Visitors head to the Safari Village at Dubai Safari Park. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: Free entry to Dubai Safari will end on Wednesday,

the Dh1-billion wildlife park in Al Warqa’a 5 said in a public announcement on Tuesday.

“Thank you for your interest to visit Dubai Safari. We would like to inform you that starting from Thursday, 21/12/2017, entry to Dubai Safari will be with tickets,” it said.

As first reported by Gulf News, Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, had announced free entry for all to the 119-hectare project for two weeks after its soft opening on December 12.

Tens of thousands of residents have visited the new wildlife attraction that houses over 2,500 animals of around 250 species since then.

Due to the rush, the park had to restrict the entry on some days to families and also had to close early on most of the days after it reached its daily capacity of 10,000 guests. On Sunday, it also had to evacuate the visitors and shut early due to stormy weather conditions.

In a previous post on social media, Dubai Safari had also stated that the free admission would continue till December 26.

However, it became clear on Tuesday that the free admission will end earlier.

Hence, Wednesday will be the last family-only day to enjoy the free entry for families.

Featuring an open Safari drive and African, Arabian and Asian villages with animal enclosures from these places, Dubai Safari will continue to offer free entry to children below three, senior citizens above 60 and people of determination.

All access combo tickets are priced at Dh85 for adults and Dh30 for children above three. Entry to Safari Village and to the other three villages also have separate tickets priced at Dh50 for adults and Dh20 for children above three, respectively.