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Al Ain wildlife safari park 'to open this week'

217 hectare park and desert learning centre has been in planning since 2008

Al Ain wildlife safari park 'to open this week'

A long-awaited new wildlife safari park and resort is set to open in Al Ain this week, local media were told.

Al Ain Zoo director-general Ganem Al Hajeri told a press conference on Monday that the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre and Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort would open to visitors on Wednesday.

The scheme has been several years in the making – it was planned in 2008 to be one of the most environmentally sustainable mixed use, safari-inspired resort adjoined to the existing Al Ain Zoo.

There will reportedly be 400 species of wildlife across an area of 217 hectares, while the 12,500 sq m Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is intended to provide an in-depth description of the desert environment of Abu Dhabi as well as detailing national efforts to preserve the sustainability agenda, Al Hajeri told media.

The wildlife park is planned to include new additions in future, he added, including an elephant sanctuary, ‘Arab safari’ and ‘Asian safari’. He claimed it would become the largest man-made safari in the world.

Al Hajeri said: “These two projects deemed among the largest tourism projects in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, are a culmination of the zoo’s efforts to establish vital tourism projects that make Al Ain city an attractive major leisure destination in the emirate.”