Traveling to these places can create lasting memories for children interacting with animals, providing valuable educational opportunities
Sea World Abu Dhabi. — FILE PHOTO
If you’re looking for fun-filled activities to enjoy with your children during Eid holidays, or just for a weekend outing, consider a visit to a zoo within your own emirate, or explore the exciting animal encounters on offer throughout the emirate Numerous places in the UAE.
Sea World Abu Dhabi, the largest marine life theme park in the region, opened to the public last week and is the latest addition to the country’s exquisite mega-attraction.
Visiting these attractions creates lasting memories for children interacting with animals and provides valuable educational opportunities.
Here’s a list of some exciting options to make animal encounters truly memorable.
Sea World Abu Dhabi
Sea World Abu Dhabi. — FILE PHOTO
Sea World Abu Dhabi covers 183,000 square meters divided into eight zones and is home to more than 100,000 marine animals. From Abu Dhabi Ocean to what was once Ocean – the park’s hub-and-spoke model takes visitors to other realms: Micro Ocean, Endless Ocean, Tropical Ocean, Rocky Point, Polar Ocean and Arctic and Antarctica (the latter not yet open).
Overall, there are more than 15 interactive experiences and rides, 100 animal experiences and displays, including more than 10 up-close animal encounters, and 20 live-action characters and performances. In addition, there are 18 dining experiences above and below water, and 13 shopping experiences.
It is located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and tickets can be purchased online. Tickets are AED 375 for adults and AED 290 for children, with children under three entering free.
Al Ain Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Park
Al Ain Zoo is home to an impressive collection of over 4,000 animals and offers visitors a range of exciting experiences. From up close giraffe feeding to camel rides and the charming Elezba petting zoo, there’s fun for everyone.
As the largest and most famous zoo in the region, Al Ain Zoo prides itself on its spacious and well-maintained facilities.
Native and exotic species are housed in the zoo’s transparent enclosures, giving visitors the opportunity to observe Arabian oryx, Barbary sheep with impressive horns, rhinos, hippos, tigers, lions and more.
The zoo is located near Al Ain Women’s College, Higher College of Technology (HCT), Al Nahyan the First Street.
Tickets cost Dh30 for adults and Dh10 for children aged 3 to 12. Individuals can enjoy a 10% discount if they book online through alainzoo.ae.
Emirates Park Zoo and Resort
At Emirates Park Zoo, people will have the opportunity to encounter a variety of animals. Guests should be prepared to come face-to-face with majestic wild cats, including lions, tigers and leopards. They can witness the grace of herbivores such as giraffes and zebras, and observe the playful antics of primates such as capuchin monkeys. The vibrant birdlife includes magnificent owls, hawks, hawks and colorful parrots. Also, reptiles and other fascinating creatures are there.
For thrill seekers, add an extra layer of excitement to your visit with the exhilarating zipline experience. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, they even offer the chance to dine with elephants for a lifetime of memories. Don’t forget to feed the hungry hippos to add a touch of adventure to your zoo experience.
The Emirates Park Zoo is located in the Al Shahama area of Abu Dhabi. The ticket price is Dh50 per person, and children under the age of three can enter for free.
Dubai Safari is a seasonal venue and is closed during the summer months. The park covers an area of 119 hectares. It provides a home for approximately 3,000 animals representing a rich and diverse wildlife. In this expansive park, you can encounter 78 species of mammals, including an impressive 10 different species of carnivore and 17 species of primate. The park also inhabits 50 species of reptiles, 111 species of birds, and various amphibians and invertebrates. Home to a wide variety of animals, Dubai Safari Park offers visitors a fantastic opportunity to observe and admire the wonders of the animal kingdom.
Guests can go on a safari at Explorer Village and enjoy bird shows. Shows like World of Fantastic Creatures at the Asian Village Theater are sure to impress the kids. Besides that, giraffe feeding, bird feeding, goat feeding and pony walks are its other major attractions in the home.
Located at Al Warqa 5, Hatta Road, Dubai Safari Park offers a variety of ticket options to suit different preferences and experiences. Ticket categories are divided according to the desired experience. Day Passes start at AED 50 for adults, AED 20 for children aged 3 to 12, and free entry for children under three. Two accompanying deciders who can present the original decider card can enter for free.
Dubai Crocodile Park
Crocodile Park opens just days before Eid 2023, and animal lovers can rejoice at the newest family-friendly attraction. Covering 20,000 square meters, the park is home to 250 lively Nile crocodiles and a variety of reptiles of all ages thrive in a climate-controlled environment. Visitors will experience 150 adult crocodiles, 30 males and 120 females.
