Dubai Safari Park
The construction of Dubai Safari Park started in 2012, with its opening being after the summer of 2017. Its initial opening was planned in 2016 but was pushed to 2017 due to Dubai’s intense heat, which slowed down construction and the importation of rare animals.
The 120 hectares park is expected to replace Dubai Zoo and is located on Al Aweer Road, opposite Dragonmart. The project was initially scrutinised and revised to come up with a feasible plan; allowing 1000 animals to be relocated.
The construction and development are being carried out by Dubai Municipality in 12 phases. The safari park itself will have four separate sections: Africa, Asian and Arabic villages and an open safari. The villages will have landscape and architecture to match and contain animals from different geographical locations, as well as 200 different plant species.
Dubai Safari can be considered as a green project as it’s extremely energy efficient. A section of the park was built over a landfill; which first had to be cleaned out and levelled. This is one of the reasons it took incredibly long to make.
The Safari will consist of a zoo, safari, butterfly park, botanical garden and resorts along with educational conservations and veterinary facilities.
Cages have been designed to suit the climate and will be temperature-controlled. They will ensure that animals are taken care of and feel comfortable in their environment. Additionally, the cages will also use water-cooled greenhouse technology.
The facilities listed above are all environmentally sustainable and will incorporate solar power. The parks will absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity during the night. The park will also allow for water recycling and waste disposal amongst other recycling facilities.
The director Tim Husband has revealed that 70% of the park is finished and they are now ensuring that the animals are enclosed safely and are not carrying any exotic diseases, which can spread quickly. The first group of animals to finish their quarantine will most likely be animals from Korea.
As for zookeepers, Tim Husband is looking to recruit from India and Sri Lanka. They want someone who is truly passionate and wants to learn more about zookeeping.
Overall, 10,000 animals are expected, and the park will consist of chilled pools, misting machines and theatres seating 1000 people.
Future expansion plans include an American and Australian exhibit as well.
The park hopes to become to become part of the top 5 best safari parks in the world within a span of 5 years and attract 10,000 visitors per day. The parking lot will allow for 3,600 cars.