Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is a must-visit if you are holidaying in Dubai. Especially, if you are travelling with kids.
The Aquarium consists of a massive tank measuring 51 metres (161 feet) long, 20 metres (66 feet) deep and 11 (36 feet) metres high and can hold 10 Million litres of water.
Where is Dubai Aquarium?
The Dubai Aquarium is located within the Dubai Mall.
The entrance to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is located on the ground floor of the Mall.
It is spread over two floors – ground level and level 2.
The Ground floor has the Aquarium, while Level 2 has the Underwater Zoo.
Dubai Aquarium’s address
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Mall,
Off 1st Interchange – Sheikh Zayed Road,
How to reach Dubai Aquarium?
There are many ways to get to the Dubai Aquarium.
By Dubai Metro
Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Station is the nearest Metro station to Dubai Mall.
Once you get down at the station, you can take one of the feeder buses or walk to the Mall using the Metro Link Bridge.
Metro Link Bridge is a glass tunnel travellator link between Burj Khalifa/The Dubai Mall Station and The Dubai Mall and is entirely temperature controlled.
The bus will drop you in front of the lower ground floor of The Dubai Mall.
Thereafter, you take a lift to go to the ground floor, and reach the Dubai Aquarium.
By private transport
If you are driving to the Dubai Aquarium, just fire up your Google Map and follow the directions.
Parking is easy because Dubai Mall has around 14,000 covered parking spaces.
Dubai Aquarium timings
From Sunday to Wednesday, Dubai Aquarium opens at 10 am and closes at 10 pm.
From Thursday to Saturday, which is the weekend in Middle East, Dubai Aquarium opens at 10 am and closes at midnight.
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
How long does Dubai Aquarium take?
On an average families with kids spend around two and a half hours at the Dubai Aquarium.
Here is an approximate break up –
Aquarium Tunnel: 15 to 30 minutes
Underwater Zoo: 45 to 90 minutes
Glass Boat Ride: 15 to 20 minutes
If you also visit ongoing shows and presentations, your Dubai Aquarium tour will get extended further.
There is no time limit on a Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo ticket.
Once inside, you can stay for as long as you want.
Dubai Aquarium tickets
There are two kinds of Dubai Aquarium tickets – the basic tickets and the Explorer tickets.
These tickets are smartphone tickets. That is, the moment you make the purchase the Dubai Aquarium tickets will get emailed to you.
On the day of your visit, you just show the tickets in your inbox on your smartphone and walk into the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
Yes, there is no need to take printouts!
The Aquarium tickets can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
1. ‘Basic’ Dubai Aquarium ticket
This is the most popular Dubai Aquarium ticket and gives you access to the Aquarium and the Underwater Zoo for one full day.
This ticket also gives access to ‘Study the Sea Jelly Lab’ and the area where scientists re-create environmental changes to encourage breeding.
Everybody above three plus years pays the ticket price of 175 AED (47 USD).
Children below 3 years of age get free entry.
2. Dubai Aquarium ‘Explorer’ ticket
If you are travelling with kids and have lots of time on your hands, we recommend you purchase the Dubai Aquarium ‘Explorer’ ticket.
This ticket gives you access to the following activities in Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo:
– Aquarium Tunnel
– Underwater Zoo
– Discovery Channel Shark Week exhibit
– Submersible Simulator
– Glass-bottom boat tour
– Back of the House tour
– Underwater Observatory (VRZOO)
Everybody above three plus years pays the ticket price of 230 AED (62 USD).
Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium ticket combo
Burj Khalifa is the world’s highest building and has three of the world’s highest observatories.
Since Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium are close by, tourists tend to visit both of them on the same day.
The Metro Link Bridge, which connects both Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Aquarium makes it very easy to move from one attraction to the other.
This air-conditioned glass tunnel travellator link also offers fantastic views of the city of Dubai.
This is why the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Aquarium ticket combination is quite popular with visitors.
This combo ticket allows one entry to both the attractions on a single day.
Like all combo tickets, it also helps you reduce your costs by 15 to 20%.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 240 AED (65 USD)
Child ticket (4 to 11 years): 195 AED (53 USD)
Animals at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Aquarium showcases around 140 species of marine animals.
It has around a thousand aquatic animals in it, from 300 sharks and rays to a large population of otters and crocodiles.
The Dubai Aquarium also has the largest population of the Sand Tiger sharks in the World.
On level 2 of The Dubai Mall Aquarium, you get to see aquatic beings such as Humbolt Penguins, Otters, Archerfish, Lionfish, Piranha, African Dwarf Crocodiles, Seahorses, the Arapaima, Giant Spider Crabs, Garden Eels, Water Rats and Nautilus.
Dubai Mall Aquarium vs Lost Chambers Atlantis
Did you know that Dubai has one more fantastic marine experience called Lost Chambers Aquarium? It is also referred to as Lost Chambers Atlantis.
What is Lost Chambers Atlantis?
The Lost Chambers Atlantis is make-believe, mysterious ruins of an island lost for thousands of years under the sea.
It has been built at Atlantis, the Palm hotel complex on the artificial archipelago of Palm Jumeirah.
At Lost Chambers Atlantis you experience 65,000 marine animals, as you find your way through the underwater mazes and tunnels of this lost city.
You also can also explore 20 remarkable marine life exhibits, a touch tank and a fantastic interactive Aqua-theatre show.
Lost Chambers Atlantis or Dubai Aquarium?
Tourists often get confused between the two and wonder which ticket they should buy – the Aquarium at the Dubai Mall or the Lost Chambers Aquarium at The Palms.
If you have the time and money is not a concern, we recommend you try out both the experiences.
If you have to choose between the two –
We think that if you’re going out on holiday with your family and kids, then Dubai Mall Aquarium is best for you.
Kids are more likely to enjoy the underwater boat rides, the shark feeding, and the aquarium tunnel.
If you want a guided tour and would want to explore and discover the aquatic life of the varied marine species, you should head to the Lost Chambers Aquarium.
If you have kids older than 15 years, they are more likely to enjoy Lost Chambers Atlantis because it brings out the inner-adventurer in them.
Lost Chambers Aquarium tickets
These tickets give you access the Lost Chambers Aquarium and the Ambassador Lagoon.
You can also enjoy the interactive aqua theatre shows, guided tours, marine life touch tank, daily feeding shows etc.
Adult ticket (12+ years): 110 AED (30 USD)
Child ticket (3 to 11 years): 85 AED (23 USD)
If you prefer some water adventure as well, try out this Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Aquarium Ticket