and rays. Species wise, there are animals belonging to over 150 species.
  • The Dubai Aquarium has the largest sand tiger shark collection in the world.
  • The Aquarium houses the world’s largest acrylic panel. It measures 32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighs 245 tons.

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