Mermaids’ times in Dubai

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo (Dubai Mall) has mermaid shows taking place every weekend at 4, 6 and 8 pm.

Moreover, “The Mermaids of Arabia” have dress up options for kids: there are dress up options for kids too which come complete with mermaid makeup, a costume and mermaid hairstyles (more info and detailes: 04 448 5200).

By the way, let’s have a look to Atlantis: Mermaid Melissa was announced in The National press as “Dubia’s first real life mermaid” – living as real life mermaid underwater swimming with over 65,000 various fish & shark species in the most beautiful aquarium in the world. The video features clips of Professional Real-Life Mermaid for hire “Mermaid Melissa” in one of the largest aquariums in the world!


The interviews of Mermaid Melissa plays through out the video explaining how she became a mermaid performer for a living, what it’s like to be a mermaid, the details in running a full time mermaid company, the secrets to her success as a mermaid, and her future goals as the world’s leading mermaid for hire. Melissa goes on to state that one of her goals is to be known as a woman living her life as a real-life mermaid dedicated to upholding what she feels is the image of what a real mermaid would be. Adding, even though mermaids may be known as mythical creatures, if they were real, she holds a high standard in performances to what she feels people want to believe one would be like underwater swimming.

With her 4 to 5 minute breath hold, and deep long dives underwater, the pressure of diving over 50 feet does not seem to slow Melissa down. She credits a background of professional free diving and over 8 years of performing in the worlds largest aquariums and live shows underwater as her biggest attribute for overcoming the stunt work as a mermaid that goes into making it look easy -when it is anything but!

Melissa is currently making appearances world wide and has a full time crew and mermaid team that have been traveling with her and also being sent out on several projects while Melissa goes overseas. She claims that through years of finding the best underwater performers and continuously advancing their training through her “mermaid boot camp” (as she calls it) each of the members of her “hire a mermaid” (or merman) employees is upholding the high standard Melissa has for them to be sent out on mermaid jobs and bookings around the USA and abroad. The reviews of her traveling mermaid tanks & mermaid bus tour from guest, clients, and customers, have been positive. Seen in Vegas, L.A. California, New Jersey, Orlando Florida, and many places in-between. GQ Magazine even mentioned Mermaid Melissa’s company in her traveling tank posting an image of her on Instagram at a live showcase!

Dubai – The Nation Interview:
Mermaid dazzles at Atlantis the Palm trade event

The closest thing to a real-life mermaid has been performing for the past week at an aquarium in Dubai.
Melissa Dawn was flown in from Los Angeles especially for a trade event at Atlantis the Palm, and has been amazing crowds with her uncanny ability to swim without breathing equipment.

Ms Dawn, 32, is able to hold her breath underwater for five minutes, all the while interacting with guests on the other side of the aquarium glass, and dodging sharks.

“Although mermaids are mythical, I’m trying to act in a way a real-life mermaid would,” she said.

“So I have to try to make it look easy even though I really am struggling holding my breath. I don’t actually have gills, so it is hard.”

Ms Dawn, who has her own “Mermaid Melissa” aquarium show in the US, was the surprise attraction on Wednesday at the Fab Conference and Awards at the Ossiano restaurant in Atlantis.

“To the best of our knowledge, Dubai has never had a mermaid appear before,” said Kevin Zajax, the chief commercial officer for Emirates Leisure Retail, who brought Ms Dawn out for the Fab conference.

“We wanted to really wow the delegates from around the globe. The night was an amazing success with world-class entertainment, and Melissa was an absolute crowd pleaser.”

Ms Dawn said she took time out after the performance to meet guests at the conference. “I don’t normally want to break the illusion, but they were all adults,” she said.

“So after the party I went down and met with everyone. They were all fascinated with how I could hold my breath for so long, it made me feel really special because I’ve travelled so far to be here.”

One of the most difficult aspects of her job, she said, is not wearing goggles. “They don’t know that I’m almost blind when I’m underwater,” she said.

“People ask me how I can deal with all that salt water in my eyes, and still make it look as though I can see people through the glass.

“I don’t see any better than anyone else, I just learned to grow accustomed to it.

“I can see camera flashes, and I can see if someone puts their hand up against the glass. Then I can match my hand up to theirs.”

Ms Dawn grew up near the beach in Orlando, Florida, and started an early career at an aquarium as a free diver.

It was through working sometimes 12-hour shifts, where she learned to hold her breath for five minutes underwater.

The show organisers took to calling her “Mermaid Melissa” because of her graceful movements underwater, and the name stuck, she said.

“I started thinking outside the box, or in my case, the tank,” she said.

“What would happen if I turned this into something much more grand, much more extravagant, and actually got a really nice tail?”

So several thousand dollars and a custom, latex tail later, Ms Dawn began staging underwater shows.

“This is a now full-time profession for me and a booming business,” she said. “Now I have a whole troop of mermaids. I have mermen and pirates, and we travel all over the world.”

Ms Dawn said she has increased her breath hold from four minutes to five minutes, and is still pushing it further.

“I’m proud to say I’m getting better at my craft.”


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