Dubai Safari Park, built at an estimated cost of USD 272m (AED 1b), is set to open by the end of 2016. The park spreads an area of 119 hectares in the Al-Warqa Fifth District, replacing the existing 1.5-hectare zoo in Jumeirah. It will be home to around 1,000 animals of which over 350 will be rare and endangered species.
The Safari Park comprises three main villages, African, Arabic, and Safari; and each with unique designs, animals, pets, and plants. The centrepiece of the park will feature a 1,000-seat theatre, a clean-energy production garden, and an interactive garden for children. It is equipped with 1,600 parking spaces and visitors will also have access to a 22-hectare Open Safari.
“Dubai Safari Park aims to become one of the five best safari parks in the world over the next five years and is preparing its facilities to accommodate more than 10,000 visitors a day,” said Eng Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.
Dubai Safari Park is part of an AED 4 billion programme of works as the city prepares for Expo 2020. The expo is expected to draw more than 25 million visitors, creating a significant boost in UAE’s economy.