Whether you want to swim with sharks or observe giraffes, Dubai is an urban jungle, but that doesn't mean you can't find wildlife all across the city. Both white sharks and giraffes have been spotted in the emirates.
Sharks are a common sight in the waters off Dubai's beaches, but not everyone thinks they're attractive. The city's beachgoers should take care not to frighten away the sharks who eat them.
Giraffes on the other hand, are less common - but no less impressive. You might see one every now and then at the Emirates Wildlife Club, near Dubai Mall. Members get to feed and interact with these beautiful animals.
Dubai is a big place, with lots of areas protected by law where you won't find any humans. This includes parks, beaches, and forests where you can only find plants and animals. If you travel outside of these areas, use caution not to run into any snakes, scorpions, or other dangerous creatures.
People often wonder if it's okay to take photos or film animals in their natural habitat. Generally speaking, yes, as long as you don't cause any harm you should be fine. But like most things in Dubai, nothing is ever simple.
But that's not all Dubai and Abu Dhabi have to offer! These locations also include natural regions that are mostly unspoiled by man or machine. The vegetation, desert, and animals provide a fascinating contrast to the slick pictures that the two cities give to the rest of the globe.
Natural wonders include deserts, mountains, and beaches. Dubai has several deserts including the Empty Quarter which is one of the largest tracts of sand in the world. There are also three mountain ranges with unique shapes such as the Hajar Mountains, which are part of a large plateau that extends across most of Saudi Arabia. Finally, there is Dubai Beach which is made up of fine white sands. No city on earth can match the beauty of the beach or of its surroundings. Travelers often comment on how relaxing it is to walk along the shoreline without seeing another person for miles.
Abu Dhabi has one major desert but no other natural features besides the beach. However, what it lacks in size it makes up for in style with luxury hotels, casinos, and shopping malls built out over water. It's easy to see why so many people are drawn to this city-state; it's truly a destination full of adventure.
One of Dubai's most engaging attractions is the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. It is located at the Dubai Mall, the world's largest mall, and provides a spectacular voyage into aquatic life. The aquarium features more than 3,000 animals from around the world, including sharks, dolphins, penguins, and elephants. Visitors can see all these species in their natural environment in spacious marine habitats.
The aquarium was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster (who also designed London's Gherkin) and opened its doors to the public in February 2004. It is known for being one of the most innovative and high-tech aquariums in the world. The park includes a number of different zones featuring various types of marine life.
The aquarium is home to several rare species of fish, such as the moray eel, sea dragon, and sea snake. There are also large groups of fish in the community reef area that visitors can observe from a glass-bottom boat. This is where you can see domino effects occurring as fish chase each other in search of food. This behavior can be seen in many different species, but it is especially evident with groupers and snappers who use their sharp teeth to eat smaller fish and crustaceans.
The aquarium has three levels with four galleries on each level.