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The Underwater world

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By Claude Fernandes, UAE [ Published Date: September 29, 2008 ]

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When the temperatures in UAE  keep  soaring high beyond 45 degree Celsius,  you may have very few choices in hand to enjoy your  weekend or  holidays with your family and  friends.  Some of the options available are either visiting a shopping mall, swimming, participating in  any indoor event (games or entertainment) or  visiting  any good  destination like the Sharjah Aquarium, which very few people in UAE, may be aware of .  That’s what we did during one of the weekends recently.    

We visited  the Sharjah Aquarium situated  in the Al Khan  district  of Sharjah   which  is  a  home to  a  different  variety  of   marine   species  of   the world.

The outer structure and  design of this Sharjah Aquarium will remind you  of the movie "Titanic"  because it has the shape of a huge ship.  Once you enter the venue the posters remind you of photographic etiquette not to use the camera  flash because it makes the fish sick.  As you tread ahead you are then lost in the underwater world which will  leave you spellbound.   The  tunnel with a glass enclosure in the basement which is approximately 50 meter long  will leave you amazed.  It makes you feel as though you are under the sea having a close glimpse of the different creatures experiencing and admiring the beauty of ocean life.  

You are totally  lost   admiring and capturing images  of  the colorful  and diverse underwater  world that is home to a variety of marine life in and  around the UAE.  It is at this point  you will hear a lot of  Ah’s, Oh’s and Yeah’s from the crowd that is engrossed in deep admiration of natures wonder  and creation.

It has so many different  species (more than 250) and if  you  observe closely you may see   the smallest clown fish ,  lion fish, delicate sea horses,  to moray eels, rays, reef sharks  and many more colorful fish.   There are touch  screens installed in different locations that give you an insight and  information about the fish, their lives and their habitats, and the different type of species that are seen in the aquarium.  They are basically classified into 5  different categories based on their shapes, viz.,  Horizontally  Flattened, Long and thin, Typical, Vertically Flattened and other fish. 

The aquarium was inaugurated June 6th  2008 by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi  UAE’s Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah.  It has been built with  British and local collaboration.  The extension area is  still under construction and will hold  many more bigger varieties  of the  ocean world. Once complete it will be known as the "Maritime Museum". 

The Entry Fee for Adults is AED 20 and for children between the age group of  6 -15 is AED 10.  Children below 5 years entry is  free.  There are special packages for families and groups. A family of 2 adults and 3 children pay AED 50.   An adult group of 6 or more persons can enter paying AED 15 per head and  children group can enter paying AED 5 per head.   It is open only four days of the week from Wednesday to Saturday  and is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  The timings are as follows:
Wednesday (for families only)  : 4:00 pm – 7.30 pm
Thursday : 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
 Friday : 3:00 pm - 8:00pm
Saturday : 9:00 am  - 8:00pm

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Claude Fernandes , UAE:
Stany, Shaly, Chris, Alphonse, Dots, Raj, Sooraj, Andy, Philip, Deepak, Durga, and Ann - Thank you for your valuable comments. I would like to express my gratitude to all those who found time to view these pictures. The note from Ms. Ann Irish shows that any interesting topic can be read by anyone, conditional that it is published by a wonderful person like Roshan D'Souza our webmaster who has provided us this platform. He is not only good in his presentation skills (layout) but in addition to that he gives each and every photograph a very special touch. That makes a big difference and then I say to myself, Wow!! this looks so much better now. I called up Ann today to thank her for those few lines and she told me that someone forwarded the link to her. Thanks to that someone special who took time and efforts to do that.
Ann Irish, Operations Manager, UAE:
Hi Claude -

Many thanks for your supportive comments and wonderful photos. We are of course delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Aquarium, and hope that you will come and see us again another day. (We will have our new Maritime Museum open here on the same Al Khan site by the end of 2008, so even more to see and enjoy!). Kind regards.
Durgadas.S, UAE:
Hi Claude

Beautiful pictures nice photography only a talented person can take these pictures. Good work Claude please continue your works.
Deepak Pereira Muscat, Oman:
Hi Claude........
Nice Pictures man truly amazing place... Well I would like to visit this place when I get a chance to visit Dubai next time.........Great write up and good work Claude.........
Philip D'Souza, UAE:
Thanks for giving us the location map.
Andy Domondon, UAE:
Hi Claude,

Thanks for sharing, I will visit the park one day.

sooraj al wahda mall, UAE:
Hi man, amazing photography...keep it up
Rajanikanth Shenoy, Kudpi, India :
Lovely pics Claude. Thoroughly enjoyed them and the well informative article.
Dots Rego, Chicago, USA :
Hi Claude,

Breathtaking pictures of the underworld aquarium. Great photography!
Keep clicking more for us Claude!!
alphonse, India :
hi Claude,

great work, very good pics indeed, these are truly and very professional photographs.

Keep it up and next time let me know when you visit places like this, I will be pleased to accompany you.
Chris Rego, UAE:
Fantastic pics, Claude! Which cam did you shoot with?
Shaly Pereira, India :
Hi Claude,

Beautiful pics and a gr8 write-up. I can see the Sharjah Aquarium is a popular place for both adults and kids. Thanks for sharing.
Stany D'Souza, USA :
Those are really wonderful pictures Claude. The underworld aquarium tunnel must be breathtaking! That too 50 metres long. That is the finest quality time one can have injoying the natural beauty of variety of types of fishes swimming at close quarters.

Thanks for bringing Sharjah Aquarium to our door steps!
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