Once you’ve had your fill of window shopping, take to staring through glass at something completely different: Dubai Mall’s Aquarium, and Underwater Zoo.
Come face to face with a 750kg crocodile, or watch 300 types of sharks and rays glide blissfully above your head as you walk through the 48m underwater tunnel. Marvel at the tropical fish and chilled turtles, and try your hand at something far more exciting: The Aquarium offers a wide range of aquatic adventures, so spice up your shopping time by going snorkelling in a cage in the 10 million litre tank. If you’re a diving pro, have a go at leaping into the tank, and joining a whopping number of sharks and fish as they swim around you. Perfect for experienced divers and beginners, it’ll be a moment you’ll never forget. You can also take a PADI accredited course if you fancy taking away something more than shopping bags from your Mall experience.
The Underwater Zoo is home to a range of animals, from penguins to hedgehogs, and regardless of whether you visit at night or during the day, you’ll have something to marvel at, and watch for hours on end.
Shark, ray and fish feeding happens on a twice daily basis, and is a huge amount of fun for all the family. Divers disappear under the surface to hand feed sharks and rays: a spectacle not to be missed. There’s also the chance to see animal presentations every hour, where zookeepers and divers will give you a backstage glance into the lives of the animals they care for.
For something truly magnificent, take a glass bottomed boat tour over the tank, and witness over 33,000 aquatic animals, getting up close and personal without getting your hair wet!