The Mall of Dubai Aquarium and Underground Zoo is not for all. It is expensive for the common employee in the city. No wonder why there are more people outside taking selfie than going inside to see the excitement themselves.
And you guessed it right—I didn’t go inside. Not only because I won’t spend that much money but because I don’t believe that those big aquatic species should be in an enclosed spaces. They have to be free in the wide ocean. Would you rather live your life “well-taken cared of” but caged or live your life free but can be captured and butchered anytime? I’d choose the latter, of course! I’d choose the former only if it takes a year or two. 🙂 But, forever? No, thanks.
The last time I was in an aquarium was back in 2009 at the World’s Largest Aquarium Tank in Osaka, Japan. Back then, I traveled wanting to see everything whatever a city has to offer. I was naive. Also, I’ve never been in a zoo in a very loooooong time. I couldn’t even remember the last I was in one.
Of course, I acknowledge the educational value of what aquariums and zoos can offer. To the child, it’s magical. And when adults see how happy their kids are, they are the happiest. But, I just wish that when a marine life is big enough, they have to be released back to the ocean and live the rest of their life free, away from the limited, enclosed spaces that can be damaging to their health as whole.
The Mall of Dubai is the world’s second largest mall, after the Edmonton West Mall in Alberta, Canada. You can’t miss the Aquarium and the Underground Zoo because it’s huge and visible for all to see. Enjoy your time inside. Take a lot of photos. 😉