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Dubai aquarium offers new attractions

Dubai, August 16, 2010

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, the popular leisure attraction owned and managed by Emaar Retail, is introducing a special package that will appeal to seasoned divers.

The new package will offer experiences in underwater photography, shark feeding, and opportunities to win PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) master certification.

The all-new Dubai Aquarium speciality dive is a three-dive initiative that offers PADI certified visitors over the age of 10 years, the opportunity to explore underwater photography and joining in the excitement as aquarium experts feed the sand tiger sharks in Dubai Aquarium.

The added advantage of this pre-approved PADI distinctive specialty course is that it ensures that divers receive a PADI certificate card on completion, which counts towards their PADI master scuba diver rating.

Open to all PADI certified divers, ‘speciality dives’ will treat the adventurous, in Dive 1, to a swimming session with sand tiger sharks, reef sharks, rays and the newest members of the aquarium aquatic family, the scalloped hammerhead sharks and silvertip sharks.

Dive 2 teaches enthusiasts to identify shark species and practice underwater photography. A 30-minute theory and tracking session briefing will precede the photography tips.

Dive 3 takes them inside the cage for a shark feed photography session, where they are offered the opportunity of coming within inches of numerous sharks while staff divers carry out the feed.

The three exhilarating ‘speciality dive’ experiences can be enjoyed either on the same day or on different days, as per the convenience of the visitors, a statement said.

Damian Prendergast, general manager, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, said: “We are always finding ways to push the envelope in offering unprecedented adventures at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.”

“For novice divers, our cage snorkelling experiences and shark dives are a great introduction to the underwater world. We are now looking to enhance and improve the experiences for seasoned divers.”

“The Dubai Aquarium Specialty Dive offers them an amazing opportunity to achieve their PADI master dive certification in such a unique setting as an aquarium within a mall, in the presence of thousands of onlookers,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




Tags: Emaar | Zoo | Shark Dive | Dubai aquarium | Underwater photography | PADI |

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