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Dubai Safari to have soft opening on Tuesday

Emirate's newest attraction will replace one of the city's oldest

Dubai Safari to have soft opening on Tuesday
Dubai Safari Park will have a soft opening on Tuesday next, Dubai Municipality announced.

Dubai Safari Park will have a soft opening on Tuesday next, Dubai Municipality announced.

The $270m park will open from 9am to 5pm during the soft opening phase, according to Khaled Al Suwaidi, director of Leisure Facilities Department with Dubai Municipality.

The new facility, which depends on solar power for its energy needs, is developed on an area of 119 hectares in Al Warqaa 5 of the city, off the Dubai-Hatta Highway.

Dubai Municipality said the project, which saw a former waste dump site transformed into a tourist attraction, aims to create the best habitat for the wildlife in the world.

The park houses 2,500 animals representing more than 250 species native to the Middle East, Asia and Africa regions. The new development also aims to raise awareness about wildlife welfare and conservation through best practices and research.

An all-access package will cost AED30 for children and AED85 for adults while entry to the villages excluding Safari Village is priced at AED20 for children and AED50 for adults. Children under three, elderly over 60 and people of determination will be given free access to the park.

The emirate’s newest attraction replaces one of the city’s oldest – Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah – which closed last month after 50 years in operation. The animals were relocated to their new home at Dubai Safari.

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