Region’s largest aquarium to open in Abu Dhabi with unmatchable marine experience

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The largest aquarium in the region The National Aquarium (TNA) in Abu Dhabi is all set to showcase the surprising biodiversity of species as it will welcome the world later this year.

Located in the vibrant lifestyle hub of Al Qana in Abu Dhabi, the aquarium will exhibit more than 200 sharks and rays, representing 25 different species. The aquarium will offer the guests a remarkable opportunity to get into a submarine world and discover the awe-inspiring variety of species found within our oceans.

The aquarium is also the only place in the UAE to house a school of iconic Scalloped Hammer Head Sharks. Additionally, the Bull Sharks, which are widely considered one of the most dangerous shark species in the ocean and rivers, will also make their debut in the region.

Other species of sharks and rays will include Sand Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Shovelnose Rays, Cownose Rays, Freshwater Rays, amongst others.

Sharks are always misunderstood as one of the most notorious animals in the ocean. With their numbers dwindling due to over-fishing, the team at TNA is seeking to turn fear into fascination and educate visitors around how well these apex predators can adapt to living peacefully. 

Another key highlight in the aquarium will be the feeding demonstrations with both sharks and rays, as well as a one-of-a-kind public ‘Shark Encounter’. Guests will be able to hand-feed sharks as large as two meters long, which promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Paul Hamilton
Paul Hamilton
General Manager – TNA

“We cannot wait for our opening this year, to reveal our array of animals and animal-related activities. In general, people have a fear of sharks and we want to celebrate these fascinating creatures that are so crucial to the health of our oceans. We are hoping that through personal interaction, the aquarium will help people overcome any fears and perceptions that they might have. Most importantly, we look forward to providing our visitors with an unrivaled and memorable edutainment experience on every visit.”

Last year, the National Aquarium has signed a five-year partnership with The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) to help create the largest and most innovative rehabilitation schemes of its kind to protect and rehabilitate wildlife in Abu Dhabi. The partnership has resulted in a large number of animals saved, including 200 sea turtles being successfully rescued and released.

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