Watch: Dubai Safari’s soft opening

Long wait over as wildlife park opens for media preview ahead of grand inauguration

Dubai: The UAE’s most awaited wildlife project, Dubai Safari Park, opened its doors to the media and invited guests in a soft launch on Tuesday morning. 


Keeping its tradition of opening mega projects on special dates, Dubai chose to open the doors of its latest tourist destination on 12/12/17. However, the date for the grand official opening for the public has not been announced yet. 

Giant animal sculptures welcomed the guests at the main entrance. Senior officials of Dubai Municipality and Dubai Safari joined the media team for a preview of the facility. 

The first phase of the Dh1 billion project sprawling over 119 hectares in Al Warqa-5 is now complete. It includes Asian, African, and Arabian villages and an open Safari Village that offers a guided safari drive. A Wadi Area, Kids Farm in addition to two theaters are also part of the project.

Paw prints of big cats form the logo of the project that is home to the nation’s first open Safari, where visitors will travel in environmentally-friendly electric vehicles to see animals roaming around in the wild.

With more than 2,500 animals representing 250 exciting species, Dubai Safari is home to the most diverse array and the largest number of wildlife species in the UAE.

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However, the biggest attraction expected to be at the safari—a group of elephants –has not yet arrived. 

The park replaced the 50-year-old Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah which housed around 1000 animals, birds and reptiles. They were shifted to Dubai Safari last month. 

Rising from a disused landfill for construction waste, Dubai Safari will change not only the landscape of Dubai, but also the perceptions about animal welfare and care in the country.

Officials said utmost care is being given to the animals, right from their selection itself. Tests are done to ensure their fitness and experienced trainers and keepers from different parts of the world have been hired to take care of them. 

A veterinary hospital, which will be extended with a research centre having a state-of-the art lab, is part of the project to offer treatment and care for the animals.

Air conditioned artificial rocks, misting fans and chilled water will be used to keep them cool during summer. Pools, muddy ponds and other waterbodies will also provide natural habitat for animals.

Crocodiles at Dubai Safari.

Officials said Dubai Safari will host a breeding programme at the conservation centre that aims to release animals into the wild each year.

The park is committed to contributing to global efforts to protect endangered species and aspires to deepen awareness of wildlife behaviour.

Featuring many entertainment programmes, games and educative activities, it is set to be a landmark tourist destination in the emirate.

Depending on solar power for its energy needs, it is one of the outstanding eco-friendly projects implemented by Dubai Municipality.

Highlights 

Dubai Safari holds many distinctions:

  • UAE’s only drive-through hippo and tiger exhibit 
  • World’s first drive-through crocodile exhibit
  • UAE’s largest walkthrough aviary 
  • First zoo or safari park in the UAE to offer a zoo-keeping course

Ticket prices

Dubai Safari Park entrance fee 
[Asian, African and Arabian Villages]
Dh20 for children and Dh50 for adults
 
Safari Village entrance fee
Dh20 for children and Dh50 for adults
 
All access entrance fees
Dh30 for children and Dh85 for adults

Free entrance 
For children below three, adults above 60 and people of determination

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