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$40.8 million Safari Park to open in Dubai next year

New zoo project will include 350 rare and endangered species and will be spread over 119 hectares

$40.8 million Safari Park to open in Dubai next year

Dubai’s new zoo, Safari Park, is expected open by mid-2016, a senior official told Gulf News.

The $40.8 million (AED 150 million) project, located at Al Warqa behind Dragon Mart, will cover a total area of 119 hectares.

It will be home to nearly 1,000 animals, from around the world, including 350 rare and endangered species.

The park is set to replace the current 1.5 hectare zoo on Jumeirah Beach Road. All animals will be relocated to the new space.

Construction on the project has been in place since 2012.

Hanan Hassan Al Aradi, an official at the Dubai Municipality, told Gulf News that the Safari Park’s design is based on the world’s best zoos.

“A team of specialists visited a number of the world’s best and important zoos, such as those in Indonesia, Singapore, Austria, Germany and the San Diego Zoo. It is important to note that we did not only use their best practices but also adapted them to suit the needs of Dubai,” she said.

The zoo will use environmentally-friendly systems - including a hybrid operational system, water recycling, waste disposal, and recycling facilities – and solar energy.

It will entail a landscape featuring 2,500 trees and 100 different kinds of plants.

The animals’ cages will be temperature-controlled and designed to use water-cooled greenhouse technology.

Other attractions at the zoo include a golf course, botanical garden, butterfly garden, and restaurants.

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