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Dubai Aquarium named among world's top 25

Dubai Mall attraction is only aquarium in the Middle East to win TripAdvisor award

Dubai Aquarium named among world's top 25

The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo has been ranked the 25th best in the world by travel site TripAdvisor.

It is the only facility in the Middle East to win one the site’s Travelers' Choice awards for Zoos and Aquariums. A total of 275 winners were identified.

Monterey Bay Aquarium in California was named the best aquarium in the world, while Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska was named best zoo.

The awards were based on an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for zoos and aquariums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Nine of the top 25 zoos are in the USA, while 10 of the top 25 aquariums are also in the same country.

Located in Dubai Mall, The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo opened in 2008 and has over 70 different marine species, including 300 sharks and rays.

Managed by Emaar Retail, its Underwater Zoo houses a 750 kilogramme King Croc.