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Best Places Where You Can Explore Animals In Dubai And Abu Dhabi

January 23, 2023 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

Animals are such beautiful mysterious organisms that we all love and admire, especially our tiny little humans. That is why, we have gathered for you the best places where you can explore animals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. From an enchanting underwater zoo to a massive safari park, these places offer you and your family a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the World's most fascinating creatures!

Dubai Safari Park

A safari experience is probably on most people's bucket list, and it seems like a far-fetched dream for many. But that dream is closer than ever thanks to Dubai Safari Park. 

Dubai Safari Park promises an authentic safari experience right here in Dubai. Home to over 2,500 animals from all over the world, the park is divided into a number of ‘villages’ that group the animals according to their geographical themes: Asia, Africa, Arabia and the Explorers' village which is home to the kings of the jungle - the lions. All these villages are conveniently accessible using the park's hop-on-hop-off service. 

Kiddos have the amazing opportunity of interacting with lots of different animals through activities like giraffe feeding, the Grand Aviary which houses various birds, and the Kids Farm. You and your family can also experience the world's first drive-thru crocodile exhibit, and the UAE's only drive-thru tiger and hippo exhibit. Just the best way to explore animals! 

Book now with Kidzapp and save on your General Admission Tickets plus earn Cashback! 

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Ras Al Khor Rd
Working Hours:
Daily 9:00 to 17:00
General Admission from AED 20

The Green Planet

The Green Planet is an awesome way for you and your family to explore exotic birds, reptiles, sloths, bugs and even sugar gliders! 

Set within a tropical forest full of exotic flora and fauna, The Green Planet is the perfect way to discover nature's many wonders. If you're brave enough, you and your family have the chance to sign up for Meet & Greet experiences, where you can get up close and personal with snakes and lizards!  At the Australian Walkabout, you will be able to venture through a fascinating multi-species exhibit that will enlighten you about all the awesome creatures native to the 'Land Down Under'. There are also other numerous encounters which you can explore, including: Sloth Encounter, Reptile Encounter, Bug Encounter, Sugar Glider Encounter, Piranhas Encounter and Bird Encounter

Book through Kidzapp and get 15% OFF Gate Prices and earn Cashback! 

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City Walk, Al Wasl
Working Hours:
Daily 11:00 to 18:00
Adult : AED 135
Child 2-10yrs : AED 115
Child under 2yrs : FREE
People of Determination : FREE

The Ripe Market at Police Academy Park

The Ripe Market at Police Academy Park is one of Dubai's most loved community events and for good reason! There's lots to do at this wonderful market that champions local businesses and talented creators. 

Kiddos have lots to do as well while you shop for your local produce. There's a petting zoo where they can discover all kinds of animals and interact with them, and they also have the chance to go horseback riding! There are also lots of educational activities, live entertainment, fun and engaging workshops and even fitness classes. So you do not want to miss out on this awesome market experience! 

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Dubai Police Academy, Al Sufouh 3
Working Hours:
Oct 15 - May 28, Sat 09:00 to 22:00, Sun until 19:00
Kids under 12yrs : FREE
Entry : AED 5

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Go on an exciting aquatic adventure at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, where you and your family can discover the fascinating underwater life and meet its residents like sharks, piranha and stingrays.

The Aquarium is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world, so expect to have an unprecedented experience with marine life. Their walk-through tunnel is 48-metres long and offers 270-degree unfiltered views from 11 metres below the surface of the tank. There's also an option to board a glass-bottom boat so you can get unique views of the tank right under your feet. For the brave hearts, there's a Cage Snorkelling Experience, where you can take a dip in the tank and there's also a Shark Dive experience where, as the name suggests, you can dive alongside sharks and rays! 

Finally, the Underwater Zoo is also a great way to discover a wide range of aquatic creatures such as: Otters, Piranha, Humbolt Penguins, African Dwarf Crocodiles, Lionfish, Giant Spider Crabs, Seahorses, Garden Eels, Archerfish, Arapaima, Water Rats, Paddlefish, Cichlids, Nautilus and lots more amazing aquatic animals in 40 individual aquatic displays.

Book easily with Kidzapp and get up to 15% OFF your tickets plus earn Cashback! 

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The Dubai Mall, Downtown
Working Hours:
Mon-Thu 10:00 to 22:00, Fri-Sun until 00:00
Tickets from AED 120

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

Discover the Lost City of Atlantis and all its wonders right here in Dubai at The Lost Chambers Aquarium! 

You and your family will be able to discover 10 chambers of wildlife, explore over 20 exhibits and watch 65,000 marine animals swim the Ambassador Lagoon. There are also plenty of exciting activities that you can partake in like an immersive VR experience, an Aquarium Dive and even Yoga Underwater classes. It's an experience not to be missed!

Book easily with Kidzapp and earn up to AED 40 Cashback!

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Atlantis The Palm
Working Hours:
Daily 10:00 to 21:00
Adult : AED 120
Child 3-7yrs : AED 95

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Discovery the beautiful creature that is the butterfly at Dubai Butterfly Garden. With over 6000 butterflies from more than 26 different varieties, you and your family will be left mesmerized. You will be able to watch the beauties as they fly, feed and flap about among colourful flowers. It's truly a sight to behold! 

