Dubai Aquarium to add virtual encounters with Tiger and Hammerhead sharks

Dubai Mall attracts more than 80 million visitors per year. (AFP)
Updated 25 September 2019

Dubai Aquarium to add virtual encounters with Tiger and Hammerhead sharks

LONDON: Immotion Group has struck a deal to supply virtual reality headsets to the Dubai Aquarium, one of the emirate's most visited attractions.

The London-listed entertainment group said the new additions would feature "Shark Dive,"  - a live action virtual reality experience where users can get up close with Tiger and Hammerhead Sharks.

"Signing up Dubai Aquarium is another major milestone in the company's growth story," said Martin Higginson, Immotion Group CEO. "Not only is this one of the largest aquariums, it is located in the largest shopping mall in the world with over 80 million visitors a year."

Dubai's biggest tourist attractions are competing to attract visitors as the sector comes under pressure from a strong US dollar, to which the UAE dirham is pegged, as well as pressure on hotel room rates. 

The Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world with over 140 species, including the largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks, Immotion said.


The storied history of an Iron Age dagger found in Dubai

A rare bronze dagger has gone on show at the Louvre Abu Dhabi . (Supplied)
Updated 14 min 33 sec ago

The storied history of an Iron Age dagger found in Dubai

DUBAI: A rare bronze dagger dating back almost 3,000 years has gone on show at the Louvre Abu Dhabi as part of the museum’s “Rulers and Warriors: The Age of Heroes” exhibit.

The sophisticated, slightly curved dagger was excavated from Saruq Al-Hadid in southern Dubai, widely viewed as one of the Arab world’s most significant Iron Age archaeological sites following its discovery in 2002.

The rare bronze dagger dates back almost 3,000 years. (Supplied) 

Archaeologists believe the dagger was an “object of prestige,” Noemi Dauce, the museum’s chief curator of archaeology, told Arab News.

“What we are trying to highlight is how weapons become attributes of power. Instead of creating a simple shape for the weapons — just a blade that would be enough to harm anybody — some of these weapons, like this dagger, would actually have rich decoration,” she said.

The Iron Age dagger shows at the Louvre Abu Dhabi as part of the museum’s “Rulers and Warriors: The Age of Heroes” exhibit.

Dauce points to the dagger’s remarkable handle, which is topped off with a design featuring an attacking lion — a telling detail that may indicate that the weapon’s owner was a ruler or military leader.

“In a lot of cultures and civilizations, the lion is, of course, a wild and ferocious animal and is very commonly associated with power.” she said.

The dagger is displayed in a glass case alongside ancient military artefacts from Iran, Greece and the Caucasus — an approach that aims to foster cross-cultural narratives in the museum.

Archaeologists believe the dagger was an “object of prestige.” (Supplied)

An axe blade from the mountains of Lorestan in Iran and a bronze sword with a decorated hilt that was found in France form part of the exhibition.

“The ambition of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is to be a universal museum,” Dauce said. “We try to highlight the long history of the UAE, but also the way it fits into the larger picture of humanity.”