I already introduced you to the Sharjah Maritime Museum in a previous posting. Right next to this place, there is another Sharjah City Museum about life and water – the Sharjah Aquarium. I had visited the aquarium in the past already – but during my May 2021, I planned to visit it again to share my thoughts with you. Enjoy the review!
Sharjah Aquarium – Location & Admission
All the location information I wrote about the Maritime Museum apply for the Sharjah Aquarium as well. The best way to reach this place is by car, the two museums feature a sufficiently large parking lot. There is limited public transport (at least in a way that it is transparent for tourists) in Sharjah, so a taxi is a nice option to get there as well. The poshest way would be the FR5 Dubai Ferry connection from Al Ghubaiba in the historic part of Dubai.
The hours are in line with the Maritime museum: Sharjah Aquarium is opening daily from 8:00 to 20:00 hrs. On Fridays, however, they open doors from 14:00 hrs only. Ramadan limits the opening times significantly to Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 to 14:00 hrs, no opening on Fridays and Sundays. The adult admission is 25 AED, some 5.50 Euro, and does included the admission for both museums.
Sharjah Aquarium – The Visit
The key mission of Sharjah Aquarium is to present the local / regional aquatic wildlife.Thus, the first aquarium also features Al Khan beach, the coastal area right in front of the place you are actually visiting. This does not feel to limit your visit – the marine life in the are is quite rich, so that you finally also have some kinds of shark, starfish or slightly scarier beings. There are touchscreens which educate you about the different species in display.
After some habitats, you walk down to basement level and are able to explore the major basin from different angles. Sharjah Aquarium thereby also features a tunnel which allows you to walk “though” the aquarium and watch the inhabitants. It is really cool and enjoyable. After the tunnel, you are are rather heading towards smaller displays and can concentrate on certain species.
Does not feel like a small place
Like all of these modern aquariums are built, you in fact visit the major aquarium from different points and on different levels. The visit at Sharjah Aquarium is thereby very entertaining – I stayed there for more time than I did at the Dubai Aquarium I visited before this place. Before you head towards the exit, there are some nice smaller basins and you can explore the large one from above again. Finally, there is also a small exhibition about plastic and water pollution.
Sharjah Aquarium – Services
At the end of your visit, you can have a bite at the nice cafe or spend some money in the souvenir store. There are the typical aquarium gifts like new plushy friends, but also a lot of literature about Sharjah and the U.A.E..available.
Sharjah Aquarium – My View
Especially if you look at the value for money, the Sharjah Aquarium is to me the best option to explore some new fishy friends in the United Arab Emirates. The atmosphere is relaxed, the place is really well driven and informative. You feel a lot of love and pride to run this place. In addition, you do not get too close with other guests as you do in Dubai Aquarium or The Lost Chambers Aquarium at the Atlantis Hotel. I really love it in Sharjah!
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