Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo at The Dubai
Mall has launched a new experience that offers visitors the
opportunity to have close encounters with the 33,000 aquatic
animals. The ‘Cage Experience’ complements the Shark Dives and
Glass Bottom Boat Rides that are already popular among visitors.
The new experience allows visitors to jump straight into
the 10 million litre tank without the hassle of diving equipment
or air tanks. Users only have to put on snorkelling gear, dive into the secure cage in the aquarium, and
watch over 70 different marine species including some 400 sharks
and rays at close quarters.
Mr Damian Prendergast, General Manager, Dubai
Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, said, “Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
is one of the most popular leisure destinations in the city, and
we are constantly adding new experiences for visitors to add to
its appeal. The Cage Experience is a novelty for Dubai as it
offers anyone, even those without any previous diving experience,
the opportunity to explore the depths of the aquarium by jumping
into a safe cage, without the need for elaborate diving gear or
The Cage Experience is offered throughout the
day with the cage having the capacity to accommodate up to four
visitors and two instructors at a time. The experience is open for
anyone over ten years of age and is priced AED 225 per person.
Visitors can also purchase a bathing suit and towels on-site.
Participants in the Cage Experience can get a
better glimpse of the marine way of living as the various species
in the Dubai Aquarium, which replicates an ocean environment, have
their own marked territories at different levels of the tank, as
they do at sea. Nurse Sharks, Fantail Rays, Guitarfish and all the
small reef associated species are commonly found on the ocean’s
bed while the sharks prefer to be in the darker rocky areas and
caves. Rays have a preference for being near the water surface,
where they flap their wings, and glide on in perfect poise. The
Giant Trevally, Bigeye Trevally, Rainbow Runners and Batfish are
among others species that tend to prefer the water surface.
A 270 degree walkthrough tunnel experience,
Glass Bottom Boat Rides, Shark Dives and Ocean School Programme
are amongst the other activities available at Dubai Aquarium &
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