The Lost Chambers Aquarium opened in September 2008 and is located in Hotel Atlantis, the Palm on Palm Jumeirah Island. It is one of the world’s top ten most significant aquariums and a landmark tourist attraction in Dubai. The impressive aquarium of The Lost Chambers is designed and modeled on the theme of the lost fabled city of Atlantis. The aquarium facilitates its guests to discover and immerse themselves in the deep and exotic marine life, all while enjoying the atmosphere of the mythical lost city.
The lost chambers aquarium is composed of 10 beautiful chambers and around 21 marine exhibits that house over 250 species and more than 65,000 marine animals and are also decorated by ancient ruins and artifacts, resembling the legendary lost city of Atlantis. The aquarium is also famous for the large Ambassador Lagoon that holds up to 11-million-liter marine habitats and also for the diving experiences that are offered.
The aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the international gold standards for animal welfare, and also is a member World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), ensuring the guests that the aquarium meets the highest standards for animal care and welfare.
The interior design of the lost chambers aquarium is such that there are large hallways
around and between tanks decorated with a blend of ancient classical civilization accents and steampunk elements.
The Aquariums are illuminated perfectly to display the colors of the exotic marine life. A walk through the mysterious glass tunnels and underwater mazes of The Lost Chambers aquarium allows the guests to delve and witness amazing marine life, such as deadly sharks, lobsters, rays, eels, turtles, octopuses, seahorses, piranhas, and turtles. Two rare albino crocodiles, named Ali and Blue, that grew up from an early age in the aquarium are atop the attraction of the aquarium.
The lost chambers also include a ‘touch aquarium’ that allows you to touch and interact and even feed some of the world’s most exotic invertebrates, such as starfish and sea cucumbers.
Moreover, they offer a myth tour that is conducted every hour, based on the lost city of Atlantis and the thousand marine animals in the tank. Next to each of these tanks are tablets with apps and Bluetooth to facilitate learning more about any particular sea creature. Trained educators offer numerous high-quality educational programs and experiences on an up-close look at sea creatures and how they are taken care of.
Some of these programs are Marine Explorers Programme, Shark Specialist Programme, Dolphin Specialist Programme, Shark Snorkel Programme, Fish tales tour, and Ocean tales. During these programs, one gets to experience first-hand how to prepare food, take part in physical health examinations, and even hand feed some of the animals in the in-house fish hospital and nursery tours; one learns about breeding programs that help restore marine life in the Dubai waters and learn about conservation.
Also, for more experience, one could book a behind-the-scenes tour where they could witness what it is like to be a marine animal expert, and where they also share more details on each animal and even how The Lost Chambers was made. Moreover, 1 USD is said to be donated to conservation, sustainability, and environmental education initiatives for every marine experience booked.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium also offers its guests the opportunity to unwind and be rejuvenated by engaging in a humbling experience of underwater Hatha Yoga. This wellness discipline helps bring peace to mind and body while surrounding oneself with the unique aquatic atmosphere. The classes are open to all levels, with yoga mats and water bottles being provided. They also perform aqua theater shows where the guests can interact with comic divers who showcase different aspects of diving and marine life, followed by a feeding show.
The aquarium also lets you host private parties and gatherings, entertaining your guests with its magical setting.
The general open timing of The Lost Chamber Aquarium is from 10.00 AM to 9.00 PM daily, while it varies during special occasions such as Ramazan and Eid. One would need at least 2-3 hours to thoroughly explore the attraction, and the best time to visit the aquarium would be between 10.00 AM and 2.00 PM. Though the aquarium is open till 9.00 PM, it is best to be there at least by 6.00 or 7.00 PM.
The entrance ticket price for The Lost Chambers Aquarium is 29 dollars for adults and 22 dollars for children between the ages of 4 to 11 years old, while the entrance is free for the guests at Atlantis, The Palm.
The Lost Chambers Aquarium, having around 1.5M visitors each year, is sure to promise an Atlantean adventure for everyone who visits, be it one wants just to see or take part in the underwater scenes.
This aquarium is one of the prominent places in Dubai to visit and you will enjoy it with a memory of a lifetime.
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