Dubai's new Safari Park Zoo set to open next year
To house more than 1,000 animals
Workers have recently started building and landscaping the Dubai desert to shape the city's new Safari Park zoo, set to open next year.
Plans to relocate the current Dubai Zoo on Jumeirah Road, have been scrutinised, reworked and revised over the past ten years, with officials today coming up with the feasible idea of relocating around 1,000 animals from their existing cramped quarters to the new zoo.
The development of the new zoo — which is 80 times bigger than the Jumeirah facility — is being carried out by Dubai Municipality and will see one of the most modern and eco-friendly facilities in the world be created in the Al Warqa area.
"The project is smoothly running on track and will be completed by the end of 2015," said an official at Dubai Municipality, "The project consists of 12 phases, and within the next few weeks we are going to start construction on the Safari Village. The wadi has already been completed."
The Safari Park will be divided into four different sections — African, Asian and Arabian villages and an open safari — featuring wild animals coming from different geographical locations, with architecture and landscaping to match.
"The project covers a total area of 120 hectares of land, and is a green project in the sense that it will be energy-efficient," stated the official.