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Dh150 million Dubai Safari to showcase wildlife in natural setting

New Dubai landmark worth Dh150m expected to be completed by the end of 2014

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:30 April 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Dubai Municipality
  • An artist’s impression of Dubai Safari, which will replace the Dubai Zoo. The project will comprise a zoo, butterfly park, botanical garden, resort and golf course and other facilities.
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Dubai: You might be forgiven for thinking that you have entered into foreign waters as you make your way through wadis filled with flamingos and animals running through greenery – this is the new Dubai Zoo.

Known as Dubai Safari, the Dh150 million park project is right on track and senior officials at Dubai Municipality have confirmed that the new Dubai landmark has completed its first phase of construction and, as scheduled, will be completed by the end of 2014.

The municipality has been carrying out excavation work since September 2012 and has been levelling the ground, as well as setting up the areas for internal and external roads. The Dubai Safari project covers 120 hectares that will consist of a zoo, safari and butterfly park, botanical garden, resort, and golf course, in addition to educational and veterinary facilities.

At 29 hectares, the zoo, which is located in Al Warqa area along Al Aweer Road opposite Dragon Mart, will replace the existing 1.5 hectare zoo in Jumeirah. It is expected to feature more than 1,000 animals and birds.

“Within two weeks, we will start carrying out the works for the infrastructure and work on the water feature package. The schedule is going according to plan and will be completed by the end of next year,” said Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality.

There will initially be 1,600 parking spaces over two designated areas and further down the line, the municipality intends to expand it to 3,600 parking spaces across 9.4 hectares.

“The first phase took time to complete because it used to be a landfill, so we had to clean and level the site. One of the other main challenges was designing the zoo because we had to keep in consideration the summer heat as it can get very hot between the months of May and September,” he said.

Lootah explained that some of the animals need to be kept in a controlled environment, and these buildings would use simple, water-cooled greenhouse technology. The buildings are envisioned to be large structures equipped with an artificial mud pathway with dense vegetation, which would reduce the temperatures for visitors moving between exhibits.

With the advice of a municipal zoologist and international specialists, Dubai Municipality was also able to choose what kind of animals would be chosen to live at Dubai Safari. For the animals’ consideration, the safari park will be closed at night so that they can rest peacefully.

The Safari will be divided into four different sections — African, Asian and Arabian Villages and an open safari — for animals coming from different geographical locations, with architecture and landscaping to match.

“Dubai Safari is a green project, which means that we have made it as sustainable as possible. Water will be the main element of the project, as a wadi and a waterfall will be built, and some of the villages will have boating activities,” he said.

Lootah pointed out that the municipality has taken power consumption into consideration and will incorporate various methods of energy conservation and energy- efficient designs, including solar power, water recycling, waste disposal and recycling.

“Various types of transport, which will run using solar energy, will be available to take visitors from one place to the other, and there will be a rubber wheeled tram and monorail capsules,” he added.

Comments (11)

  1. Added 15:29 April 21, 2013

    I am proud to be in Dubai and this extension will fascinate people around the world.

    Syed Amjad Ali, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:56 April 21, 2013

    It's about time those poor animals in Jumeirah get a bigger home. Wouldn't want to see the king of beasts in a small cage again.

    Sam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:59 April 21, 2013

    This was expected from DM. Fantastic inputs that is well appreciated by each and every one. As for every other project Dubai runs and completes. God Bless Dubai! Cant wait to visit the park.

    Jorden G, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:44 April 21, 2013

    Awesome! Dubai always amazes all. Very good iniatiative by Dubai Municipality, after all Animals deserve a wider and natural habitat to suit them. It will indeed be a great Tourist attraction.

    Murtuza Ali, Abu Dhabi, India

  5. Added 12:40 April 21, 2013

    really it is good one! We are really waiting for that day. hope the work will finish soon..

    VINOD, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 11:36 April 21, 2013

    This is great. One thing that was missing from charismatic Dubai was a Safari Park. Please have the indegenious species in their natural enviornment

    Jithesh, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:31 April 21, 2013

    Nice to hear Dubai is making wildlife safari... surely Dubai will make a perfect spot and will take well care of this project like others.

    Ridhwan, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

  8. Added 11:17 April 21, 2013

    Relocation of Dubai Zoo to a much more animal-friendly premises is long overdue. I cannot bear to look at those animals crammed into the smallest possible cages where they can barely stretch their legs, let alone walk. I with to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Dubai municipality and the authorities for extending a supporting hand to these poor animals. I hope the project would be completed on time and will turn out to be just as successful as all the other environment-friendly projects Dubai has come up with thus far.

    Laxmi Nair, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:09 April 21, 2013

    Dubai never ceases to amaze! Another great intiative that will benefit residents and tourists alike.

    Ahmar, Dubai, Pakistan

  10. Added 10:03 April 21, 2013

    Very good. It will be a nice experience, waiting for that!

    Fareed Bin Basheer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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