The king of the skies at the Dubai Zoo Image Credit: Marvin Diala, XPRESS Reader

Dubai: The 50-year-old Jumeirah Zoo will now be closed in preparation for the opening of the Dubai Safari project, Dubai Municipality announced on Wednesday.

In a press release, Khaled Al Suwaidi, director of Leisure Facilities Department at Dubai Municipality, said the zoo will be closed on November 5.

He said the Municipality has moved most of the animals in the Zoo to Dubai Safari, the  first of its kind Safari Park in the Middle East, which is slated to be ready by the end of November.

"The Zoo has been a testimony to the leadership's commitment and keenness all these years to be ahead in wildlife conservation and providing entertainment services to the local community,” said Al Suwaidi.

As part of our preparations for the opening of the Dubai Safari project and the closure of the Jumeirah Zoo, he said, the municipality is organizing a closing ceremony for the Zoo on the 5th of November to honour all the employees who worked in the Zoo.

"We would like to thank all the employees of the Zoo for their valuable efforts in the past years. We wish all of them the very best in the new project and we look forward to benefit from their expertise in the service of Dubai Safari,” said Al Suwaidi.

He added that the public will also be allowed to attend the closing ceremony and enter the Zoo free of charge on that day.