The National Aquarium is set to house the largest shark and ray collection in the Middle East

The National Aquarium is set to house the largest shark and ray collection in the Middle East



The National Aquarium will be the largest aquarium in the Middle East and will be home to 46,000 creatures spread across ten zones when it opens later this year.

The National Aquarium (TNA), located in the burgeoning lifestyle hub of Al Qana, Abu Dhabi, will showcase an astonishing biodiversity of species when it opens its doors later this year.  

The largest aquarium in the region will house over 200 sharks and rays, representing 25 different species. Teeming with marine life, the aquarium will provide guests with a remarkable opportunity to delve into a submarine world and discover the awe-inspiring variety of species found within our oceans. 

The magnificent ecosystem is also the only place in the UAE to house a school of Scalloped Hammer Head Sharks. In addition, Bull Sharks will also make their debut in the region and guests will be able to see first-hand what is widely considered to be one of the most dangerous shark species in the world. Other species on display will include Sand Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Zebra Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Shovelnose Rays, Cownose Rays and Freshwater Rays. 

The National Aquarium

With shark numbers in the wild dwindling due to over-fishing, the team at The National Aquarium is seeking to turn fear into fascination and educate visitors about these apex predators. A highlight of The National Aquarium will be the feeding demonstrations and a one of a kind public ‘Shark Encounter’ in which guests will be able to hand-feed sharks as large as two meters long.

Paul Hamilton, General Manager at The National Aquarium, commented: “We cannot wait for our opening this year, to reveal our array of animals and animal-related activities. In general, people have a fear of sharks and we want to celebrate these fascinating creatures that are so crucial to the health of our oceans. We are hoping that through personal interaction, the aquarium will help people overcome any fears and perceptions that they might have. Most importantly, we look forward to providing our visitors with an unrivalled and memorable edutainment experience on each and every visit.” 

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