On Thursday, April 2nd, we celebrated Micah’s 3rd birthday. ❤
We originally planned on going down to Wild Wadi Water Park, but, of course, we woke up to a huge sand storm that took over the city.
So, that destroyed our water park birthday plans!
Instead, we took a taxi down to the Dubai Mall to finally visit the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. I wanted to go right when it opened at 10 am but that didn’t end up working out and we got there at around 2 pm. If we had followed my initial plan of starting off Micah’s birthday celebration early, I know that our trip would have turned out way better than it ultimately did…
Anyone who goes to the Dubai Mall can see the aquarium (sort of difficult to hide one of the biggest aquariums in the world), but you must stay behind a barrier. Those who pay for admission can go right up next to the glass and give sass eyes to those who didn’t pay. (╯◕_◕)╯
The view behind the rope:
The view up close to the aquarium:
But touching the glass isn’t the only thing that your admission pays for (about $22 per adult). Your ticket for the Dubai Aquarium pays for the walkthrough tunnel and entrance to the Underwater Zoo that was 2 stories upstairs (annoying, but whatever). Right before you even walk through the tunnel, they have you take a photo in front of a green screen where they digitally add in the aquarium in the background.
That was weird.
They print your glossy, 8×10, digitally enhanced photo out to try to entice you to purchase one, or put it on a mug or mousepad as a souvenir.
As for the walkthrough tunnel itself, my first impression was that it was CROWDED. All of the restaurants that we’ve gone to allow customers to leave their strollers at the front, but here we couldn’t do that. It was difficult to maneuver Micah’s stroller around the crowd of people who really didn’t care to accommodate you, but I tried to stay positive for Micah and his birthday celebration.
Despite the crowds, it was amazing to be so up close to the hundreds of fish and dozens of sharks and manta rays… I felt like Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” 🙂 Even though the light was dim, I was able to snap a few incredible pictures, like this one with Micah and Anthony getting up close and personal with a sting ray!
The walkthrough tunnel wasn’t that long and it took us about fifteen – twenty minutes to go through it. After that, you make your way up to the Underwater Zoo and find even more sea creatures to photograph and learn about.
Check out these horrifying huge monster crabs! Yuck.
There were also otters that were surrounded by too many tourists, adorable, energetic penguins, and some kind of exotic fish that I couldn’t even see cause so many people were crowded around it… Yeah, did I mention it was CROWDED? There was a big sassy octopus and lots of fish (of course). There were turtles and fluorescent jellyfish (not in the same tank 😀 ). The main attraction was King Croc, basically a really really big ass crocodile. Obviously I didn’t a good photo of it either. But I’m not bitter!
All in all, Micah is content to just be part of the spectators watching the huge aquarium behind the roped barrier a few feet away, so I’m not sure if we’ll do this again… For visitors, unless you go right in the morning when it opens, I would say to pass on this experience and just view the aquarium from the outside!
At the end of the day, when we got home and Micah finished opening his dozens of birthday gifts and blew out the candles on his cake, I knew that he had a wonderful day. Even though Micah’s third birthday didn’t turn out the way that I hoped, seeing his smile at the end of it all made me realize that he’s my #1 concern in life, and if he’s happy, then I should be happy… and no amount of crowds or scary crabs can change that. 🙂
Happy birthday to my favorite person ever.