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Palm Monorail and Lost Chambers Aquarium Day Out

September 7, 2013

Palm monorail

It’s still too hot to be outdoors during the day and I needed to come up with an idea for a day out based indoors that didn’t involve a mall so I decided on a trip on the Palm Monorail followed by a visit to Lost Chambers aquarium in the Atlantis hotel and a spot of lunch.

We could have just driven direct to Atlantis and valet parked the car, but that would have been really boring so Mum drove into the ginormous Palm Gateway car park (free to park here) at the base of the Palm pretty much next to The One and Only Royal Mirage. We then got a return ticket (well, Mum did – I was free because I’m below the height limit of 90cm) for AED 25 and hopped on the monorail.

View of Marina and palm from monorail  Atlantis from the monorail

The monorail was great fun for me. It was very like the Dubai Metro (which one day it will join up with) or the London DLR (which it probably won’t join up with) but the outlook was very different. Great views of the Burj Al Arab, Marina and of course the whole Palm.  The train was driverless which meant I could sit right at the front and pretend to drive it, although there was a security guard or two on board to check I didn’t run off the rails.

There’s only one destination – Atlantis  – but there are two further stops in between that you can’t actually get out at as they were planned in the middle of developments (Trump Hotel and Village Mall) that never got built further than their basements. Anyway, I didn’t mind – it spun out the 5 minute ride a bit longer.

At the Atlantis stop (aka Aquaventure – the water park at Atlantis) we took the lifts down to ground level so we didn’t have to negotiate the escalators with my buggy and fortunately the main entrance to Atlantis was just a few short steps away.

lost chambers atlantis dubai

Lost Chambers aquarium was free for me because I’m under 3. The regular adult price is AED 100 but show your resident ID (Emirates ID card, passport or driving licence) and adults can get in for AED 75. The staff told Mum we could spend as long as we wanted there but usually people do it within 20 -30 mins. However, I don’t do anything quickly and I wanted to toddle around practising my newly acquired toddling skills so we took almost an hour. There were plenty of weird and wonderful fish and sea creatures to look at, it was well laid out with interesting lighting and great photo opportunities.

There’s a fair choice of places to have lunch in Atlantis and we were tempted by Kaleidoscope – a reasonably priced family buffet style restaurant- but as Mum didn’t fancy trailing around a buffet to fill our plates with me running away from her, we decided to slum it in Starbucks which was at least quick and cheap. There was also a fast food burger place (TBJ) and an asian food quick stop type restaurant – Asia Republic- in a semi food court area. As well as this there are of course the posher restaurants such as Seafire, Rostang, and Saffron to name but a few.

If you’re looking for something else to do on the Palm, have a look at my post on Al Ittihad Park. I also recommend this website on the Palm Monorail for more information. If you’re driving to the Palm Monorail station car park it’s easy to see (a huge huge brown building on the mainland close to the road onto the Palm) but it’s very easy to miss the entrance to it! When driving on the Al Sufouh Road towards the Marina, drive as if you were going to take the Palm turning (just after the Nakheel offices entrances) but go straight ahead and immediately after the turning for the road onto the Palm is the turning for the car park on your right – very easy to drive straight past it so slow down! Drive into the car park and go up to level 3.

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2 Comments
  1. What a great day out! Think i will book mark this idea for when my grandma and grandad come to visit me in Dubai next month. I have just moved to Dubai with my mum and dad and mummy is looking for cool things to do with me and places to go. We also might try out the fruit and veg market this weekend! William, 21 months old.

    • Hi William! Hope you’re enjoying your new city. Have you checked out any of the parks yet? I have posted a few blogs on some of them too

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