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Dubai Safari to have theatre and interactive garden

The park will have 1,000 animals including rare and endangered species
Team shortlist01 Aug 2016 AT 09:44 AM
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Dubai Safari, Park, Attractions, Social Media, News, Around town, Dubai
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The buzz around Dubai Safari has been building for months, as we’re slowly drip fed new information. The latest teaser of the eco-friendly park is an image of the project’s main building – and it looks impressive.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality has given the go-ahead for the park’s main building at an estimated cost of AED151 million. It will include a theatre and an interactive garden for children.

According to Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor, the Deputy Director-General of Dubai Municipality, Dubai Safari will incorporate smart, secure and environmentally-friendly services. The park will utilise treated water and renewable energy.

. انطلاقاً من حرص حكومة دبي على جعل دبي وجهة متميزة للعالم بما توفره من خدمات متكاملة في كافة القطاعات والمجالات الخدمية ذات المستوى الرفيع وفقاً لأحدث المواصفات، وحرصاً من بلدية دبي على تنفيذ المشاريع والمرافق الخدمية التي تخدم مجتمع إمارة دبي، اعتمد سمو الشيخ حمدان بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب حاكم دبي وزير المالية رئيس بلدية دبي ترسية أعمال المبنى الرئيسي لمشروع سفاري دبي. In line with Dubai government's constant care to make Dubai a distinct destination of the world in terms of the services it offers in all sectors and service areas with a high level according to the latest specifications and in line with DM's constant care to implement projects and service facilities that serve Dubai's society, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality has adopted the work of the main building of Dubai Safari Project. #دبي #بلدية_دبي #Dubai #MyDubai #dubaimunicipality

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Occupying 119 hectares of land, Dubai safari, which will replace Dubai Zoo, is expected to open at the start of 2017. The project will be home to 1,000 animals, including 350 rare species. Some of the animal enclosures will be temperature controlled, and the park will use environmentally-friendly systems, including solar energy.

Giving a teaser of the construction work being carried out on the park, Dubai Municipality posted a video on their Instagram account along with a caption explaining that the park will become home to rare and endangered species.

HE Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality: “The new Dubai Safari will be home to almost 1,000 animals from around the world, and out of those, there will be more than 350 species of rare and endangered animals." 

In fact, the first animals have already moved in. Four months ago some animals arrived from Seoul Grand Park in Korea. Technical Director at Dubai Safari, Timothy Husband, said that they received “nine lions, four bears, nine monkeys and ten bats from Korea.”

“What we’ve done in the last 14 months is travel around the world looking for animals at different zoos,” he continued. ”Finding the best genetics so that Dubai Safari will have the best genetics possible of every type of animal available in zoos today.”

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