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VIDEO: Dubai’s massive new safari park

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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 $40.8 million 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.”

Dozens of people quickly commented to ask when the park will open, though Dubai Municipality did not confirm a date, responding, “We will provide you with more information soon.” Reports suggest that the safari park will open at the beginning of next year, meaning that there may not be long to wait.

The Safari Park is being built on a 119 hectare plot of land, opposite Dragon Mart. It will replace Dubai Zoo on Jumeirah Beach Road, which is much smaller, covering just two hectares.

Attractions include an hour-long tour in an air conditioned jeep and a safari trip on the back of an elephant. There will even be a cave for nocturnal animals that visitors can see with special glasses. Animal encounter areas are also being constructed, including a giraffe feeding area.

The park will make use of solar energy and recycling to make it as environmentally friendly as possible. As well as over 1,000 animals, the park will has over 100 different kinds of plans, and more than 2,500 trees.

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