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.


Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192. File/Shutterstock
Updated 08 April 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

DUBAI: Today, the winners of the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award were announced, despite the awards ceremony not going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A record-breaking year for submissions saw seven awards go to recipients hailing from six countries: the UK, US, the Netherlands, Iraq, Tunisia and Palestine.

A total of 1,900 nominations from 49 countries - 22 Arab and 27 foreign countries - were submitted for the 14th  Sheikh Zayed Book Award across its nine categories.

Salma Khadra Al-Jayussi, 94, was awarded Cultural Personality of the Year for her contribution to Arabic literature and culture.

The prize for literature went to Tunisian poet Moncef Ouhaibi for his book “Belkas ma Qabl Al-Akheera.”

Meanwhile, The Young Author award went to Iraqi writer and academic Hayder Qasim for his book “ilm Al-Kalam Al-Islami fi Derasat Al-Mustashrikeen Al-Alman.”

Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat clinched the Children’s Literature award for her book “Al-Fatah Al-Laylakeyyah.”

Other winners included Tunisian translator Mohamed Ait Mihoub, Dutch author Richard van Leeuwen and London’s Banipal Magazine.

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192.