Visitors to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at The Dubai Mall can now learn more about the awe-inspiring world of aquatic animals with behind the scenes tours and daily animal feeding presentations.

Humboldt Penguins feeding at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.
Humboldt Penguins feeding at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Those who have wondered what it takes to manage the 33,000 aquatic animals in the aquarium can now take the tour and discover various aspects of day-to-day operations including feeding, cleaning and care for the diverse species.

The behind the scenes tour takes guests to the dive platform, food preparation area, laboratory area and quarantine facility. The tour is for a duration of about 15 minutes and is led by specially trained educators. To experience this tour, visitors are to purchase the Platinum Aquarium Package.

Gordon White, General Manager, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, said, “Our guests have consistently expressed a desire to know more about the operations of this amazing facility, so we have responded by developing a behind the scenes tour which provides fascinating insights into the scientific best practices that go into managing one of the world’s most significant aquariums.”

He added, “With the newly developed behind the scenes tours and a greatly expanded range of animal feeding presentations, we now offer a unique overview of the complexities associated with the day-to-day activities at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.”

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, managed by Emaar Retail LLC, has introduced several offers ranging from the Combo Ticket for Aquarium Tunnel and Underwater Zoo access; Platinum Aquarium Package for access to Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo, behind the scenes tour, and Aquarium gift shop voucher; and the Platinum Aquarium Package for access to Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo, Glass-bottom Boat Ride, Fish Feeding, and Aquarium gift shop voucher. Visitors can also enjoy the exciting world of unlimited privileges and benefits at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo with the new Membership Card.

Different aquatic animals and zones are selected for the animal feeding presentations held on the same day allowing visitors to maximize learning on the feeding habits of aquatic animals. Among the aquatic animals selected for the presentations are Humboldt Penguin Rookery, Nutria, Gentoo Penguin, Stringray Bay, Piranhna and Otter exhibit, representing different zones such as Living Ocean, Rainforest and Rocky Shore.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the world, featuring over 33,000 aquatic animals and the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel. New species are regularly added with recent additions being the exquisite Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and Silver tip Sharks.

A 270-degree walk-through tunnel experience, Glass Bottom Boat Rides, Shark Dives, Cage Snorkeling Experience, The Ocean School Programme, feeding presentations and the Aquarist Programme are amongst some of the activities that offer an interactive experience for visitors.

Underwater Zoo, located on Level 2 above the main Aquarium tank, presents the bio-diversity in different ecological zones including Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean. Apart from Humboldt Penguins and Caiman Crocodiles, the animals featured here include Piranhas, Giant Spider Crabs, Water Rats, Sea Jellies and Clown fish.

In addition to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Emaar Retail LLC manages a strong portfolio of exclusive leisure and retail concepts including the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink; Reel Cinemas, the UAE largest megaplex with 22-screens; KidZania, the first of its kind edutainment concept in the entire region; and SEGA Republic, the region’s first and largest SEGA indoor theme park – all in The Dubai Mall. Reel Cinemas has also introduced the first ‘premier’ boutique 6-screen Cineplex at Dubai Marina Mall.