The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi will be home to 46,000 individual creatures…

Big fish energy in the capital today with news that The National Aquarium, located at Abu Dhabi’s upcoming leisure and entertainment mega project, Al Qana, is now complete, ready to welcome visitors on November 12.

When open, it’ll be the largest aquarium in the Middle East with a number of themed zones waiting to be explored.

Here’s what’s inside…

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Your visit to The National Aquarium begins with ‘National Treasures’ in Zone 1, which is a lagoon featuring a variety of fish and turtles.

At Zone 2, you’ll find the ‘Red Sea Wreck’, a giant grouper and baby coral surrounding a large shipwreck.

Zone 3 is called ‘Atlantic Cave’ – the highlight here is the string ray feeding experience.

Meanwhile, Zone 4 ‘The Sub’, recreates the explorative windows of a deep-sea submarine, and Zone 5, dubbed ‘Ring of Fire’, is an interactive space demonstrating how islands are formed.

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If the hidden world of the ocean hasn’t impressed you yet, the creatures in ‘Ocean Magic’ in Zone 6 certainly should. Featured here are bioluminescent creatures (such as jellyfish, squid and coral), which basically means that these living organisms emit light.

At Zone 7, the ‘Frozen Ocean’, you’ll come up close with the clowns of the ocean – a delightful flock of puffins.

Onto Zone 8, the ‘Flooded Forest,’ home to the Super Snake, believed to be one of the largest reticulated pythons in the world. The XXL reticulated python is a 14-year-old female sliding in at a huge seven metres in length and weighs 115 kilograms.

Super Snake shares the Flooded Forest with more than 8,000 fascinating other rainforest creatures. The list includes birds such as macaw parrots, toucans, scarlet ibis, squirrel monkeys and more.

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And finally, Zone 9 is ‘Bu Tinah’, which features a large tank dedicated to the local wildlife that’s found in the Boutina reserve.

Here you can walk through the longest glass walkthrough tunnel in the Middle East where you will be surrounded by divers and 22,000 different animals.

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Here are the details on ticket prices

General admission – Dh105 for aquarium journey.
Beyond the Glass – Dhs130 for aquarium journey, behind the scene tour and glass bridge walk.
Bu Tinah Dhow – Dhs150 for aquarium journey, glass-bottom boat tour and fish feeding.
VIP ticket (which includes a fast track pass) – Dhs200 for general admission ticket, behind the scene tour, glass bridge walk, glass-bottom boat tour and fish feeding.

Animal Encounters will cost you Dhs180 which includes aquarium journey.

You can purchase your tickets to the National Aquarium Abu Dhabi and the encounters on here soon.

The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi, Al Qana, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 418 6666.

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