Dubai Penguin Cove: Meet the Cuddly Gentoo Penguins in Dubai Mall

By Swanzal Aurora

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo features the largest indoor suspended aquarium in the world. 

Its ten million liters tank hosts 33,000 aquatic animals and many activities like glass bottom boat ride, diving experiences, and animal encounters. 

Dubai Aquarium is home to some of the most exotic animals in the world: King Croc, Otters, and Rays. 

Among them all, Dubai Penguin Cove is the most popular, given visitors don’t expect to see penguins in a desert area like Dubai. 

The Dubai Aquarium Penguin Cove offers a unique opportunity for visitors to interact with a colony of Gentoo penguins and learn about them. 

However, the Dubai Penguin Cove Experience is not included in the standard entry Dubai Aquarium tickets. 

Let’s learn more in detail about the Dubai Penguin Cove. 

About the Dubai Penguin Cove in the Aquarium of Dubai Mall

The Dubai Penguin Cove features 16 Gentoo Penguins brought from a facility in the USA. 

In the Wild, they can be found in their natural habitat around the Antarctic Peninsula and Subantarctic islands. 

The Dubai Penguin Cove is a temperature control facility replicating Subantarctic environmental conditions. 

The penguin nursery’s air temperature is between two and four degrees Celsius.

 Additionally, the facility’s water temperature is also temperature-controlled at five and seven degrees. 

What will blow visitors’ minds is the special lighting system that replicates the penguin’s annual light cycle that changes accordingly. 

This Dubai Penguin Cove is a multi-level facility with many areas for penguins to move about. 

What to Expect at Dubai Mall Aquarium’s Penguin Cove Experience

Step inside the aquarium through the underwater tunnel from where you can see 33,000 aquatic animals swimming in the main tank. 

Explore the aquarium, have fun observing the undersea life and locate aquatic creatures through the world’s most extensive acrylic viewing panel. 

With the addition of the Dubai Penguin Cove & Nursery Experience tickets, your encounter will start with an educational video about the incredible Antarctic birds and their original habitat. 

Up next, visitors will enter the amazing state-of-the-art Dubai Penguin Cove facility. 

Once inside, meet the Gentoo Penguins and experience an up-close penguin interaction. 

Learn from the knowledgeable zookeeper of the Dubai Mall Aquarium & Penguin Cove guide about the natural behavior of these cuddly creatures. 

What’s included in Dubai Penguin Cove Experience:

  • Admission to Dubai aquarium & underwater zoo
  • Access to Aquarium Tunnel
  • Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Dubai Mall aquarium 
  • Access to Penguin Cove Dubai Mall
  • Interactive platform in the Submersible Simulator.

Penguin Cove Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo ticket price:

Visitor TypeTicket Price
Adult ticket (2 years and above)AED 121 (US$ 33)

Children below two years and pregnant women are not permitted in the facility.

Dubai Aquarium Ultimate Experience Tickets

Penguin Cove in Dubai can be accessed by purchasing the combo of Dubai Penguin Cove + Dubai Aquarium Entry Tickets.

However, a much more comprehensive experience of the Dubai Aquarium is offered with the ultimate experience ticket.

It includes the famous Penguin Cove experience, the Glass Bottom Boat Ride tour, and a guided Behind-the-scenes aquarium tour. 

Another activity included with this experience is the fish feeding on a dedicated interactive platform. 

It also offers a few vouchers for the cafe and the retail store inside the Dubai Aquarium. 

What’s included in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo ticket:

  • Access to Aquarium Tunnel 
  • Access to underwater Zoo 
  • Access to Penguin Cove 
  • Guided Behind-the-scenes tour 
  • Interactive platform 
  • Glass bottom boat ride
  • Fish feeding (Subject to availability) 
  • AED 20 voucher at Aquarium retail shop 
  • AED 20 F&B voucher at ‘Aquarium Cafe’ 

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo ticket price:

Visitor TypeTicket Price 
Adult ticket (2 years and above) AED 299 (US $82)
Infant ticket (up to 2 years) Free

If you want unique experiences, check out the Dubai Fountain Boardwalk + aquarium combo or the most popular Burj khalifa aquarium combo.

You may also want to check other Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo combos.


Which mall has penguins in Dubai?

At the Dubai Mall, you can find a colony of adorable Gentoo penguins in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

You can buy the standard ticket to Dubai Aquarium to see the Dubai Mall penguins from afar. 

For a more intimate experience, pick the Dubai Mall Aquarium & Penguin Cove tickets.

What is Penguin Cove Dubai & nursery experience?

The Penguin Cove & nursery experience is a highly immersive & interactive experience that lets you get close to the lively colony of Gentoo Penguins. 

You will learn about their behavior, habitat, and more from the knowledgeable zookeeper guide. 

One of the highlights of Dubai Penguin Cove is the experience of the Submersible Simulator to watch an entertaining film about these waddling Antarctic birds.

How much does it cost to go to the Dubai Aquarium?

The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo entry ticket will cost only AED 125 (US $35). 

But if you want the complete experience of Dubai Experience, choose the Ultimate Experience that’ll cost you AED 254 (US $70). 

Can you just purchase the Penguin Encounter Dubai tickets?

Yes, you can purchase the Penguin Encounter Dubai tickets to enjoy the wonders of the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

This ticket will give you a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Dubai Mall Aquarium and Penguin Cove.

The Penguin Dubai Mall is a must-experience activity whenever visiting Dubai.

Are Dubai Aquarium and Penguin Cove tickets different?

The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo standard ticket will allow you to explore all the sections of the Aquarium except the special experiences like Penguin Nursery.

If you want a more hands-on experience with close-up interaction with the Gentoo Penguins, then the Penguin Cove experience is perfect. 

You don’t need a separate entry ticket for the rest of the attractions of the Aquarium of Dubai if you go for Penguin Cove experience tickets.

What is Penguin Cove in Dubai Mall?

The Penguin Cove in the Dubai Mall is a highly appreciated experience in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, located inside the mall. 

The Penguin Cove Experience lets the visitors interact with the Colony of Gentoo Penguins and learn about them. 

These penguins are kept in a state-of-the-art facility where visitors can enter and interact with them. 

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Swanzal Aurora is an avid traveler who seeks out thrills and lives a simple, peaceful life. Bright clear skies are her calling.

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