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Dubai’s $272m safari park opens

Dubai’s $272m safari park opens

Free entry is being offered to visitors for the next two weeks

The Dhs1bn ($272.2m) Dubai Safari park has soft launched in anticipation of its official opening to the public in the next two weeks.

The park, located over 119 hectares in Al Warqaa district opposite Dragon Mart, was originally due to open towards the end of last year but has been hit by repeated delays.

It replaces Dubai’s Jumeirah Zoo, which shut its doors on November 5. Around 1,000 animals from the zoo were shifted to the new park.

Read: Dubai Zoo to close its doors next month

Dubai Municipality director general Hussain Nasser Lootah told local press during a tour that the park hoped to “open officially after two weeks”.

Until then visitors are being offered free entry to see animals including white lions, white Siberian tigers, giraffes, chimpanzees, hippopotamus, peacocks, ostriches and crocodiles.

However, some of those in the final list of 2,500 animals across 250 species have yet to arrive including a group of elephants.

Among the highlights are what is claimed to be the world’s first experience of driving through water with crocodiles. Visitors can also see lions, birds and baboons in a safari experience.

Enclosures in Asian, African and Arabian village areas will open from 9am to 9pm but the main Safari village will open from 9am to 6pm with tickets only issued until 4pm.

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