Arabia’s Wildlife Centre

We FINALLY went to the zoo today!  I’ve been singing ‘We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo’ for two days now!

We went back to Sharjah to Arabia’s Wildlife Centre.  It cost only Dhs15 for each adult (£2.50) and Vinay was free.  It’s not a ‘proper’ zoo…  It was all indoors and the animals are all natural to the Arabian Peninsula.  So no elephants or giraffes or anything.  But we had a great time 🙂

We started out looking at snakes.  Moved onto frogs, fish, minibeasts (I skipped that bit) and then rodents (Hub skipped that bit.  He has a rodent phobia).  The best bit was the aviary.  You can walk through it while the birds just fly around and do their thing.  I loved watching Vinay watch the birds.  Next were the nocturnal animals, baboons, hyenas, wolves, cheetahs and leopards.

Unfortunately, no photography was allowed inside and all cameras had to be handed in at the front desk.  But here’s a picture of the building (so helpful, I know):


And some pretty flowers outside…


Next door they had a Children’s Farm.  We didn’t have to pay any extra for it and photos were allowed 🙂

They had goats, sheep, ducks, horses and camels.  It was so funny to look at Vinay’s face.  He was scared (but not of the ducks)!  He’s only ever seen these animals (apart from horses) in books and on television.  He had no idea how big they would be!


He *wanted* to feed the goats, but was frightened and cried everytime we got too close. 


By the time we went round (about five minutes) he was feeling more confident and wanted to feed the camels!


Decided that would *not* be wise and went back to the goats.  But he got frightened again *eye roll*.

It was a really great afternoon and very worth it.  Especially since it was V’s first ‘animal experience’!




Yesterday morning, Hub and I decided we would take Vinay to Sharjah to the Wild Life Centre.  There *is* a zoo in Dubai but I’d read some awful reviews about how the animals aren’t particularly cared for, and decided we would NOT go there.

Hub rented a car and driver for the day and we set off just after lunch.  It took us an hour or so to get there.  Vinay was not thrilled to be in the car for that long and the others weren’t thrilled when we got there and realised that the Centre was CLOSED on Tuesdays!  I insisted that the website did not state that it was closed then, but when I went back and checked…  Oops.  *feels very silly*

Rather than heading back to Dubai (since we’d come all that way), we went to the Sharjah Aquarium.  I was so excited to take Vinay – he hadn’t been to an aquarium before, and I couldn’t wait to see his reaction.


They also had a little playground outside, which he was very happy to spend a little time in!


(He is still learning how to sit on the slide properly!)

In the evening Hub, my sister and I went to The Meat Co. for dinner.  The steaks were delicious!  The restaurant is in Souk Al Bahar.  It is a beautiful place – but unfortunately I have no pictures 😦

I’ve eaten so much I’m going to have to roll into bed!


We’ve not done too much yet.  Yesterday we went to The Dubai Mall to sort out sim cards and to buy a few bits and pieces mum needed for their new apartment. 

The Waterfall 


Once we got home, we took Vinay to Wafi City Mall to see the Christmas tree and to have a wander around.


Fountain Fun


Today we plan to go to the wildlife centre in Sharjah.  

I’m quite excited and can’t wait to see Vinay’s expression when he sees the animals!