Turkuazoo, Turkey’s first aquarium, opened its doors to visitors in October 2009. It is situated in Europe’s largest shopping mall, Forum Istanbul Bayrampasa.
Turkuazoo Istanbul Underwater World is a Turkish subsidiary of Global Aquariums, a multi-national company specializing in investment and management of giant aquariums. It invested €17 million for the Turkish part of this organisation.
Before the end of its first year Turkuazoo welcomed over 1 million visitors including foreign tourists from countries like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece and Russia. In addition to historical places and the natural beauties of Istanbul, Turkuazoo has become one of its most important attractions.
Turkuazoo has hosted many top-level visitors from countries such as the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Mehmet Şimşek; President of Georgia, Mr Mihail Saakaşvili; Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzigova, Mustafa Muzeyinoviç; former President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Mr Rauf Denktaş; President; Prime Minister; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance of Macedonia; Mayors of Albania; Montenegro; Bosnia and Herzigova; Kosovo; Moldavya; Bulgaria; Serbia; Romania; Croatia; Slovenia; Greece and Macedonia.