Other than interesting and mind-blowing shape-shifting buildings, Dubai is ready to offer animal lovers a beautiful getaway quite soon. Dubai Safari Park is scheduled to open for the public after the summer, and is going to be home to 3500 animals in its first phase of completion.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, the general director of the Dubai Municipality, commented that the 1 billion AED project will be completed by April and that the park will start allowing visitors only after an inauguration by the UAE ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The Safari was first set to house 5000 animals, but the number was reduced to 3500. Approximately 500 animals such as monkeys, crocodiles, and lions have already been delivered to their new home.
Tim Husband, technical director of Dubai Safari, mentioned that the completion of the first phase in April will include African, Asian, and Arabian villages, as well as an open Safari Village which offers visitors a guided safari drive.
In order to avoid compromising the health of future inhabitants of the Safari, Husband was forced to cancel orders for various birds and animals due to several reports of the avian flu, amongst other infectious diseases in the countries from where the animals were expected to come. ìWe donít want to compromise on the health and safety of the animals and the last thing I want is overcrowding,î he said.
16 elephants will be imported as well, which is the largest number of elephants to ever be moved legally, creating a beautiful array of African animals and quite possible the biggest attraction at the Safari.
Khaled Sultan Hilal Al Suwaidi, director of Leisure Facilities Department at Dubai Municipality, mentioned that different types of tickets are going to be available and affordable for everyone. Al Suwaidi also mentioned that the existing animals from the Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah are going to be moved into the Dubai Safari prior to the soft launch, after which announcements of the closure of Dubai Zoo will come.
As always, Dubai never fails to exceed expectations. Other than the glorious animals that we will have a chance to observe, the main building will contain a 1000-seat theater for various entertainment shows and activities, an interactive play zone for the youngest Safari visitors, as well as themed cafes and restaurants, a vet hospital and a research center equipped with a state-of-the-art laboratory.