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New Dubai Safari - an outdoor zoo to open soon

12 April 2017

A large outdoor zoo, spanning an area of about 1.2 sq. kms, which is more than twice the size of Vatican City, will be completed with months.  The new ‘Dubai Safari’, located at Al Warqa’a 5 aims to be the ideal habitat for wildlife.

The Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, who inspected the park with senior officials, said that no opening date was given for the park, but according to the Municipality, the park will be ready within the next few months.

The Dubai Safari will include an African Village, an Asian Village, Open Safari Village and a Children’s Park. Supported by solar power, a valley has been set up in an area of 7.5 hectares, which include a waterfall, a stream, a lake for fish, and wooden bridges.

Work on a 0.22 square kilometre of Open Safari is complete. The visitor movement will be through electric vehicles, said Khalid Al Suwaidi, the Director of Municipality’s leisure facilities department. There are several special elements of suspense and excitement and opportunity to closely interact with animals.

Electric cars, buses and trains are likely to transport tourists between various sections of the park.

The Vatican City in Rome is the seat of Catholicism, and spans 0.44 sq kms, with a population of 842, making it the smallest state in area and population.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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