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Dancing dolphins in Karachi

Photo by AFP

KARACHI The entertainment-starved people of Karachi, particularly children, are in for a treat shortly as four dolphins and two sea lions are coming here from Russia to perform in dolphin shows scheduled to begin from October 1.

Briefing journalists here at the Pakistan Maritime Museum, where the shows are going to be held, Mustafa Kamal of the Talent Brokers International said that these shows would be organised on a daily basis from Oct 1.

He said four dolphins and two sea lions along with their five trainers/handlers and two veterinarians would be arriving by mid-September so that they got acclimatised before the start of the shows.

He said that a Moscow-based international company — Utrish Dolphinarium Ltd — would be bringing in the sea creatures to perform here.

He said the dolphin shows would be held here for 45 days and depending on their popularity the programme might be extended for another month or so. After Karachi, the shows would be held in Lahore, he added.

He said four shows would be held on a daily basis i.e. two in the morning and two in the evening having duration of one hour each. The ticket for a child and an adult will be Rs250 and Rs450, respectively.

Special children would be admitted free of charge and special shows would be organised for the children coming from the Edhi Home and other such organisations, he added.

He said that the construction of four swimming pools had already begun and these would be ready by the time the Russian guests arrived.

He said that the show pool was 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 15 feet deep while three smaller pools would be used as resting places for dolphins and sea lions. He said that over 4,000 seats would be fixed around the pool for visitors.

He did not agree with a question that the entrance fee was high. He informed the newsmen that entrance fee to a similar show in Dubai for a child and an adult cost 150 dirham and 250 dirham, respectively.

Later, Sindh Environment Minister Shaikh Afzal said that it would be a unique show.

Comments (10) Closed

Aug 13, 2012 11:23am
where will be the venue of this show?
Aug 13, 2012 01:01pm
I agree with Gerry D'Cunha
shahid hussain
Aug 13, 2012 08:37am
ticket price should be down
Gerry D'Cunha
Aug 13, 2012 11:09am
The poorer class also has the right to enjoy this show with their children - but how can they? spending Rs.2000 for four kids and parents is out of their control. why can't the government subsidize the ticket for these unfortunate people and make them happy and feel they too are part of the society.
Aug 13, 2012 07:56am
Entrance for such shows in Dubai Cost Dhs. 25
Aug 13, 2012 09:18am
for Dubai Dolphinarium, the regular price is AED 100 for adult and AED 50 for child, for some off peak hours the price is AED 50 for adults and AED 30 for child
Aug 14, 2012 01:28am
another emotional response from whole bunch of zealots. price should be the natural balance b/w supply and demand. due to the nature of this show and the venue, karachi, this price is too low and would only cause a chaos. as for poor people, i am sure they can watch it on tv. why should govt subsidize it? beside, no matter how low the price, there will always be people left out.. and knowing our superb nation, i am worried about the poor dolphins and their russian trainers...these poor people would not only confiscate the dolphins but soon will be selling dolphin oil in empress market!! I truly hope they can raise the ticket for the safety of show and reputation of pakistan....
Aug 14, 2012 01:29am
ticket price should be UP
Mohammad Salman
Aug 14, 2012 02:18am
These shows are for rich,Poors in Pakistan are worried about food.We have plenty of richie rich in Karachi, so dnt worry all show will go housefull even if the ticket is Rs.1000 per head.
Aug 16, 2012 10:23am
It sld be free of cost