If there’s one thing this city knows how to do well, it’s underwater displays. Not only is Dubai home to two of the world’s largest aquariums, at The Dubai Mall and Atlantis The Palm, the emirate also houses a dolphinarium, a rehabilitation turtle enclosure, the Dolphin Bay sanctuary and a handful of enormous hotel tanks.

Yet while the aquariums are pretty to look at and entice many an open-mouthed gawper, they’re not just for show. A couple of hotels are also involved in giving back to the sea, as the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project at Jumeirah Group illustrates. This year alone, 250 turtles have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild thanks to the programme. Following news that the Burj Al Arab has reopened its aquarium after a three-month refurb and Dubai Dolphinarium in Creek Park has recently launched a new show, we thought it was high time we visited the city’s best underwater hangouts to admire the marine life and learn about the species that live beneath the surface.

View Burj al Arab aquarium