The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi, the largest aquarium in Middle East welcomed its first guests last Friday.
The Aquarium is the first attraction to be opened in the Canal Zone. It is the new waterfront and the largest one in Middle East. It covers an area of 9000 square meters and is a home to 46000 sea creatures; including 300 species.
“It has been years since the Aquarium was established and we are so excited to launch this remarkable place, not only for visitors to try but also as a part of a contribution initiative for conserving in the emirate by providing education, rescue and rehabilitation as guiding priorities for this remarkable project,” Paul Hamilton, the director general in “The National Aquarium” said.
The Aquarium has 10 sections; each one has its unique feature. The sections are: UAE’s Natural Treasures, Red Sea Wreck, Atlantic Cave, the Sub Ring of Fire, Ocean Magic, Frozen Ocean; Flooded Forest, Bu Tinah Island, and Back of House. All these sections tell a narrative.
Each section has sea creatures that are related to it and to the narrative. For example, in Red Sea Wreck, you will find sharks and the great barracudas, while the Sub has a sub-marine themed room with creatures like lobsters on view. The Flooded Forest is a home to Super Snake; a 14-year-old female reticulated python, weighing 115 kilograms.
However, it is not only about sea creatures behind the glass or birds flying around. It also offers a number of interactive activities, like Scuba diving, animal feeding, glass bottom boat, which also continue to explain more about animals and their natural habitats.
Entry Tickets start from 105AED and there are 4 levels of tickets. Visit The National Aquarium official website for more information.
Contributed by Israa Farhan