More than 1,000 animals and birds of Dubai Zoo will get a new home soon as the first phase of the eagerly awaited Dubai Safari will be ready by the end of March, Dubai Municipality (DM) has announced.
As reported by Gulf News, 80 per cent of the leveling internal roads and parking works in Dubai Safari project have been completed, with the rest expected to be ready by the end of the first quarter.
The Dh150-million project, spanning a total area of 400 hectares, is located in Al Warqa 5 on Aweer Road.
Stage one of Dubai Safari, which will include a Butterfly Park, golf courses, besides entertainment and recreational facilities, covers 60 hectares, and will house many new animal exhibits, said Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality.
Dubai Safari will be built over an old landfill area of Dubai, spread over 1.5-hectare area.
Dubai Safari will be divided into different sections — like African, Asian and Arabian — for animals coming from different geographical locations, with architecture and landscaping to match.
Dubai zoo is situated opposite to Jumeriah Beach. Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo in the Gulf and its management was taken over by Dubai Municipality in the 1970s. It houses more than 200 animal species, including some of the rarest.