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VIDEO: Sneak peek inside Dubai Safari Park before opening

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Team shortlist13 Jul 2017 AT 09:15 AM
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Dubai Safari Park
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A brand new video of Dubai Safari Park has just been released and, by the looks of it, it’s going to be open sooner than we thought.

The video entitled “Dubai Safari Park: The Countdown Begins” was posted just 18 hours ago and has since been retweeted over 20 times.

While the park’s exact opening date is not yet known, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, has previously hinted that the 1.2 square kilo metre park will be done by the end of the year.

If you’re new to town or haven’t heard of the project before, here’s what you need to know.

The park is located in Al Warqaa. Once completed it will feature a number of themed sections including an African, Asian and Open Safari village.

It’s said to be twice the size of the world’s smallest country, the Vatican City, and will replace the Dubai Zoo.

The project will be home to 1,000 animals, including 350 rare species which will be cared for in temperature controlled environments.

The solar powered park will also have a valley that will span across roughly 7.5 hectares and will feature a waterfall, stream and a lake for fish.

Each section of the park is aimed at providing an ideal location for animals to live and at boosting the nation’s tourism rate.

It will also feature authentic restaurants and shelters to further provide the feeling of being the jungle.

Speaking on the project, the Director of the Dubai Municipality’s Leisure Facilities Department, Khalid Al Suwaidi said: “There are many special elements of suspense and excitement as well as opportunities to closely interact with the animals.”

He added that there will be electric vehicles such as cars, trains and buses to help visitors navigate from one site to another. 

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