Save on your General Admission tickets with Kidzapp!

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Dubai Butterfly Garden Al Barsha South 3
Working Hours:
Daily 9:00 to 18:00
Adult : AED 52
Child 3-12yrs : AED 50
Under 3s : FREE
People of Determination : FREE

Emirates Park Zoo

Emirates Park Zoo will be your favorite destination for a fun family day out filled with animal sighting and interaction. 

With over 1,400 wild animals and pets, it's the perfect place to get up close and personal with animals. Housing hippos, flamingos, reptiles to name a few, you and your family will have plenty of activities to partake in like feeding of giraffes, elephants, goats, monkeys and hippos. There are also lots of exciting animal shows and presentations like a Sea Lion presentation, Elephant Encounter and Tropical Birds Show!

Book with Kidzapp and get up to 20% OFF your Emirates Park Zoo tickets

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Al Bahyah, Abu Dhabi
Working Hours:
Mon-Thu 9:00 to 20:00, Fri-Sun until 21:00
Tickets from AED 45

Arabia's Wildlife Centre

Head to the Sharjah Arabia's Wildlife Centre to learn all about the indigenous wildlife found on the Arabian Peninsula. You and your family will be fascinated by the sight of wildcats, Nubian ibex, gazelles, baboons, flamingos, Arabian leopards and many more of the diverse wildlife residing at the centre. It's truly an unique enlightening experience that both kiddos and adults will enjoy!

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Al Bataeh - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
Working Hours:
Sat/Sun/Mon/Wed/Thu 11:00 to 17:30, Fri from 14:00, Tue closed
Adult : AED 15
Child 12-16yrs : AED 5
Child below 12yrs : FREE

The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi

Go on a fish-tastic journey with your family and explore, experience and engage with over 46,000 animals at the National Aquarium. 

Walk through the largest tunnel in the Middle East, where you will be surrounded by 22,000 marine animals and divers. You and the little ones will be get a chance to learn all about the Arabian Gulf's precious inhabitants and how best to protect them. You also have the chance to go on a Meet & Greet experience, take a private guided tour, walk on a glass bridge, go on a behind the scenes tour, board a glass bottom boat and feed some fish

Book easily with Kidzapp and earn Cashback! And if your kiddos are passionate about marine life, you can sign them up for the National Aquarium's Junior Marine Biologist Program. And for the adventurous souls, you can sign up for the Aquarium's Scuba Diving Program

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Al Khaleej Al Arabi St., Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi
Working Hours:
Daily 10:00 to 22:00
Tickets from AED 105

Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo is a unique wildlife park that is home to over 3,500 animals

The zoo offers you and your family an opportunity to feed animals, watch awesome animal shows, and learn about all the incredible creatures in a fun and engaging way. You have plenty of exciting experiences to choose from including Penguin Parade, Reptile Encounter, Lemur Walk, Dinner with the Lions, Giraffe Feeding, Hippo and Crocodile Exhibit and Camel, Horse and Pony Rides and much more. You can even add a safari tour for an incredible and exhilarating experience!

Book with Kidzapp and save on General Admission and Safari Truck tickets

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Al Ain Zoo, Shiab Al Ashkhar
Working Hours:
Daily 9:00 to 20:00
General Admission
Adult : AED 28.35
Child 3-12yrs : AED 9.45
Child below 3yrs : FREE
Safari Truck
Adult : AED 189
Child 5-12yrs : AED 189

Al Noor Island

Al Noor Island is a beautiful serene island in the heart of Sharjah that offers a mix of urban life and Arabic culture. 

The island has its very own Butterfly House where you and your kiddos can explore, admire and watch the beautiful colourful creatures roaming about. There are also plenty of other activities to enjoy like a kids' playground, lots of art installations to admire, a Literature Pavilion, and Noor Cafe for a healthy snack

Book with Kidzapp and get 15% OFF Entry Tickets, including a ticket with Butterfly House access! 

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Al Noor Island
Working Hours:
Sat-Wed 9:00 to 23:00, Thu-Fri until 00:00
Self-Guided Tour WITH Butterfly House Access
Adult : AED 42.5
Child : AED 25.5
Self-Guided Tour WITHOUT Butterfly House Access
Adult : AED 29.75
Child : AED 17

Animal Barn at Umm Al Emarat Park

Head to Umm Al Emarat Park and check out their wonderful animal barn with ponies, rabbits, pygmy goats, rabbits, camel, tortoises and Emu Birds. You and your kiddos will love the cosy and laid back atmosphere, where you will feel like you're on a private tour of the barn as it has a limited capacity of 12 people at a time! 

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Umm Al Emarat Park
Working Hours:
Daily 8:00 to 00:00, last entry at 23:00
Park Entry : AED 10

Sharjah Aquarium

Make your way to the Sharjah Aquarium and explore the fascinating deep sea world. You and your kiddos will be able to discover all the amazing underwater creatures of the Aquarium, while also learning about Sharjah's historic ports and coasts

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

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