We wait for it every year – the fin-tastic week all about the king of the oceans. But why watch shark week on TV when you can experience it with the ‘Sharkman’ himself right here in Dubai
This summer, Atlantis The Palm is joining forces with world-renowned conservationist ‘Sharkman’ Mike Rutzen and the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment for an action-packed Shark Week celebration.
From Sunday July 28 until Saturday August 3, all are welcome to join the famed Sharkman in an array of activities, including the chance to dive alongside him as he explores Atlantis’ Ambassador Lagoon.
From Sunday to Tuesday, guests can join the celebrity diver in the resort’s ‘Shark Discovery’ activity, now at a discounted price of Dhs1,305.
Giving non-certified scuba divers a chance to experience a dive, they’ll learn about Atlantis’ array of marine creatures, from its basking sharks to the cownose rays, from the expert himself.
That’s not all, as Rutzen will also be holding a special Q&A session at The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Taking place on Tuesday at July 30 at 2pm, over the hour he will be conducting an exciting talk about interacting with sharks and shark conservation, and even tell his story of taking dives with Great White Sharks. We’re intrigued.
The special talk is priced at Dhs110, and is completely free for kids aged from three to 11, if the kids wear a shark-themed outfit.
Along with the special events with the Sharkman himself, Atlantis The Palm will be offering a ten percent discount on all of its shark-based activities, from the ‘Shark Explorer’ to the ‘Predator Dive’ (where you can actually hand-feed the sharks. Wild.)
You’ll know Mike Rutzen from ‘Beyond Fear’ with National Geographic, along with ‘Sharkman’ and ‘Shark Night’ on Discovery Channel. He is known as one of the few people in the world who free-dives with Great White Sharks and campaigns for their preservation around the world.
“We recently completed a scientific study which, based on genetic diversity of the population, indicated that there are only 353 to 522 great white sharks left around the African coastline. It’s time to do something for the species, before it’s too late,” said Mike Rutzen.
“We wanted to work with Mike Rutzen because he is one of the world’s most hard-working conservationists. By hosting someone like Mike, The Lost Chambers Aquarium is able to help raise appreciation of these magnificent animals and raise awareness of their plight,” said director of The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Natasha Christie.
How to get onboard with all the toothy deals? Check out all the promotions by visiting Atlantis The Palm’s website and book yourself a spot by calling +971 4 426 2000.
Shark week, here we come.
Prices vary. Sun Jul 29-Tue Jul 30, times vary. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com/marine-water-park/lost-chambers-aquarium (04 426 2000).