Dubai Safari Park
|Location||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Operated by||Dubai Municipality|
|Opened||December 12, 2017|
|Previous names||Dubai Zoo|
|Area||12.8 million Square feet|
Dubai Safari Park (Arabic: حَدِيْقَة سَفَارِي دُبَي, romanized: Ḥadīqat Safārī Dubay) is an eco-friendly safari park located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The park's major source of energy is solar energy. The Park is located on Al Warqa 5 on the Hatta Road. The park has 2,500 animals from more than 250 species. The park replaced the Dubai Zoo on its 50th anniversary. The park plans to increase the animal number to 5000 by 2020. On May 15, 2018, the Park closed for renovations and improvements until being reopened in October 2020.
The old Dubai zoo was replaced to Dubai Safari Park when It only had a collection of 1000 animals. The park consist of 12.8 Million square feet of area. The old park had faced criticism internationally about the conditions the animals were kept in: Caged up, very little space, barely able to move. It was obvious that there had to be a much larger, more open, more modern habitat for the animals. Keeping in mind the tourism increase in Dubai, the municipality took a decision of increasing and moderating the Dubai zoo. $40.8 million where allocated to the project. The Project was given to Meraas, a UAE conglomerate. Parques Reunidos is hired as operation manager. The Park was opened on 12 December 2017, but closed for renovations and improvements in May 2018.
The Park have major five Areas named as Safari village, Arabian Village, Asian Village, African Village and Wadi Village.
Safari village is an open area where visitors can go by bus and have an amazing close encounter with animals including giraffes, lions and tigers.
Spanning over 60,000 square meters, the Arabian Village is a dedicated to observe and learn about the native wildlife, like the Arabian oryx and wolf. This area is designed containing the mountains, deserts, flowers and plants.
This is an area for relaxation. The area is created for relaxation after the long safari visit. The ground is lush green while there is ponds of fishes where you can watch fishes or waterfalls.
It is a newly created section with a view kept in mind of learning for children.
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