Learning about the animal kingdom is much more fun when you can see them in person! 

There are plenty of attractions for the kiddos and adults to encounter all sorts of creatures and critters right here in the UAE be it elephants, sharks, horses or dolphins. We’ve rounded up our top animal adventures guaranteed to make lasting memories:

1. Exotic Bird Show | Creek Park

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Dubai Dolphinarium brings one of the unique attractions in UAE, first & only show featuring exotic birds in the Middle East- Creek Park Bird Show!

Creek park acts as a home to over 20 species of parrots and exotic birds. They have been trained to amaze people with their tricks and the way they interact with the audience.

With beautiful and fascinating species of birds which include the sun conures, Amazon parrots, cockatoos, blue & gold macaws, green-winged macaws, hornbill, toucans, falcons & Eclectus parrots await to amaze you with their talents & skills. Become a part of the show as the birds fly overhead and interact with the audience!

2. Dolphinarium

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This Dolphinarium has an arena-style seating with the Pool in the centre, like an amphitheatre. 

You get to see the Dolphins performing different actions on commands, starting from dancing, juggling to Playing ball. This sure will leave you in awe.

The seating arrangement has a VIP section in the centre and the regular section surrounding it in an arc. The advantage of taking a seat in the VIP section is that you’ll be sitting right opposite the pool and no better place is there to watch this.

The Dubai dolphin and seal show happens on all days of the week except Sunday.

You can choose from: 11:00 am, 02:00 pm and 06:00 pm slots.

You can also interact and swim with the dolphins. From poolside interactions to swimming with the dolphins in the water, this experience provides you with the incredible opportunity to meet these incredible animals. All this in the complete supervision of expert trainers as well. For those looking for an immersive dolphin experience, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with these lovable creatures.

3. Penguin Encounter | Ski Dubai

Enjoy an interactive session with the friendly penguins at Ski Dubai. Ski Dubai has two types of penguins, each with their own distinct habits and quirks. These two species of penguins are : Gentoo Penguins and King Penguins.

You get a chance to meet 2 penguins and interact with them. You can also watch the penguins as they swim underwater in their pool and play around with each other. There’s also a 40 minute encounter with the penguins where you can learn about their lives and get close to the penguins. The park calls this a Peng Friend encounter.

4. The Green Planet Dubai

The Green Planet in Dubai is a one of a kind attraction for this Middle Eastern Country. It is nothing but an Indoor rainforest setup. This rainforest can be explored and enjoyed in the Arabian deserts and is open to visitors. The Green Planet in Dubai is based on the innovative and unusual concept of the Bio-Dome. With its 3,000 plus species of flora and fauna, the Green Planet is an amazing recreational space that offers a great interactive learning experience for all ages. A visit to the Green Planet Dubai will truly transport you to the Amazon!

This concept brings in a new life to the middle eastern ecosystem and gets the visitors up close and personal with nature via the upright gardens and the life-sustaining tree ecosystem.

The Green Planet has got the attention of many scientists and biologists who are keen to know more and explore more of this kind of ecosystem. It has also piqued the interest of the locals as they are not used to exploring and experiencing this side of nature.

Inside the complex, every animal has been provided with their own open space to roam about freely.

The tropical birds of the Green Planet in Dubai are one of the best reasons why one should visit this place with their families and kids especially. Watching the birds fly through the dome, chirping away cheerfully from one branch to the other through the various pavilions is one of the treats of this place. The bright hues of the tropical birds draw a beautiful graffiti in the air as they fly around.

One of the most interesting activities is the Sloth Encounter that is conducted inside the park. Here one can learn about the sloth, their environment and habitat. The activity even allows for a selfie opportunity with the sloths.

Similarly, there is also an activity called the Sugar glider encounter. The sugar gliders are little marsupials that can fly. They come from the same family as the squirrels do. This activity is similar to the Sloth encounter and goes on for about 30 minutes.

5. Emirates Park Zoo

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The Emirates Park Zoo is home to more than 1,700 animals from around the world including wild and farm animals. The well-maintained zoo is staffed with animal specialists who take care of the animals and host sessions and shows where they teach visitors about the animals and their lifestyle. The Emirates Zoo is an excellent destination for wholesome family fun.

The Emirates Park Zoo has several animal habitats and enclosures as well as live shows like Breakfast with Giraffes and Parrots, Sea Lion Show and feeding of several animals. At every point, the zoo allows for exploration and interaction with animals with an element of fun. The friendly staff and food and entertainment options keep the whole family happy.

It also features a park-wide misting system which keeps animals and patrons cool in the summer months.

The zoo is further classified into various zones like : 

  • The Petting Zoo 
  • Bird Park 
  • Snake Alley 
  • Flamingo Park
  • Reptile House
  • Giraffe Park 
  • Wildlife Walk 
  • Primate Parade
  • Camel Farm
  • Mammal Cave
  • Equine Enclosure
  • Hippo House and much more.

6. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Experience

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The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one such fascinating attraction that will leave you spellbound with its many delights.

It is one the largest aquariums in the world housing over 140 species of aquatic life and highest number of sand tiger sharks. Located over 3 levels of Dubai mall, there are numerous ways to experience the underwater world which has 3 main sections with each having its own unique adventures : Aquarium Tank,Aquarium Tunnel & Underwater Zoo

Here are some of the best aquatic experiences that let you explore this beautiful world:

  • Shark Feeding Encounter

From the safety of inside a cage, you will be just centimetres away watching certified trained divers feed the deadly predators of the sea with buckets of fish. This 30-minute adventure will surely have your heart beating fast with fear and excitement as you watch closely to see the divers navigate their way to feed the sharks giving you a glimpse into the shark feeding programmes in the zoo.

