Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A visit to Dubai's Aquariums

A visit to Dubai's Aquariums

Whilst in Dubai, one of the attractions I can highly recommend you to visit are the two Aquariums the city hosts, one in the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world at the time being and one in the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah which is currently probably one of the most expensive hotels in the world.


The Dubai Mall Aquarium, which is massive


It's developed and operated by Oceanis Australia Group, officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world's "Largest Acrylic Panel" (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg). The acrylic viewing panel is larger than Japan's Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (22.5 m wide × 8.2 m high and 600 mm thick). Its 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel can withstand pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but its transparency gives visitors clear views of over 33,000 marine animals on display. In February 2010, a leak in the aquarium caused a partial evacuation and brief shutdown of a portion of the mall. The ten million liter aquarium tank is the largest suspended aquarium in the world
The Mall adopted an International Standard of Ethics and Animal Welfare Policy in its development and operation.


The Atlantis Aquarium

After having a look at the immense Mall Aquarium, we went to visit the Atlantis Hotel Aquarium which looked even larger and bigger to me! It hosted tons of fish, including Eagle Rays, various shark and ray species and was an impressive sight to view. This Aquarium holds 11 million liters of water!


An eagle ray at Atlantis Aquarium


The throne for the ruler of the oceans and seas at the Atlantis Hotel

Visits to these two aquariums are highly recommended and a dive at the Dubai Mall is possible, diving at the Atlantis is apparently only possible for hotel residents at very high prices.

Camille

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