8 Best Aquariums and Aquatic Attractions in Dubai

Dubai has some of the largest aquariums in the world! These are often featured in unique locations or with stunning designs. You have an opportunity to see as much as 65,000 fish, 100s of species, ability to swim with (harmless) sharks and rays, and much more.

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1. Dubai Dolphinarium – Most Exciting Aquatic Life Attraction in Dubai (Tie)


This is Dubai’s closest equivalent of Orlando, Florida’s Sea World, and it’s definitely a lot of fun! Visitors get to spectate dolphins and seals dance, juggle, and jump through hoops; this is essentially a circus comprised of sea life participants. For an extra charge, you can swim with the performing animals! Also Try: Essential Things to See & Do in Dubai (Do NOT Miss Out!)

Cost: AED 100 – 120 for adults; AED 55 – 70 for kids; swimming with dolphins costs AED 550 (age 5+ to swim with dolphins)

Timing: Shows at Monday to Thursday 11 AM and 6 PM; Friday and Saturday at 11am, 3 PM and 6 PM

Contact: (971) 4 336-9773

Location: Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


2. Shark Safari Atlantis Dubai – Most Exciting Aquatic Life Attraction in Dubai (Tie)


You don’t need to be a good diver for this; in fact you don’t even need to know how to swim—you walk through this underwater safari in Dubai! Dubai’s Atlantis at the Palm offers you an amazing opportunity to walk at the bottom of a massive water tank that contains sharks, rays, and thousands of colorful fish. It’s all extremely safe and you’re given a special helmet to wear as you stroll at the bottom of the tank. Also Try: 10 FREE beaches in Dubai (Yes, FREE!)

Cost: AED 275 for entry

Timing: Daily 10 AM – 10 PM (NOTE: Timing may vary on a seasonal basis)

Contact: (971) 4 426-1040

Location: Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 5/5


3. BONUS: Sharjah Aquarium – Largest Collection of Aquariums in UAE


The Sharjah Aquarium is massive; it has 2 floors, 20 subsections of water aquariums, and features 250 species native to the Gulf. There’s plenty to see and the inhabitants range in sizes from tin clownfish to large moray eels. Sharjah Aquarium isn’t very far from Dubai and is worth a visit if you happen to be in Sharjah. Also Try: Ranked — Most Popular Theme Parks in Dubai (You’ll LOVE these!)

Cost: AED 20 for adults; AED 10 for kids aged 6–15; kids under 5 enter free

Timing: Saturday–Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 4pm–10pm; closed on Sunday

Contact: (971) 6 528-5288

Location: Al Meena Street, Al Khan Area, Near Sharjah Maritime Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Dubaing ScoreTM: 4/5


4. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – Largest Aquarium in Dubai (and the World)


This aquarium is on par with Dubai’s nature to break records; it holds multiple Guinness World Records, including one for having the world’s largest suspended aquarium. The coolest part is that this is located inside the Dubai Mall and you can see this massive aquarium and all its majesty for free as you shop about.

Looking at the aquarium is free to all Dubai Mall visitors. You need to pay only if you want to walk into a tunnel carved underneath and through the Aquarium. It has over 140 species, including sharks! Ranked: Dubai’s Top 35 Shopping Malls (Pick Your Favorite!)

Cost: AED 100

Timing: Daily 10 AM – Midnight

Contact: (971) 04 448-5200

Location: The Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Time Dedication: 1 Hour

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


5. Lost Chambers Aquarium Dubai – Best Themed Aquarium in Dubai


The Lost Chambers is located in one of Dubai’s most popular locations: The Atlantis at the Palm! There are over 65,000 fish here and the guides & divers located on point are very knowledgeable. Visitors are welcome to feed the fish! The overall design of the aquarium is quite impressive and gives a genuine feel of being a visitor at the “Lost Chamber” of the mythical lost city of Atlantis. Ranked: Dubai’s Best Water Parks (NEW 2017)

Cost: AED 100 for adults; AED 75 for kids

Timing: Daily 10 AM – 10 PM

Contact: (971) 2 575-5001

Location: Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Time Dedication: 1 – 2 hours

Dubaing ScoreTM: 3.5/5


This ranking is competitive; Contenders 6 and 7 are currently omitted as their Dubaing ScoreTM fell below 3.5. The ranking is updated every week; they will be visible again if their score rises above 3.5.

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