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Best Places For Indoor Animal Encounters In The UAE

If you're looking for a place to take your kids to see animals, but feel like it's too hot for the zoo, plenty of indoor places in the UAE offer some exciting animal encounters. Whether you and your kids are up for some downtime with a friendly dog or want to come face-to-face with exotic animals, there's something for every explorer in the family.

Best Places For Kids to See Animals in the UAE

Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is definitely one of the most amazing indoor aquariums in the world, located in the heart of The Dubai Mall. It's an absolute must-visit for you and your kids. Featuring one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life in the world, Dubai Aquarium is where you can marvel at the wonders of the ocean floor and see thousands of aquatic animals, representing hundreds of marine species.

Ready to take your visit to Dubai Aquarium to the next level? Book the Ultimate Experience and enjoy access to a wide range of fun activities and features such as the Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo, Glass Boat Tour, Fish Feeding, Guided Behind the Scenes Tour, Penguin Cove Interactive Platform, Ocean VR, and get vouchers for the Aquarium Cafe and retail shop.

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Location:
The Dubai Mall, Downtown
Working Hours:
Sun-Wed 10:00 to 22:00, Thu-Sat until 00:00
Prices:
Starting from AED 225

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Treat the family to a day out at this butterfly garden with something new to discover around every corner. There are over 6000 butterflies from more than 26 different varieties, all flying, feeding, and flapping about among the flowers. It's the perfect spot for your little ones to run around and explore while staying comfortable in temperature-controlled domes of adventure.

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Location:
Dubai Butterfly Garden Al Barsha South 3
Working Hours:
Daily 9:00 to 18:00
Prices:
Adult: AED 53 Child 3-12yrs: AED 52 Under 3s: FREE People of Determination: FREE

Play With Dogs at PETME

Need a little cuddle with man's best friend? Join the “meet our PETME members” sessions where you can meet and play with awesome and friendly dogs. This is the perfect place to go if you or your kids would love to spend some fun time with a furry friend. 

Advance booking is required.

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Location:
PETME, Oasis Center
Working Hours:
Daily from 10:00
Prices:
30min Session : AED 50

The Green Planet

Take your family for a delightful day of making new friends in a lush tropical forest filled with extraordinary plants and animals. Whether you're curious, adventurous, young, or young at heart, The Green Planet promises an up-close experience with some of nature's marvels. To make your visit extra special, you can venture behind the scenes or conquer your fears with thrilling encounters with exotic birds, reptiles, insects, sloths, and even sugar gliders. Don't miss the chance to participate in the Meet & Greet experiences, where small groups of visitors get to hold and snap photos with The Green Planet's slinky snakes and scaly lizards! 

Keep an eye out for their exciting regular events and the amazing Zookeeper program. If your child adores furry friends and dreams of becoming a zookeeper, this is the perfect opportunity to make those dreams a reality. Young animal enthusiasts aged 9 to 16 can step into the shoes of a "Zookeeper" for a day and go on the adventure of a lifetime.

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Location:
City Walk, Al Wasl
Working Hours:
Daily 10:00 to 18:00
Prices:
Adult: AED 99 Child 3-12yrs: AED 69 Under 3s: FREE People of Determination: FREE

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

For thousands of years, people have been searching for the lost city of Atlantis. Well, we'll let you in on a little secret: it's right here in Dubai! Take the family on an adventure to discover the mysteries of the deep blue sea across 10 chambers of wildlife and over 20 exhibits to explore, all modeled after the the Lost City of Atlantis. You and your little explorers will learn fascinating facts about marine life while you watch 65,000 marine animals swim in the Ambassador Lagoon. 

Want to immerse yourself with the sea creatures? Try out the VR experience and pet wildlife and marine life creatures like polar bears and penguins and more! Not afraid to get your feet wet? Then really get in there with an Aquarium Dive ad swim with the fishes! So if you and the kids are looking to learn, explore, and be amazed, then The Lost Chambers Aquarium is a must-do for you.

Book now to get up to 15% off your tickets!

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Location:
Atlantis The Palm
Working Hours:
Daily 10:00 to 21:00
Prices:
Adult: AED 85 Child (3-7yrs): AED 75

Falcon World Tour

If you appreciate falcons, you will be ecstatic to visit Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital where they run exciting falcon tours for you and your family. These tours are a rare opportunity to see falcons up close and a chance to gain a deep insight into the world of the majestic birds. You will learn the history of falconry and discover how falcons live today. You will come closer to falcons than you ever thought possible. 

Saturday tours are available from October 1 to April 30.

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Location:
Abu Dhabi, Al Shamkha
Working Hours:
Sun-Thu 10:00 & 14:00
Prices:
Adult from AED 178.50 Child 5-9yrs from AED 63 Child below 5yrs: FREE

Boomah, The Owl Café

Abu Dhabi is now home to the region’s only owl café. Boomah Café is home to nine owls that you can learn about and hold when buying a ticket, under the supervision of trainers that care for the birds of prey. These birds aren't kept for entertainment; many of them wouldn't survive in the wild due to injury or disability, so the Café is the perfect place for kids and adults alike to learn about these magnificent birds. And a delicious meal on the side won't do any harm.

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Location:
Al Seef Village, Khalifah Park
Working Hours:
Daily 14:00 to 22:00
Prices:
Entry: AED 70

Arabia's Wildlife Centre

Discover the amazing diversity of indigenous wildlife found on the Arabian Peninsula at Sharjah Arabia's Wildlife Centre. The whole family will be amazed at the sight of wildcats, gazelles, Nubian ibex, flamingos, baboons, Arabian Leopards, and much more.

Timings may differ during public holidays and summer months.

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Location:
Al Bataeh - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
Working Hours:
Sun/Mon/Wed 9:00 to 17:30, Fri from 14:00, Sat from 11:00, Tue/Thu closed
Prices:
Adult: AED 15.0 Child 12-16yrs: AED 5.0 Child below 12yrs: FREE

The Butterfly House on Al Noor Island

Interact with over 500 species of exotic butterflies in their natural habitat, in this haven that resembles something straight out of fairytales. It has been ergonomically designed to let in natural light and retain humidity to be the perfect refuge for all kinds of butterfly species. Within the House, you'll also find a gift shop and a cafe where you can pop in for a break in the middle of all the exploring.

Timings may differ during public holidays and summer months.

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Location:
Al Noor Island
Working Hours:
Daily 9:00 to 18:00
Prices:
Adult: AED 15 Child 3-12yrs: AED 10

Sharjah Aquarium

Uncover the incredible hidden world of the deep sea at the Sharjah Aquarium and marvel at its amazing inhabitants. Take the whole family along and up-close and personal with the local fish and dive into learning about Sharjah’s rich history of coasts and ports.

Timings may differ during public holidays and summer months.

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Location:
Sharjah, Al Khan Old Area
Working Hours:
Sat-Thu 8:00 to 20:00, Fri from 14:00, Sun closed
Prices:
Adult: AED 25 Child 2-12yrs: AED 15 Child below 2yrs: FREE Seniors 60yrs+: FREE People of Determination: FREE