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Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Atlantis, The Palm celebrates all things UAE on Friday, 29 November between 10am and 8pm with a special UAE-themed Family Fun Day at The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Visitors can try henna painting, learn about local marine species, hear UAE folklore and see the UAE flag flying underwater. One child enters free with each paying adult and 10% of proceeds from adult tickets will go to the charity Dubai Cares in the spirit of supporting the local community.
The highlight of the day is a free dive in The Ambassador Lagoon by UAE free-diving champion Ahmed Khoori to help raise awareness of ocean conservation and the UAE’s pearl diving past. “Free-diving allows people to enjoy the ocean for its majesty, and I want to help inspire people to look after our oceans so future generations can enjoy them as much as I do,” said Khoori. “Free-diving also echoes the UAE’s traditional pearl diving past, so it’s an honour to bring some of that history back to life so that it is not forgotten.”
Visitors will be welcomed to the UAE Family Fun Day with traditional music, oud and rosewater before enjoying a range of UAE-themed family friendly activities for all ages including the opportunity to contribute to a giant UAE themed mural, henna painting, face-painting and educational talks on UAE marine species.
The marine exhibit for local species, Unicorn Leather Jacket Fish will also be lit in the colours of the UAE flag to commemorate the upcoming UAE National Day. There will also be a conservation education station, showing guests how to grow their own coral and teaching them about breeding seahorses and preserving marine species, something The Lost Chambers Aquarium has had great experience with.
“It’s very important we try to focus on preserving the local marine species of the UAE,” says Natasha Christie, Director of The Lost Chambers Aquarium, who has been working this year to raise awareness of the plight of many local species. “We need to celebrate the native species of the UAE and focus on responsible fishing and stock replenishment so we can help raise their numbers in the wild.”
There is a number of local UAE marine species found thriving at The Lost Chambers Aquarium including sharks, hammour, lobster, seahorse, Moray Eels and a variety of coral species. The aquarium is attempting to boost the numbers of these species by participating in international breeding programmes and releasing native species into the Arabian Gulf. They have had much success with growth and translocation of local coral species and also a number of seahorses that were released earlier in the year.
Special Offers for Family Fun Day – 10am-8pm, Friday, 29h November 2013:
Adult admission INR 1500 (approx.) per person
Children under 11 receive free admission with each full paid adult admission
Valet parking is complimentary for visitors to The Lost Chambers Aquarium