When I was in Dubai for a month, I wanted to come up with an idea for a day out based indoors that didn’t involve a mall and it was too hot to be outdoors during the day so I decided to visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium in the Atlantis hotel. The regular adult price is AED 100 to enter it but if you show your resident ID (Emirates ID card, passport or driving licence) and adults can get in for AED 75.
As you make your way through the 10 various themed chambers of what was once the world’s most advanced civilisation you will find over over 21 exhibits with fish from all over the world flourishing in this magnificent environment. There areplenty of weird and wonderful fish and sea creatures to look at, it is well laid out with interesting lighting and great photo opportunities. The The Lost Chambers Aquarium is home to over 500 species of marine life, including sharks, arapaimas, sting rays, piranhas, sea horses and jelly fish.
“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness.” -Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Here are some of the pictures clicked by my brother, Farhan, when we were there.
- One can snorkel and dive in the Ambassador Lagoon, the Middle East’s largest aquarium.
- While grown piranhas feed at night, young ones feed during the day to avoid being eaten by an adult.
- Moray Eels have poor sight, and since they feed mainly at night, they have developed a great sense of smell.
- Starfish can reproduce by fragmentation. They detach part of an arm which grows slowly into a new sea star.
- Jellyfish have no brain, heart or bones. Some have ways of detecting obstacles that can be compared to sight
- Over 600,000,000 litres of water are circulated through the lagoons and pools after being drawn from the Arabian Gulf using an open-flow system. This water then passes through a four million litre reservoir, is sand filtered and cleared with ozone before flowing into marine habitats around the resort to provide the best water conditions for optimal health of the animals.
- The Lost Chambers Aquarium has a dedicated fish hospital and nursery, with quarantine pools for newborns and marine life requiring special care and acclimatizing.
If you visit Dubai, this place should be on your list.
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