It has been three months since the opening of Dubai’s newest attraction…the Dubai Safari Park.
I decided to delay my first visit to the park until the dust settled and it was worth the wait! Even though the 120-hectare wildlife park in Al Warqa area is not fully finished, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
Once fully complete, 2500 animals will call this place their home. I was happy to see spacious and nicely designed enclosures with the well-being of the animals kept in mind. They even have Air Conditioning to keep them cool ( if you travel to Dubai in summer you know what I mean 🙂 )
TIP: ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID QUEUES AND MID-DAY HEAT!
The entire park is divided into five zones. One of them is the actual Safari tour and for this, you need to purchase a separate ticket or purchase combo ticket at the entrance ( see details at the end of this post ).
Transport between the different zones is serviced by buses and open trams.
- Arabian Village: Take a 15min ride on the open train through sand dunes and watch animals native to the Middle East region, such as Oryx, Gazelles, and Antelopes.
- Asian Village: Spot a Moon Bears, Gibbons or Komodo Dragons. The Sea Lion theatre is not open yet.
- African Village: Walk between massive Baobab trees, visit UAE largest Aviary and Reptile house in this self-walking zone filled with fun things to do and see. If you love Meerkats same as I do, this is the place for you 🙂
- Wadi Area: Beautifully landscaped valley with a river, walking paths and lush greenery. Perfect for a picnic or a nap under the trees.
- Safari Village: Exciting 40min Safari drive-through water and land. Watch carefully for White Rhinos, Tigers, Girrafes, and Crocodiles. Easily the highlight of the day!
The Good :
- Beautifully landscaped park with a huge amount of greenery
- Affordable entrance fee
- Friendly staff
- Large and very enjoyable Safari with a lot of animals
- Two huge play areas for Kids
Not So Good :
- It was dirty during my visit, buses full of rubbish, chewing gums etc. Hmmm
- No restaurants are open yet, but they have food trucks.
- Food trucks only accept cash ( except one )
- The glass viewing panels into the animals enclosures were scratched and dirty, it was difficult to take a decent shot
Currently, the Spanish global park operator Parques Reunidos is taking over the Dubai Safari’s day-to-day operations, so we should see some improvements soon !
- Tickets: AED 50 / Kids 20 & Combo with Safari AED 85 / Kids AED 30
- Open daily from 9am till 7pm
- Accessible by car only – from Dubai Marina 40min / Dubai Downtown 20min
- Area – Al Warqa / opposite Dragon Mart
Despite few “glitches”, I have really enjoyed my time in the park and spent more than four hours discovering all the different areas, exhibits and interactive experiences. It is a perfect place to escape the city, relax and have a fun day out for a very fair price!
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