Besides its retail pull, The Dubai Mall is home to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the largest suspended aquariums on the planet. Marvel at more than 70 different marine species including some 300 sharks and rays, or rent some scuba gear and sidle up alongside the inhabitants of the 10-million-litre tank (no diving experience required). Meanwhile, the zoo offers a sneak peek at the habits of other water-loving creatures, such as penguins and giant spider crabs; but the star of the show is the mean-looking 750kg King Croc, Open daily from 10am to midnight.
Home to over 65,000 marine animals, The Lost Chambers Aquarium (+971 4 426 1040) at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai will enchant visitors of all ages. It has over 20 themed exhibits housing marine creatures from all over the world. Book a behind-the-scenes tour or be brave and dive with sharks. Open daily from 10am-10pm.