Dubai Mall Aquarium Behind-The-Scenes Tour, UAE.

The Dubai Aquarium is home to a massive 33,000 animals and showcases more than 85 species. The facility features a huge acrylic viewing panel, 270-degree walkthrough tunnel and an underwater zoo.

Project Overview

Most aquarium visitors under-estimate how much space in an aquarium is dedicated to back-of-house facilities.

These spaces include all manner of equipment and facilities such as Life Support Systems that keep the water clean, safe, and flowing; quarantine and veterinary facilities; breeding and storage tanks and food preparation zones, to name but a few.

The team at Dubai Aquarium realized that some of these back-of-house facilities and activities lend themselves to interesting and educational experiences for visitors.

So, we were delighted to be appointed to help design, manufacture, and supply a ‘behind the scenes’ tour experience including coral growing tanks, sea horse breeding, sea jelly tanks, a bamboo shark tank, and equipment for aquaculture demonstration facilitation as well as three skid-mounted life support systems.

Dubai Aquarium New Exhibits2 (1)

Build Stage 3 (1)

The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is a signature attraction at The Dubai Mall, the world’s second-largest shopping centre by land area and the most-visited shopping and leisure destination on Earth (84 million shoppers in 2019).

With 33,000 animals, world-recording-breaking viewing panels, a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel and an underwater zoo, the aquarium is exceptional.

AAT regularly helps established aquariums enhance, renovate and expand their exhibits and customer experiences as part of our Restoration and Upgrade services.


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Time Frame

6 exhibit skids & 3 LSS skids

An exceptional portfolio of in-house capabilities.

  • A seamless start-to-finish service.
  • More than project coordinators - we are the lead supplier of equipment and services too.
  • We offer productive collaboration between multi-disciplinary teams and resources.
  • Our logistical and project management track record provides total peace-of-mind.
  • A high-level of internal delivery means excellent control over quality assurance.
  • System-thinking from design to execution, for a cost-efficient and durable aquarium that is easy to operate and spectacular to see.

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Phase 1


The first phase addresses feasibility, budgeting, concept development, creative themes, visitor-experience design and journey-mapping, detailed engineering and project planning.

Phase 2


The second phase focuses on acrylic manufacturing, construction and installation, the supply and installation of life support systems, waterproofing, lighting, filling and stocking the tanks.

Phase 3


The third phase includes handing the aquarium over to its owners and operators. Also included this phase, for older aquariums, are services relating to refurbishment and renovation.

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