Dubai Zoo is set to close on November 5
Dubai Zoo, located in Jumeirah, will close its doors for the last time on November 5. Having been open to the public for over 50 years, the zoo will shut to make way for the opening of Dubai Safari.
"The Zoo has been a testimony to the leadership's commitment and keenness all these years to be ahead in wildlife conservation and providing entertainment services to the local community," said Khalid Al Suwaidi, Director of Leisure Facilities Department at Dubai Municipality.
"As part of our preparations for the opening of the Dubai Safari project and the closure of the zoo, we are organising a ceremony on the 5th November to honour all employees," he added.
The public will be able to attending the closing ceremony and enter the zoo free of charge.
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 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.
The project will be home to 1,000 animals, including 350 rare species which will be cared for in temperature controlled environments. Each section 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.