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Dubai Safari Park

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Dubai Safari Park (new Dubai Zoo)

Dubai Safari Park (DS, DSP) is a new (in 2017) animal park established in Al Warqa area to replace the old Dubai Zoo which was located in Jumeirah 1 on Jumeirah Beach Rd. DSP is still a zoo, albeit much larger than the old zoo, not a drive-through wildlife park into which you take your own car. There are drive-around sections but you are a passenger in one of the Dubai Safari driven vehicles.

The Safari Park closed on 15 May 2018, initially for a few months so the animals could go on their summer holidays, but the park has remained closed since then. In Oct 2018 there were reports of the park opening soon but it didn't. No information as of Oct 2019 about a new opening date. Their website has a signup section to be notified of "Exciting changes coming soon". We signed up in 2018 but haven't received any notification of anything.

Information and guide to Dubai Safari Park

The zoo is divided into several areas, mostly outdoors, so expect to be hot in summer. Entry ticket covers all of them except the Safari Village, which requires a separate ticket for the bus tour (airconditioned) through that area.

The zoo opened in Dec 2017 with limited facilities open and not very many animals but tickets were free for a week with nearly all 2 million inhabitants of Dubai trying to visit the zoo, resulting in most of them stuck in traffic jams and long queues. For a better experience, wait another month or three before visiting. Best time of year to visit is Nov-Mar, although midday times can still be quite hot. From Apr-Oct expect it to be either very hot or unbearably hot walking around, and from Jul-Sep expect it to be intolerable during the day even with the misting fans throughout the park. Bring an umbrella for the sun.

Safari Village is bus drive only. Arabian Village is train ride only. African Village can be viewed from a tram ride, but to see all of this area you'll still need to walk a bit. Allow at least half a day if you want to see everything (assuming it's all open when you read this). DubaiSafari suggests 4 hrs (Jan 2018, previously suggested 8 hrs). Add 2-3 hours queuing time for entrance and bus trips if it's busy.

Dubai Safari ticket prices and visitor information (Dec 2017)

Dubai Safari opening times

Dubai Safari opening date and free entry period

Dubai Safari free entry in Dec 2017

Dubai Safari facilities

Dubai Safari other information

Dubai Safari Park transport

Dubai Safari random information incorrect, odd, unconfirmed

Visiting Dubai Safari Park in summer

Dubai Safari Park jobs and careers

Dubai Safari personnel, contact and location details


Last update Tuesday 22-Oct-2019.
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