DUBAI SAFARI : My Review of Dubai’s Latest Attraction!

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.

ZONES :

  1. 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.
  2. Asian Village: Spot a Moon Bears, Gibbons or Komodo Dragons. The Sea Lion theatre is not open yet.
  3. 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 🙂
  4. Wadi Area: Beautifully landscaped valley with a river, walking paths and lush greenery. Perfect for a picnic or a nap under the trees.
  5. 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!

ARABIAN VILLAGE 


ASIAN VILLAGE


AFRICAN VILLAGE 


WADI AREA


SAFARI VILLAGE 


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 !


INFO :

  • 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

VERDICT : 

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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Dubai Safari Park

DUBAI SAFARI : A very special delivery has just arrived

Exciting news …the long-awaited Safari Park in Al Warqa / Dubai is near completion and already started to receive its first animal residents.

Lions, monkeys, bats and bears arrived from South Korea and settling down in their new home near to Dragon Mart on the Al Awir road.

119 hectares of landscaped animal park it’s built on disused landfill and will open in second half of this year. Once fully operational, it will become a home for more than 10.500 animals from around the world. ( for comparison – Singapore Zoo expanse is 28 ha )

Themed sectors are being created to simulate African Savannah, Asian Villages and of course the Arabian desert and Wadi’s

As you can see from the below photos, the Safari style animal structures and recreational facilities are completed. I really like those thatched roof structures made by Dubai based company Cape Reed. I wish I have garden big enough to have one on my own.

The entire park is promised to be sustainable, ecological and very very green.

Thanks CapeReed for those great images. Czech their other projects at capereed.com