Animal Encounters at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium is a captivating marine wonderland, that offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with a diverse array of aquatic life.

Among the many attractions at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the animal encounters stand out as some of the most memorable experiences.

In this article, we’ll take you on a virtual journey through the various animal encounters at this remarkable destination.

Penguin Encounter

Penguin Encounter
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For animal enthusiasts, the Penguin Encounter at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a delightful experience.

These charming creatures come from regions like Antarctica and thrive in a carefully controlled environment that mimics their natural habitat. 

With the Penguin Cove experience ticket, you can meet the colony of adorable Gentoo and King penguins. 

You can watch the penguins waddle, swim, and interact with each other up close. 

The experience is both educational and heartwarming, offering insights into the behavior and conservation of these incredible birds.

The Penguin Cove Experience costs AED 200

King Croc Encounter

King Croc Encounter
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The King Croc encounter is one of the most captivating and fearsome encounters at the Dubai Aquarium.

Here, visitors can come face to face with King, a massive saltwater crocodile that weighs over 750 kilograms and measures 5 meters in length. 

King is a prime example of a prehistoric predator, and observing his majestic presence is both thrilling and awe-inspiring.

The encounter provides valuable information about crocodile biology and conservation efforts to protect these ancient reptiles.

Otter Encounter

Otter Encounter
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The Otter Encounter is a must-visit at the Dubai Aquarium for a dose of pure cuteness. 

Asian small-clawed otters, known for their playful and inquisitive nature, reside in this specially designed enclosure. 

Guests can watch these agile creatures swim, dive, and interact with their environment. 

The Otter Encounter is an educational opportunity to learn about these engaging animals and the importance of their conservation in the wild.

Ray Encounter

The Ray Encounter at the Dubai Aquarium allows visitors to get up close to graceful and elegant rays.

These gentle sea creatures glide gracefully through the water, captivating onlookers with their distinctive movements. 

The exhibit offers an opportunity to touch and interact with rays under the supervision of experienced guides, making it an informative and memorable experience for visitors of all ages.

You can also feed the rays during the feeding sessions. 

Ray feeding sessions happen every day at 10.30 am. 

Shark Trainer Encounter

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a shark trainer, the Shark Trainer Encounter is the perfect opportunity to glimpse this exhilarating profession. 

Under the guidance of expert trainers, guests can learn about shark behavior and their conservation status and even assist in feeding these magnificent predators.

This encounter provides a unique and educational perspective on the world of sharks.

Diving Experiences

In addition to the animal encounters, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo also offer a range of diving experiences.

If you are an adventurous visitor wanting to explore the underwater world more intimately, try the diving experiences at Dubai Aquarium. 

These experiences include:

Shark Dives

For the ultimate adrenaline rush, brave souls can take part in a shark dive.

In this experience, you will be submerged in a cage within the massive aquarium filled with various shark species, including the iconic sand tiger sharks.

You can get close to Sand Tiger Sharks, Reef Sharks, Leopard Sharks, Tawny Nurse Sharks, Giant Groupers, Stingrays and more.


If diving with sharks seems too daring, snorkeling is a less intense option that allows visitors to explore the aquarium’s vibrant marine life while staying closer to the water’s surface.

This experience is open for visitors above 8 years. 

You can jump into the 10 million liter tan along with an expert in a secure cade and get a close look at the marine life at Dubai Aquarium. 

Shark Walker:

Shark Walker is one of the best animal experiences in Dubai Aquarium. 

Experience the ultimate thrill as you walk along with sharks. 

This experience does not need scuba diving certification or any prior experience.

You can join your instructor and enjoy the tour along the tank.

Scuba Diving

Visitors can explore the depths of the Dubai Aquarium alongside an experienced dive guide, offering a more immersive and educational encounter with the marine residents.

Following a quick theory lesson from your dive instructor, you can venture out for a dive in the largest aquarium.

This experience happens at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm everyday. 

All diving experience at Dubai Aquarium requires advance registration on the official website.

Glass Bottom Boat

For visitors who do not want to dive into the aquarium but wish to get a close look at the marine life, Dubai Aquarium offers a one-of-a-kind experience. 

The Dubai Aquarium Glass Bottom Boat tour offers a comfortable vantage point to observe the underwater world.

The boat features a clear glass bottom, providing an unobstructed view of the diverse marine life below.

With 10 people on a boat, you can enjoy a private and perfect view of the animals. 

The ride departs every 10 to 20 minutes at UnderwaterZoo level 2. 

Ticket for Animal Encounter at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

If you wish to participate in various animal experiences and presentations, you must purchase the ultimate Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

This ticket offers access to the Aquarium, Underwater Zoo and all parts of the attraction. 

You can participate in the Behind-the-Scenes tour, Penguin Experience and ride the glass bottom boat. 

In addition, visitors also get access to Interactive Platforms and Fish feeding sessions. 

You can get an AED 20 discount at both the aquarium cafe and retail shop with this ticket. 

The ticket costs AED 299 ($82) for all visitors over 2 years.

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