Lovers of sea creatures great and small should not miss a stay at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah Hotel. In addition to having a gorgeous aquarium t Burj Al Arab, the resort complex has a Turtle Rehabilitation Unit that just returned two endangered Green Turtles and 45 critically endangered Hawksbills to the sea after months of rehabilitation.
The best news, of course, is that guests can view turtles during the last stage of their rehabilitation before they are released at the Mina A’ Salam Hotel. The turtles swim and build up their strength in an enclosure that’s part of the resort’s waterways in preparation for their return to the ocean!
Guests can see the turtles swimming and feeding at this stage of rehabilitation at a multi-level viewing area and learn about them from the resort’s team of experts.
The Madinat Jumeirah is a resort complex comprised of three separate hotels: Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and Dar Al Masyaf. This luxury Dubai resort is practically an island as it’s surrounded by water with pools and waterways running all throughout the grounds.
The aquarium is located at the Burj Al Arab and consists of three large exhibits. Two of the exhibits are in the hotel’s lobby. The main exhibit is located in Al Mahara Restaurant (which is exclusive to guests who dine there). The turtles aren’t visible here, but guests can enjoy viewing all sorts of other kinds of sea life at this aquarium.
If you want a private aquarium experience, you can book one of the two private dining areas at the restaurant!
Dubai’s only turtle rehabilitation project is a collaboration between The Wildlife Protection Office and the hotel’s very own Aquarium team, with essential veterinary support provided by Al Wasl Veterinary Clinic and laboratory work by the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.
We recently posted a big photo feature of the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on the blog! Check it out!