Swim with sharks at The Dubai Mall from today;Shark dives for public at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Published May 10th, 2009 - 05:46 GMT

Get ready for one of Dubai’s most exhilarating and spine-tingling activities as Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo at The Dubai Mall launches Shark Dives as part of the Festival@The Dubai Mall. The shark dives are the first of its kind in a shopping mall environment in the Gulf region. Launching today (May 9), the shark dive is a thrilling opportunity of a lifetime to swim amongst 33,000 aquatic animals within the 10 million litre tank at Dubai Aquarium.

Divers will explore the 51m x 20m x 11m aquarium, which is one of the largest in the world, coming face-to-face with resident Sand Tiger sharks, Reef sharks, Leopard sharks, Giant Groupers and Stingrays, among others. Organised in association with Al Boom Diving, Shark Dives at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo are open to all, with non-certified divers being offered the opportunity to take a short course provided by Al Boom Diving at their branches at Al Wasl Road or at Dubai Marina Yacht Club.

Mr Nasser Rafi, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Malls Group, said: “Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most popular attractions within the mall. We are continuously exploring innovative ways to offer a superior customer experience. The Shark Dive, introduced for the first time in the Gulf region in a mall environment, will offer visitors a new and adventurous leisure choice.”

Mr Arif Amiri, Senior Director, Emaar Properties PJSC, said: “Visitors to Dubai Aquarium have been fascinated by the sight of our staff divers, who dive underwater to feed our sharks and fishes every day. Now, with the launch of Shark Dives, we are offering the opportunity for all to have an incredible diving experience in an aquarium environment.”

He added: “Apart from having trained staff members from Al Boom Diving to assist the public, Shark Diving is being undertaken to the highest safety standards. All appropriate training and equipment are provided and this opportunity is available to certified and non-certified divers as well.”

Qualified dive masters and instructors from Al Boom Diving will be present throughout the diving experience. Advance bookings are required for Shark Dives. For more details, call 04-342 2993 or visit www.thedubaiaquarium.com.

Public Shark Diving which will be available year round adds to the myriad attractions offered to visitors to The Dubai Mall and are also to be a centrepoint of the activities during the Festival@The Dubai Mall. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, with the Guinness World Record winning acrylic viewing panel, and Dubai Ice Rink are popular leisure destinations for families. The mall will soon open KidZania® and SEGA Republic, two indoor theme parks, and Reel Cinemas, the 22-screen cineplex, the largest in UAE.


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