Sharjah Aquarium

Masood and I went to see the newly opened Sharjah Aquarium at Al Khan road yesterday. Entrance is free this week, so we grabbed the opportunity. Of course, the place was crowded, but it was worth it. It was a great experience.

The Sharjah Aquarium was inaugurated on June 6, 2008, by His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council.


What’s that first sign? Not to drop anything in the tanks? I didn’t use flash. I also resisted the urge to knock on the glass. I didn’t feed my finger to the fish either.

The aquarium, built by locals and British experts, enables visitors to make a journey underwater and discover marine life.


This fish was so fast, I couldn’t capture it on lens.

The main aim of the aquarium is educational as it focuses on the characteristics of marine life in the UAE. The plan is to increase the number of species in the aquarium from 30 to more than 50 in the next few months.

The aquarium is also dedicated to the preservation of marine life and to teach more about reproductive and environmental issues.

The glass bridge. We were actually walking over this glass.

Interactive, touch screen monitors everywhere.

This handmade wooden ship costs AED 140!

The place has a huge parking space, very clean restrooms, elevators, prayer rooms, a restaurant, and a gift shop.

Directions:

If youโ€™re coming from Dubai, then take the Dubai-Sharjah Road. Soon after passing Al Safeer Mall, take left on the bridgeway, and keep straight. Thereโ€™s a round about at the end of Al Khan Road. Take left; youโ€™ll be able to see the structure (my first photo) very prominently. Thatโ€™s the place!

For ticket prices and other info, visit their website here.

57 comments

  1. Dear Sir / Madam,
    Can you please give me the details as th what are the timings and the ticket rates. As i am trying to reach the office number, but no one is answering. The website shows its free for two weeks as well as two weeks its closed. I am sorry to bother you can you please give me details.

    I would love to visit you Aquarium and i have heard it very nice.

    Thanks you very much
    Usha

  2. Hello Usha. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Yes, they don’t answer their phone. I think they are still busy organizing stuff. As long as their website says it’s free, it’s free. At least, that’s what the guard there says.

    The place is closed on Sun, Mon, and Tues – but only during the two-weeks promotional period – I suppose this week is the last of those two weeks.

    We went there this Friday, around 5 pm. Do visit the aquarium. It’s definitely worth your time ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Dear sir,
    Can i have location please i would like to visit the aquarium
    Appreciate your help
    Regards,

  4. It’s located at Al Khan road; at the end of that road, actually.

    If you’re coming from Dubai, then take the Dubai-Sharjah Road. Soon after passing Al Safeer Mall, take left on the bridgeway, and keep straight. There’s a round about at the end of Al Khan Road. Take left; you’ll be able to see the structure (my first photo) very prominently. That’s the place!

    Hope I made sense ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi,

    Thanks. Its nice to see photos of the aquarium before hand going there. Looks like Iโ€™m going to be busy shooting in there .. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Anyhow I managed to call them and get the details of entry fees as well.

    Adult โ€“ 20 AED
    Child 6 yrs above – 10 AED
    Group of 6 or more people โ€“ 15 AED per person

    There is a family package as well (unfortunately I canโ€™t remember details of it)

    Hope this helps

    Cheers
    Anjana

  6. hey dude i think that u took the 6th pic to show us that it is not allowed to take pics of the fishes there but i see that u urself has taken the fotos
    u know that u r a ****** for takin the pics of these beautiful fishes and spoiling their beauty by *** ur camea in front of them.
    i hope that they dont get blinded cuz of that. u r da reezun that fishes like these are getting killed daily.

  7. wow man danks for the info kool
    i hope that u enjoyed ur time there and insha Allah i tooo am gonna go there 2day
    i hope its relly worth it
    and wats dis so called “vinita”s problem i dont think that she should be calling u all these many things
    whatever she must be a total nutty!

    anyways i relly hope its cool and informative!

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  8. Dearest Vinita, photography is allowed; the use of flash while taking photos isn’t. Don’t worry, the fishes didn’t get blind. They didn’t die either ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi all.. ,

    I had come to know about this acquarium through a collegue of mine. But more so seeing the above blogs & pictures urged me to take my family along with another friend and her family for this lovely trip. Indeed, Sharjah Govt has done a very good job on this front.. All of us enjoyed the visit.. kids especially..

    Wanted to mention few things…. the entrances and exits are very narrow n on a summer friday when i had been ..it was too crowded.. the mangement should perhaps take measures to manage huge crowds. There was lots of push and pull.. perhaps a railing n letting people go in line should take care of the situation..Though, the parking area is huge, still comparing the visits of people from sharjah and from other emirates very soon it wld be a chaos.. they should soon think about alternatives for parking area.. even this friday when i visited the parking area was full and we had to park our car at a distant place.

    However, the attempt is good..n want end with a positive note..”The acquarium is one of the best thing i have ever seen in Sharjah”..Better late than never..well done Sharjah Govt!!

    P.s: The family of 2 adults and 3 kids is 49dhms.

    Chitra.K

  10. Chitra, thank you for your valuable input. It’s highly appreciated. As you might have noticed, another building is still under construction; more marine animals will be added, and hopefully more parking spaces ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad you had a great time with your family.

