At Dubai Dolphinarium you can see six bottlenose dolphins and six seals perform a show full of acrobatics, dancing, juggling, jumping through hoops, and painting. You read that right. Painting. The 45-minute show is a popular Dubai attraction, and receives over 30,000 visitors a month.
Opened by the Dubai government in 2008 in order to teach younger generations about marine life and protection of the environment, Dubai Dolphinarium is the first marine center in the Middle East to be fully indoors and air-conditioned. Photo sessions with the dolphins and seals are available, and you can also arrange to swim with the dolphins.
Another popular attraction at Dubai Dolphinarium is the Creek Park Bird Show, where over 20 species of bird fly over the audience. The dolphinarium is also home to the UAE’s only mirror maze, and a 5D and 7D cinema. There’s also a new, underwater-themed soft play area for small children.
Located at Gate 1 in Creek Park, the nearest metro station to Dubai Dolphinarium is Dubai Healthcare City. There is a small fee of AED 5 to enter Creek Park, where the Dubai Dolphinarium is located. Shows run from Monday to Saturday, at 11am, 3pm (only on Fridays and Saturdays), and 6pm. Adult tickets to the show cost AED 100, and children go for AED 50. VIP seats are also available. Swimming with dolphins is available Monday - Thursday for visitors aged 5 and over. Advance booking is required, and the swimming session lasts around 45 minutes with 20 minutes in the water.