By Parag Deulgaonkar
$272m park will be home to 1,000 animals of which over 350 will be rare and endangered species
Dubai Municipality is set to open the Dubai Safari Park by year-end, a municipality official told Arabian Business.
The park, covering an area of 119 hectares in the Al-Warqa Fifth district and built at an estimated cost of $272 million (AED1 billion), will be home to 1,000 animals of which over 350 will be rare and endangered species. It replaces the existing zoo in Jumeirah.
“The park is ready and will open before end of the year,” the official at the Wetex event said asking not to be named.
The civic body is currently generating 200 kilowatt per day of solar power to run six irrigation pumps for the whole park.
“One of the car parks has been installed with solar panels which generates 200 kilowatt energy to run our irrigation pumps that consume 170 kilowatt,” the official said.
Besides, the park will is recycling irrigation water into sweet water.
“The water is recycled through our treatment plant and pumped into all the water bodies where the animals will sit to cool themselves as using Dewa water would be expensive.”
The municipality has set up an irrigation water tank with a capacity of 2.5 million gallon per day and one million gallon tank for Dewa water to be used for mist cooling system, two-kilometre-long wadi, animal drinking water, etc.
The park has been constructed on a former construction waste landfill that was leveled and reclaimed to provide a suitable site. Technical committees were formed in selecting animals and distributing them in places resembling their natural habitats and geographical distribution.