Oman: Middle East’s Largest Aquarium Opened In Muscat

Oman Aquarium has opened in the country’s capital of Muscat, becoming the largest aquarium in the Middle East, stretching across an area of 8,000sq m (86,111sq ft), reports Attractions Management.

Located in the Mall of Muscat, a 200,000sq m (2.2m sq ft) shopping centre, the aquarium was built by the Al Jarwani Group and will eventually be home to 30,000 species of marine animals.

With a focus on marine conservation, education and enriched visitor entertainment experiences, the new aquarium is one of many diversification projects in the Middle East, with governments spending big on leisure and tourism in the region recently, such as Qatar’s new National Museum and its first planetarium.

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“Spread over 8,000sq m of the total Mall of Muscat area, Oman Aquarium will be home to 30,000 species of marine animals,” said Lee Northmore, director of retail and mall operations at Mall of Muscat.