Atlantis, The Palm Ramps Up Its Conservation Efforts By Hosting A Series Of Interactive Experiences For Shark Week

The region’s first AZA-accredited resort is joining forces with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Dubai Municipality for a week of fun and informative activities to increase awareness of sharks

In a bid to raise awareness about sharks both locally and internationally, while educating people about how to protect them, from 17th July to 23rd July, Atlantis, The Palm will be collaborating with environmental partners to present a week of shark-themed activities both onsite and online.

Engaging onsite activations have been designed to entertain and enthral all ages, including limited-edition behind-the-scene shark tours, once-in-a-lifetime shark diving experiences and shark scavenger hunts – all conducted within the government health and safety guidelines. Throughout the week Atlantis, The Palm will reiterate the importance of caring for animals, showcasing how their onsite team of specialists manage this, while re-enforcing the significance of the resort being the first AZA-accredited facility in the Middle East.

Edu-tainment during Shark Week will also be streamed online with live shark feeding sessions narrated by the marine park’s curators, along with workshops on sharks and rays, and episodes covering the resort’s shark breeding and release programmes. Wildlife fanatics are advised to look out for a special feature from local artist and marine enthusiast Emma Skinner, who will be teaching an online Shark-Art workshop.

Atlantis, The Palm is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the global standard for animal care, as the first destination in the Middle East to receive this internationally recognised, gold standard accreditation. Home to more than 65,000 marine animals cared for by a dedicated team of animal care professionals and an onsite veterinary team, the resort is committed to maintaining and surpassing the highest standards of animal care, conservation and education.

There will also be some fantastic prizes up for grab with a competition inviting people to submit videos on how they care for animals, whether at home or in the wild, with prizes including a family stay at Atlantis, The Palm , Shark Diving Experiences and much more.

Says Kelly Timmins, Director, Conservation, Education and CSR at Atlantis, The Palm: “We are excited to host Shark Week along with our valued partners. We are committed to working together towards a common goal, to advance all efforts to protect sharks in the UAE. At Atlantis Dubai we are dedicated to providing the highest standards of animal welfare for all marine life. We believe in the power of education, and by providing meaningful and memorable experiences, we are encouraging everyone to join us in our drive to protect the environment.”

During Shark Week the specialist team at Atlantis will be part of a workshop hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, teaching local fishermen about legislation, protected species, and safe handling of sharks and rays. In addition, our team will join other experts for a Shark Webinar, in coordination with the Federal Youth Council, to discuss critical subjects involved in protecting these species.

Shark Week Activities

For more information on the below activities or to access the uploaded educational resources, visit

Join us for amazing educational and interactive Shark Feeding Sessions, Workshops and Art Classes… all from the comfort of your home

From the 18th to the 23rd of July we will host various online interactive sessions, include live Shark feeding sessions, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, workshops and art classes. Keep an eye out and stay updated.

Go on a shark-themed behind-the-scenes tour

Get closer to the action in our special shark-themed behind-the-scenes tour to our Fish Hospital. Learn all there is to know about the resident shark species and what it takes to take care of them. Visit our shark nursey to see our baby sharks, to learn how we care for these new arrivals and the process behind us breeding and releasing sharks back into the ocean. Book your exclusive Shark Tales Tour now!

JAWSOME Offers on once-in-a-lifetime experiences

This Shark Week, visitors can enjoy 30% Off on bucket-list aquarium experiences. What’s even better, a complimentary Shark Tales Tour with every aquarium experience for the full week. Learn more about sharks of the Arabian Gulf and what the team at Atlantis are doing to protect them and get an exclusive sneak peek back-of-house.

Shark Snorkel. The whole family will love this immersive experience, as you snorkel in the Ambassador Lagoon, watching the extraordinary marine life below. Suitable for swimmers aged six and up.

Sharktrek Xtreme. Experience the brand new Aquatrek Xtreme and descend to record-breaking depths. Using a special helmet, you will go down to the bottom of Dubai’s largest aquarium to experience the thrill of being surrounded by thousands of marine species including sharks, stingrays, and countless colorful fish.

Shark Safari. Walk across the bottom of Aquaventure’s Shark Lagoon, wearing a state-of-the-art special helmet that allows you to breathe underwater. Surround yourself by countless sharks and rays during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the shark infested lagoon.

Shark Explorer. Certified divers can delight in the rare experience of diving alongside incredible marine animals and marvel at the ancient Atlanteans left behind in this single tank dive.

Join in our ‘Caring for Animals’ Competition

Take part in our ‘Caring for Animals’ Competition with a chance to win amazing prizes including a stay at Atlantis, The Palm, Shark Diving Experiences and more! Simply submit a video explaining how you care for animals at home or in your community. Check out the terms and conditions for more details

Download Free Educational & Fun Resources

Thanks to our partners at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, we have uploaded educational resources for you to explore at home. Find out more on

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About Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm is the first entertainment resort destination in the region and located at the centre of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai. Opened in September 2008, the unique ocean-themed resort features a variety of marine and entertainment attractions, as well as 17 hectares of waterpark amusement at Atlantis Aquaventure, all within a 46-hectare site. It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with over 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers Aquarium, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark features 18 million litres of fresh water used to power thrilling waterslides, a 2.3-kilometre river ride with tidal waves and pools, water rapids and white-water chargers. Dolphin Bay, the unparalleled dolphin conservation and education habitat, and Sea Lion Point were created to provide guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn more about one of nature’s most friendly mammals. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops as well as extensive meeting and convention facilities. Atlantis, The Palm is also known as the culinary destination in the region where guests can take their pick from a collection of 29 world-renowned restaurants including Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Hakkasan, Nobu, Ronda Locatelli, Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, award-winning underwater restaurant, Ossiano, and traditional Middle Eastern favourite, Ayamna. The nightlife scene at Atlantis is lively, too, with the fun-filled Wavehouse offering something for everyone, and WHITE Beach & Restaurant the perfect place to unwind with a drink as the sun slips into the Arabian Sea.