  • Shark Cage Diving

You do not require swimming skills or for you to be a certified diver to dive into the depths of this 10-million litre tank to face the largest population of tiger sharks in the zoo. This is an extremely exciting adventure activity for the thrill-seekers that is done under expert supervision.

  • Cage Snorkelling

Put on your snorkelling gear and get immersed into waters of the aquatic tank while being trapped inside the safety of a cage to watch the marine life come to life around you. Watch turtles, stingrays, all kinds of colourful fish you might even recognize from the movie Nemo.

  • Scuba Diving

This is the perfect place to make your diving dream a reality with a professional 2-day PADI certification course. The flexible scuba diving course for beginners under the guidance of expert divers is a great opportunity for fulfilling your dream of being a professional scuba diver.

  • Wonders at the Underwater Zoo

Meet the King Croc – It is undoubtedly the experience of a lifetime when you meet the most powerful reptile in the world weighing a whopping 750Kgs! Awe, fear, thrill are the many emotions that run through you watch the majestic creature in its controlled habitat!

  • VRZOO

Enter the world of virtual reality which will transport you to view the whale sharks in the Maldives, natural forests of Africa or the tigers of India without having to move a muscle. You will be able to witness the world of animals in their natural habitats in this highly enriching and educational experience exclusively available to Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

Enticed to explore this breathtaking attraction already? Well, then plan your trip with Activity Gate right away and head out for the adventure of a lifetime!

7. Camel Ride Tour | Ras Al Khaimah

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Taking a Camel Ride Tour in Ras Al Khaimah across the red sand dunes of the Al Wadi desert is one of the most adventurous ways to explore the natural beauty of Ras Al Khaimah.

Learn interesting details of local history and Emirati culture from a local camel guide.The Camel Trekking Ras Al Khaimah Tour is a One Hour long camel riding trip that would take you around the pristine deserts of Ras Al Khaimah. Apart from the scenic beauty of the place, you can also enjoy the desert life rarely known to many. Sitting on the camel and moving with its rhythm on the golden sands of Ras Al Khaimah, you’d cherish this memory forever.

8. Private Fishing

Deep-Sea Fishing is a wonderful experience if you love watersports. The Arabian Gulf’s warm and shallow water offers a suitable condition for the growth of plenty of plankton. 

Deep-sea fishing trips in Dubai are very popular these days. You can sail across the Persian Gulf, spend quality time and have some real fishing experience making your trip fun and pleasurable. Fish species such as kingfish, queenfish, Dourado (dolphin), long tail tuna, giant trevally, bonito, Spanish mackerel, cobia and barracudas can be found in specific areas of the sea.

These trips require a minimum of 4 hours and can take up to 8 passengers. A  professional captain, specialist skipper and a fishing guide will join you on the boat for assistance to find out the best fishing sites and areas. A fully equipped boat with necessary fishing gear, high-quality bait and safety equipment will be provided. The fishing crews will also give you a  marvelous local insight into the rich culture of the area and its surrounding waters. 

So jump on an exceptional fishing boat to investigate the Arabian Gulf’s profound waters and experience the delight and excitement of catching a fishing at its finest!

9. Lost Chambers Aquarium

The Lost Chambers Aquarium in Dubai is one of the wonders of Dubai which has a unique experience in terms of the marine life it offers in large glass tunnels. It is known to be UAE’s largest aquarium containing about 65,000 aquatic animals. There are a wide range of activities that one can do here from diving among the sharks and rays to getting the first-hand experience of the remains of Atlantis

The central attraction to the aquarium is breaking open into the history of Atlantis which went underwater thousands of years and its ruins were found later. It’s themed after the Lost City of Atlantis and the entire aquarium is a series of underground tunnels which depicts the lost civilization. In total there are 20 aquatic life exhibits in this aquarium which is open to tourists, some can even be fed under the guidance of experts.

As you walk through the labyrinth of underwater halls, you get the feeling that you are submerged in water with marine life all around you. See all types of fish, sharks, lobsters, jellyfish, seahorses and even albino alligators! There are many experiences you can partake in, at the aquarium, including a behind-the-scenes tour, where you can learn about some deep, dark secrets of the ocean from the in-house experts. Apart from the underwater observatory, you even have the option to touch and hold some of the creatures like starfish and sea-urchins for a more immersive experience at the ‘Touch Tank’.

Some attractions  Inside The Lost Chambers Aquarium are : Snorkeling, Fish Tale Tours, Aquarium Dives, Aquarium Park, Aqua Theatre Shows, Touch Tank, Predator Dive and many more.

10. Dubai Butterfly Garden

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At Dubai Butterfly Garden, you will get to experience a whole new level of paradise as you make your way to witness the fluttering butterflies. It is located in an indoor setting, where guests can gain access through various domes to discover close to 50 species, each with its unique shape, colour, and features. Through the Butterfly Museum and Educational Area located within the venue, visitors can now gain an in-depth understanding of the advancement of butterflies at each stage, making it the best place to visit with kids. 

Dubai is home to the largest manmade butterfly garden where more than 15000 butterflies of 26 various kinds live, breed, and enjoy a protected life! It’s a part of the world-famous Dubai Miracle Garden and is fully indoor. The Butterfly Garden is housed within 10 domes. Once you go inside, you will find butterflies of various colors. The Butterfly Garden is a natural outcome of the Dubai Miracle Garden which is home to millions of natural flowers. Flowers attract bees and butterflies for their nectar and shelter, the two most important factors already available in the abundance.

Dubai’s winter season, which is between November to March, would be the ideal time to plan your visit to the venue. It is highly recommended to arrive early mornings or late evenings to avoid a large crowd, enabling you to spend more time with your family and friends at the park.