IN PICS: Fishy business in Sharjah

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)
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)
The new aquarium in Sharjah recreates a rich underwater habitat filled with fish, eels, rock pools and coral reefs. (Getty Images)
Visitors take a picture of a fish at the aquarium in Sharjah. (Getty Images)
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)
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)
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)
Emirati visitors point out a shoal of fish as they swim by in the new aquarium in Sharjah. (Getty Images)