Sharjah Aquarium

Hubby 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 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!

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

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54 Responses to Sharjah Aquarium

  1. Laila says:

    Nice Pictures ! Hope you enjoyed your time there!

  2. Rainbow In the Grey Sky says:

    MashaAllah, tabbarak Allah a very nice outing, love the look of the aquarium.

  3. nadia says:

    Laila and Rainbow – JazakAllah Khair. Yes, we had a great time!

  4. Usha says:

    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

  5. nadia says:

    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 🙂

  6. SJ says:

    Thanx 4 d info regardg d museum..My 4nds also told tht its a must-see place..have 2 go too!!

  7. nadia says:

    You’re welcome, SJ. I’m sure you’ll have a great time too 🙂

  8. syedabdulhameed says:

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

  9. nadia says:

    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 🙂

  10. Anjana says:

    Hi,

    Thanks. Its nice to see photos of the aquarium before hand going there. Looks like I’m going to be busy shooting in there .. 😀

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

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

    There is a family package as well (unfortunately I can’t remember details of it)

    Hope this helps

    Cheers
    Anjana

  11. nadia says:

    Hey Anjana, thank you for the additional details! Have fun 🙂

  12. Vinita says:

    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.

  13. Oribis Non Sufficit 007 says:

    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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  14. nadia says:

    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 🙂

  15. nadia says:

    You’re welcome, Oribis. Yes, I had a splendid time. I’m sure you’ll have a great time yourself 🙂

    Have fun!

  16. Chitra says:

    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

  17. nadia says:

    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 🙂

    Glad you had a great time with your family.

  18. Basith says:

    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

  19. nadia says:

    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 🙂

    Have a fun-filled day with the fishes!

  20. fernan says:

    nice pics

  21. fernan says:

    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^_^

  22. vinayak says:

    is it free now?if it is not could you please tell me the rate.

  23. nadia says:

    You can find the ticket rates here. Entrance is no longer free.
    I have explained the directions to the aquarium in my post.
    Have a great day!

  24. Mrs.Augustine says:

    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….

  25. nadia says:

    Mrs. Augustine, thank you for dropping by. I’m glad I was able to help 🙂

  26. fadii says:

    this is amazing, beutiful n natural..good for the kids

  27. vikas says:

    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

  28. zafar says:

    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.

  29. Annie says:

    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

  30. prasad says:

    thanks for info,

    please let me know timings and opening week days

  31. Denis Eugene Arackal says:

    Hope to visit there soon. Pictures all seem amazing. Thx

    ~ Thanks, Denis. I hope you have a good time 🙂

  32. Preeti says:

    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

  33. nadia says:

    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

  34. Yasmeen says:

    Exotic Aquarium! I dream of visiting Dubai someday Inshallah:)

  35. nadia says:

    InshaAllah, you will 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!

  36. fahada says:

    It;s Good

  37. Sheela K says:

    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!!!

  38. nadia says:

    Sheela, thank you so much. Hope you have a fabulous time at the aquarium 🙂

  39. Zafarul Ansari says:

    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

  40. nadia says:

    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.

  41. Ali Mohammed Ali says:

    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

  42. Hans Sachs says:

    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.

  43. shahista says:

    Please can i have the following information.

    In a week how many days its open and what are its timings ?

  44. nadia says:

    Opening hours

    Fri: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Sat: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Wed: 4:00 pm –7:30 pm (Families only)
    Thurs: 9:00 am – 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

  45. anne says:

    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.

  46. nadia says:

    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 🙂

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  50. ahmad says:

    thanx for info

  51. Dilhani says:

    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

  52. naqiyah says:

    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.

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