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The park also offers a range of family-friendly experiences, including a dedicated one-of-a-kind natural history museum, an African lake-themed aquarium and a large outdoor landscaped area.
Visitors have the opportunity to witness these majestic creatures from different angles and enjoy feeding them at several feeding stations.
Dubai Crocodile Park is located in Mushrif, Dubai, next to Mushrif Park. Tickets are AED 95 for adults and AED 75 for children aged 3 to 12.
Families can visit the Green Planet with the Biodome, which consists of four floors: Canopy, Midstory, Forest Floor and Flooded Rainforest.
Residents of the UAE now have the opportunity to participate in their official ‘Adopt an Animal’ programme. This unique initiative allows individuals to support and care for the fascinating variety of creatures in the rainforest, which features more than 3,000 species of plants and animals in four indoor rainforest layers.
Animal lovers can choose to adopt some remarkable species such as Lemon the sloth, Kendrick the lemur, Amar the slow loris and many more. By participating in the program, individuals can commit to one year of ongoing care and support for an animal of their choice.
Otherwise, just as tourists, children and adults will learn about different flora and fauna, cultivation and sustainable development methods while learning about interconnected systems.
It is located on Al Wasl City Walk in Downtown Dubai. Regular tickets are priced at Dh140 and Dh110 by booking online. Children under 3 are free.
Sharjah Arabian Wildlife Center
At the Arabian Wildlife Centre, visitors have the opportunity to immerse themselves in four fascinating attractions. This desert park is a haven for a variety of creatures, including Arabian oryx, cheetahs, baboons, hyenas, and plenty of snakes, bugs, and reptiles.
At the Islamic Botanical Gardens, visitors can explore the country’s native flora, fauna, and herbs and spices. Popular with children and adults alike, the Natural History Museum has interactive exhibits covering a wide range of topics, from the Big Bang and dinosaur fossils to hands-on experiments with electricity.
For younger visitors, the zoo offers a delightful opportunity to interact closely with donkeys, peacocks, goats, camels and more.
It is located on Al Dhaid Road, Junction 9, Sharjah. Tickets are AED 20 per adult and children under 13 are free.
Emirates Gnome Zoo in Ajman
Ajman’s Pygmy Zoo offers a range of family-friendly attractions, including horseback riding, animal feeding, interaction with puppies and cats, and photo opportunities with parrots. In addition, there are play areas and outdoor cinemas specially designed for children, as well as various food vendors.
The zoo is located in the Al Zorah development in Ajman. Tickets start from AED 15 for adults and AED 10 for children aged 3 to 12. Children under three years old enter free.
Umm Al Quwain – Zoo Safari
At Umm Al Quwain Zoo Wildlife Park, visitors have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals such as lions, tigers, bears and crocodiles, as well as Habuba, the park’s beloved celebrity orangutan. Habuba is happy to accompany guests on their walks in the park. In addition, you will have the opportunity to feed the animals and participate in horseback riding.
The Zoo is located on E55 Al Shuwaib-Umm Al Quwain Road, Kabir – Alzubair. Tickets for all age groups are Dh25.
RAK Zoo covers an area of 1 million square meters and has more than 40 kinds of wild, rare and endangered animals. This includes African and white lions, white and extremely rare golden tigers, black leopards, cheetahs and a variety of beautiful birds, the zoo offers a fascinating experience.
In addition, the zoo’s facilities are not limited to animal enclosures, but include women’s and children’s riding clubs for training purposes, restaurants and cafes, dedicated areas with children’s toys, bicycle paths, trails for horse and camel riding, family facilities, etc. – Friendly walking areas and designated seating areas.
RAK Zoo is located near Saqr Park in Ras Al Khaimah. Tickets are priced at Dh40 per person. Children under four enter free.
Hatta Bee Discovery Center
Located in the Al Hajar Mountains, the Hatta Honey Bee Garden and Discovery Center offers an immersive experience where visitors can interact with the world of bees and learn about its fragile ecosystem.
After the visit, people will have the opportunity to join a tour or workshop to explore the center and its surroundings on a guided tour. People can walk among the 300 hives and observe the complex workings of the colony up close. During your visit, you can learn about the role of different bees in the hive, the process of honey production, and the important role of bees in pollination and maintaining biodiversity.
It’s located on Al Fay Road in Hatta, and tickets are priced at Dh50 per adult and Dh30 per child.