Zoos in Dubai

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Best Zoos in Dubai

When one thinks of Dubai, sandy deserts and camels often come to mind. However, Dubai is fast becoming the tourist hub of the UAE with its newly opened petting zoo and various animal parks. This megacity even has its own shark pit and the largest suspended aquarium in the world. Dubai’s dolphin shows are known to charm people from all around the globe with its world-class displays. Most zoos in Dubai have a very low entry fee, and some are even free for kids below the age of three.

Here is the list of 5 Zoos in Dubai

1. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The ground floor of the Dubai Mall is famous as the location of the exceedingly popular Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in Dubai that has thousands of people drop in every day. It is indeed a marvel with over 33, 000 marine life occupying the 10 million liters of water within the tank. A unique underwater zoo occupies the level above the tank showcasing a plethora of underwater life that can be found inhabiting the oceans, rivers and other water bodies across the planet. The VR Zoo makes up the third section offering thrilling wildlife adventures via realistically created virtual tours.

2. Dubai Dolphinarium, Dubai

3.7 /5

One-of-its-kind in the Middle East, this fully air-conditioned indoor Dubai Dolphinarium serves as a popular attraction for locals and tourists. Here visitors can enjoy a 45-minute demonstration of the northern fur seals and Black Sea bottlenose Dolphins. The facility also offers visitors a chance to swim with Dolphins at extra charges. Also, present within the complex is a restaurant, gift shop and classrooms for kids. There are also dry activities for children such as Mirror Maze, Aladdin magic show, an exotic bird show and the 5D/7D cinema where movies are shown with special effects.

3. Al Ain Zoo, Al-ain

4.5 /5

Just 1.5 hours from Dubai city, the Al Ain Zoo is a humongous 400-hectare park near the base of Jebel Hafeet is where visitors can see many beautiful species of animals in enclosures that closely resemble their natural habitats. Over 4,000 animals reside in the zoo out of which around 130 species are considered endangered. There are plenty of green public spaces for picnics alongside several playgrounds, a cafeteria and a train tour of the wildlife area. There’s also a bird show featuring predatory and night birds which occurs in the evening.

4. Arabian Wildlife Center, Sharjah

Arabian Wildlife Center is located at Al Dhaid Road which is a 40-minute ride away from Dubai City. Opened in September 1999, it is known to be the only zoo in Arabia which has around 100 species of animals found in the Arabian Peninsula. Besides this, the Center also promotes awareness about the peninsula fauna, which is becoming extinct.

5. Emirates Park Zoo, Abu-dhabi

Although an hour's drive from Dubai, it will be totally worth it. The Emirates Park Zoo is home to more than 1,400 species of animals, including birds, reptiles, mammals and other wildlife. The zoo, which remains open 365 days a year, makes for a perfect destination for children and families, incorporating the concept of edutainment – education combined with enjoyable and fun activities.

With a strong idea to preserving the Arabian wildlife species, these zoos in Dubai are an educational experience as well as a means of awareness.

This post was published by Joysurjya Hagjer

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