    1. hello, nadia!pasensya na, medyo matagal uli bago ako niabkalak. medyo busy-busy-han, daming sinusulat. na-miss kita, pramis :sbtw, this is a very informative post. and the pics are great, of course. sabi mo, di mo nakuha ang fish na nagga-glide, nakuha mo naman, ah?hey, may ganito na rin sa Manila. it’s called Ocean Park. nakapunta na me with my two nephews. similar na rin dito sa sharjah aquarium, although i’d think, smaller ang scale ng OP.teka, why didn’t you knock down some glass and feed your fingers to the fishes? you could have, you know? lols!how are things? how’s masood? happy end of ramadan celeb., ilang araw na lang doon po sa amin recently posted..Sa mga Salita

  11. Hey !!! Nadia
    Thanks a Million !! last Friday i went there but i couldn’t able to locate exactly simply i return back to Dubai. now i got the location from you .. now i will be happy.. Insha Allah i have a trip in this week end over there .. once again many thanks for you…

    HAVE A GOOD TIME
    bye bye
    regards
    basee

  12. Hello Basith, you’re welcome. Hope you do find the aquarium after following my directions, lol; I must warn you that I am a geographically disoriented person ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a fun-filled day with the fishes!

  13. thanks to anjana! for the information about the details for the entrance fee..,, can i ask you how can i get there??? and also you nationality^_^

  14. Great Information and congratulations for the time you spent for this!!!

    I was trying to get these informations, finally I got it from you.

    Thank you very much….

  15. hey thanks for the details, had been lukin for the details and got it all here. hope to have a gr8 day in the aquarium this weekend
    thanks

  16. its an excellent gallery and in reality its marvellous and the way its build is really nice,Visited just today and enjoyed in all bits inspite of very hot and humid weather.

  17. hey..nice pictures..def am taking my kids this week…but can u just guide me on the way again..i will be coming from sharjah city centre road…

    thanks

  18. Hi

    its wondeful, thkx for all the info. just one thing, how long would it take to visit the complete aquarium, as we will be travelling from Abu dhabi, so we can plan accordingly.

    thanks again

  19. Hi Preeti,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    If you’re visiting with kids, it will take you two hours at most, unless there’s a long queue at the entrance.

    If you’re in a rush, one hour is enough. But then, there’s a ton of information that you may want to learn while you’re at the Aquarium. There’s an interactive screen, where you and/or the kids can learn so much.

    Hope you have loads of fun!

    Love,

    Nadia

  20. Thanks for the detailed information. All these days I was scrolling the Sharjah website and also enquiring friends and foes for their location and opening hours. But in vain, everyone had heard or read about it but no one knew where it is.

    Anyway, great work. Keep it Up!!!

  21. Hi All,

    We can take photos inside AQUARIUM or it is band I have digicam is it allowed inside aquarium.

    Please help

    Regards,
    Zafarul Ansari

  22. Zafarul Ansari,

    You can bring your digital camera to the Sharjah Aquarium. Taking photos is allowed, as long as you don’t use flash.

    Hope you have a great time.

  23. Dear Sharjah Aquarium Concerns,

    Kindly i would like to know whether your department in need for an expert divers such as instructor to get a chance working in Sharjah Aquarium…

    I do highly appreciated your concerning by answering my request…

    Thanks & All The Best

  24. We had a visit in your aquarium and we like the motorized roller blinds so much. We are construction people from Germany and we look for blinds with the same high quality for our building.

    Can you send us the contact to the company?

    Best
    Hans Sachs.

  25. Opening hours

    Fri: 3:00 pm โ€“ 8:00 pm
    Sat: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Wed: 4:00 pm โ€“7:30 pm (Families only)
    Thurs: 9:00 am โ€“ 7:30 pm
    Sun – Tues: Closed

    Ticket Prices

    Adults 20 AED
    Child (6-15 ) 10AED
    Child (5 years old &under) free
    Family (2 Adults & 3 Children) 50 AED
    Adults Groups (6 or more persons) 15 AED
    Child Groups (6 or more persons) 5 AED

  26. hi, i just saw the pictures taken and it’s really beautiful and am interested to come and visit the place. Is the place open during the holidays? please let me know as am only free to go on holidays only.

  27. Anne,

    You’ll have to call them up at + 971 6 528 5288 and ask whether they open during the holidays. I’ve been there a long time ago (in June), so I’m not sure about their schedule. Hope you have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Hi,

    Can anybody tell me how can I get there when coming from Sharjah ? Also tell me how far it is from Safeer Mall ? Is it the Safeer Mall on Dubai Sharjah Road which was mentioned in one of the posts.

    Thanks. Dilhani

  29. hello,
    can u please give me the details i have an appointment there as am going to a summer camp which is located in the museum and i really need the address as it is very important to me.

  30. hello, nadia!

    pasensya na, medyo matagal uli bago ako nakabalik. medyo busy-busy-han, daming sinusulat. na-miss kita, pramis… :s

    btw, this is a very informative post. and the pics are great, of course. sabi mo, di mo nakuha ang fish na nagga-glide, nakuha mo naman, ah?

    hey, may ganito na rin sa Manila. it’s called Ocean Park. nakapunta na me with my two nephews. similar na rin dito sa sharjah aquarium, although i’d think, smaller ang scale ng OP.

    teka, why didn’t you knock down some glass and feed your fingers to the fishes? you could have, you know? lols!

    how are things? how’s masood? happy end of ramadan celeb., ilang araw na lang… ๐Ÿ™‚
    doon po sa amin recently posted..Sa mga Salita

    1. Hello San! Ok lang yun…I’ve also vanished from the face of this blog for quite a long time myself.

      I’ve heard about the Ocean Park, but it wasn’t open to public when I left the Philippines. I heard it’s really nice.

      Who will take the photographs if I feed my fingers to the fishes? Mahal ko kayo – my readers – kaya it’s important that I keep myself intact ๐Ÿ™‚

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