Dubai Safari Park is expected to open to the public in the third quarter of 2016. Spread across an area of 119 hectares, the solar-powered park is built at a cost of US$ 40.8 million. Comprising around a total of 1000 animals from around the world, the park will be home to 350 species of endangered animals. The park will also feature 100 types of plants each related to a theme, and over 2,500 trees.
The existing 1.5 hectare zoo at Jumeriah road was planned to be replaced with a new one for over a decade. With the site construction of the Dubai Safari Park being started in 2012, the animals of the existing park will now be shifted to the new one.
Design and layout of the Safari Park are inspired by the best practices from the world-famous safaris and zoos. A specialists’ team visited world’s best zoos across Germany, San Diego, Indonesia, Singapore and Austria and used best practices in the Safari Park. The environment-friendly park will make use of solar energy. A hybrid operational system will also be used to run the irrigation network such as recycling of water, garbage disposal and other recycling facilities.
The climate-controlled cages have been built for animals ensuring that the animals are comfortable. The cages are crafted to use water-cooled greenhouse technology. An array of transports will be available which will run on solar energy – a rubber wheeled tram, monorail capsules for visitors.
Dubai Safari Park comprises a wide range of village themes of Arabia, Asia and Africa. Other attraction of the park include an amateur golf course, a botanical garden and a butterfly garden spread across an area of 60 hectare . The area also includes restaurants and a food court. Initially, the park will have 1,600 parking spaces, but the municipality is planning to expand it to 3,600.
Highlights of Dubai Safari Park:
- Expected to open to public by mid-2016.
- Built at a cost of US$ 40.8 million.
- Spread across an area of 119 hectares at Al Warqa area.
- Comprise 1,000 animals which include 350 species of endangered animals.
- Initially, the park will have 1,600 parking spaces.