IN PICS: Fishy business in Sharjah

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A Lionfish swims in a display tank in the new aquarium in Sharjah. The Lionfish is a voracious venomous sea predator that uses its stripped spines to corner its prey and swift reflexes to snatch them up and swallow them whole. (Getty Images)
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Emirati visitors look at fish in a shallow rock pool at the aquarium in Sharjah. The new state-of-the-art indoor aquarium houses over 250 species of marine life. (Getty Images)
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The new aquarium in Sharjah recreates a rich underwater habitat filled with fish, eels, rock pools and coral reefs. (Getty Images)
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Visitors take a picture of a fish at the aquarium in Sharjah. (Getty Images)
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A second major aquarium is opening in October in the UAE. A 33,000-creature display is part of the new Dubai Mall development which is being built as part of the $14 billion Downtown Burj Dubai project. (Getty Images)
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The aquarium in Sharjah is one of the key attractions to help the UAE increase its tourism and cultural business. The government has a planned investment outlay of 190 billion dirhams to spearhead positive cultural development and heritage conservation across the country including archaeological sites, museums, historic buildings, cultural landscapes and collections. (Getty Images)
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The Sharjah Museums Department has extended its opening hours and included a dedicated day for families at the new aquarium situated in the Al Khan district of Sharjah.\nThe new hours are: Wednesday from 4–7.30pm (for families only); Thursday 9am–7.30pm; Friday 3-8pm; Saturday 9am-8pm.\nGuided tours are provided free of charge by museum guides. Group and school bookings can be arranged on request. (Getty Images)
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Emirati visitors point out a shoal of fish as they swim by in the new aquarium in Sharjah. (Getty Images)