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Natural Tourism in the UAE

There are more than just camels to gaze at here in the desert. From petting zoos to pony farms, snake pits to shark tanks, gather up your little critters and explore the amazing variety of family friendly facilities we have access to. It’s time to get some animal action in. As well Dubai offers one  of the most stunning botanical gardens within the world.

 

Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo

Al Ain Zoo has been entertaining and educating animal lovers since it opened in 1968, and features a large collection of local wildlife as well as giraffes, reptiles and big cats adding up to 184 different species. Best attractions: African white lions. Open year round 9am- 8pm and 10am-10pm during public holidays,. Al Ain City, www.awpr.ae (03 799 2000).

Al Tamimi Stables

Al Tamimi Stables

This family friendly private farm and education centre in the deserts of neighbouring Sharjah is home to a menagerie of creatures, not just the equestrian kind, and features a petting zoo as well as a whole host of other activities. There are pony rides, falcon displays, sporting facilities including basketball and badminton courts, football fields. Saturdays to Thursdays 9am-6pm. Located near Sharjah International Airport, off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road/E311 exit 81, or E611 exit 84 to Al Zubail. www.taministables.com (06 743 1122)

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo boasts the Guinness Book of Records largest acrylic panel in the world, and the biggest suspended aquarium, which visitors to Dubai Mall can view freely whilst strolling round the shops. The Underwater Zoo is on 3 levels and is home to over 140 different species of aquatic animals plus a few creepy crawlies too. Sunday-Wednesday 10am-10pm, Thursday- Saturday 10am-12midnight. The Dubai Mall. www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).

Emirates Park Zoo

Emirates Park Zoo

Emirates Park Zoo has a colourful collection of creatures to see, as well as a family friendly farm for kids to get interactive with all sorts of little creatures. Aiming to raise environmental issues as well as fostering an understanding of all things great and small, kids can learn whilst still having fun plus the park has plenty of amenities. Sunday- Wednesday 9.30am-8pm, Thursdays and Public Holidays 9.30am-9pm. Al Bahia, 35km from Abu Dhabi, 45 mins from Dubai on the Abu Dhabi/Dubai Road. www.emiratesparkzoo.com (02 563 3100).