‘Jewels of Arabia’ will display life from the wadis of Arabia, the wilderness of its deserts, the depths of the Arabian Sea and the shallow shores and reefs. Visitors can revel in the sheer diversity of the Arabian fauna, and learn fascinating details about their way of life and how they adapt to the natural environment.
Gordon White, general manager of Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, says: ‘The Arabian bio-diversity will captivate every nature-lover with the animals demonstrating intelligent adaptive mechanisms that help them survive the harsh conditions of the desert. The seas of the Arabian Peninsula, similarly, have a wealth of aquatic animals that will charm you with their features.’
The Jewels of Arabia showcase will include aquatic animals such as the Arabian Killifish, found in UAE mountain wadis and coastal lagoons, which can withstand temperatures as high as 46C; the Oman blind cave fish; the blue-spotted ray, which has bright blue spots and venomous spines; and the common lionfish, with its distinctive red and white strips and elongated fins.
The common clownfish, which found Hollywood fame in Disney’s Finding Nemo, will be on show, while the aquarium will also show turtles tagged as part of the World Wildlife Fund Protection Fund that will be released to their natural habitat shortly.
Tickets for the ‘Jewels of Arabia’ experience can be bought from the counters at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, priced from Dhs50.