December 12th, 2017 was the soft-opening day of one of Dubai Municipality’s most prominent projects, the Dubai Safari Park.
Construction of the Safari Park started almost 5 years ago in Al Warqa 5, close to the very popular Dragon Mart shopping centre. When completed, the park will occupy a total area of 119 hectares (1.19 km2) and will replace the old Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah. The total cost is anticipated to reach 1 billion Dirham (almost 273 million USD).
Safari Park will initially host 2,500 animals and this number will be doubled by 2020. Dubai Municipality has spared no effort in order to create a premium eco-friendly landmark, which aspires to become the top wildlife project in the world. Using the latest technological tools they have turned a waste dump site into a unique environment with the animals living in conditions resembling their natural habitats.
Safari Park has four main areas, the Arabian Safari Village, the Asian Village, the African Village and the Safari Village. There is also the Kids Farm area and the Wadi, along with various service areas.
Adults: AED50 ($13.6) without Safari Village / AED85 ($23) with Safari Village
Children: AED20 ($5.5) without Safari Village / AED30 ($8.2) with Safari Village
Children under 3 years old, adults over 60 years and people with disabilities enter for free