After a ‘soft’ grand opening on December 12, 2017, Dubai’s newest wildlife sanctuary has officially opened its doors. A project initiated to replace Jumeirah Zoo, the Dubai Safari Park is a much larger and diverse reserve. Sprawling over a massive 119 hectares, the park gives visitors and residents the rare chance to get up close and personal with hundreds of exotic animals.
Currently, the park is home to 2,500 animals, covering 250 different species. Lions, tigers, gazelles, hippos, buffalo, hyena, flamingos, gorillas, chimpanzees, reptiles, and plenty more, the park strives to replicate various natural habitats found across the globe. WIth elephants, zebra, cheetahs and more still yet to arrive, the park plans to increase its number to over 5,000 animals by 2020, with 350 species including endangered animals.
Transport yourself to the African Savannah, wonder through the jungles of Asia, venture through the Arabian Desert and much more - Dubai Safari Park is your ticket to the wild! With this ultimate guide, discover all the major attractions, find all your practical information, and learn where to score discounted Dubai Safari Park tickets so that you can make the most of your experience.
Dubai Safari Park in a Nutshell
Dubai Safari Park is the perfect activity for families travelling to Dubai with kids. The interactive park is home to 2,500 animals, birds, and reptiles, comprising of 250 different species from various habitats. A DH150 million project, Dubai Safari Park aims to educate visitors about the different animals and their ecosystems, taking them as close to the wild as possible.
Dubai Safari Park was built with a focus on conservation and promotes the breeding of endangered species, with an aim to release them back into the wild. The park is also built in a way that allows visitors to enjoy a comprehensive world tour, meeting different species from all over the world. Be it Savannah grasslands, or tropical rainforests, each area replicates the animals’ natural habitat.
Education is also a huge priority for the park, with several programs dedicated to local schools. On site, children can enjoy a great kids zoo and an interactive theatre with films about wildlife and conservation. Throughout the park, there are also a plethora of interactive games and activities - the cheetah race and bird flight exhibitions are major crowd pullers!
Daily from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Al Warquaa 5 District, opposite The Farm, near Dragon Mart - Dubai, UAE
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Dubai Safari Park Main Attractions
Dubai Safari Park is divided into four areas: Arabian Village, Safari Village, African Village, and Asian Village. Each village is dedicated to providing visitors with a unique learning experience tailored to a specific region. Guests can see animals, view interactive shows, watch theatre presentations, and more. Two of the villages (Arabian Village and Safari Village) can only be visited by on a guided tour, by tram or bus, while the other two (African Village, and Asian Village) can be explored independently by foot.
Guided Tour Villages
These villages can only be accessed by vehicle. A professional and friendly guide will lead the way, providing informative, interesting and fun commentary throughout the way.
1. Arabian Village
Upon entering Dubai Safari Park, your adventure will begin with a guided tour of the Arabian Village. From the comfort of a luxurious tram, travel through the desert as your expert guide informs you all about the animals and creatures that make up this fragile ecosystem. You’ll also get to see firsthand what the park’s conservation team is doing to protect indigenous species.
For an interactive experience, hop off the tram at the Children’s Farm, or petting zoo. In addition to interacting with animals, children can also partake in a variety of educational and fun activities. From an animal footprint activity where kids can try on different paw prints to get a feel of what it’s like to ‘walk in their shoes’, to a training session on how to milk a goat or cow, the petting zoo is family favorite.
The main animals in this village are: the ostrich, sheep, Arabian oryx, spinner, malignant pain, Arab wolf, gazelle, Arabian wolf, Saiga antelope, and ibex. At the petting zoo, interact with ponies, cows, and goats.
Approximate tour time: 20-25 minutes for the tram tour; 1- 1.5 hours at the petting zoo
2. Safari Village
Safari Village is the park’s main attraction. Nothing short of a thrilling adventure, this tour takes your from Africa to Asia. As you set off in a 4WD, prepare to drive by the UAE’s most diverse collection of animals.
As you make your way through the African grasslands, watch out for the troop of over 70 baboons, cruise past a group of white rhinos, come face to face with giraffes, zebras and deer, and catch the mesmerizing sight of African lions basking in the sun. The fun doesn’t stop there - you’ll also get to visit the UAE’s only drive-through tiger and hippo exhibits, as well the world’s first drive-through Nile crocodile exhibit!
As you venture through the Asian region, pass thars, mountain goats and cheetahs. Home the UAE’s largest herd of elephants, you’ll also get to watch these lovable creatures as they swim and play in the water at the Elephant’s Region. At Tiger Falls, pass under a waterfall as the bus takes you past some of Asia’s most magnificent big cats.
After touring around, relax at one of the village’s restaurants or cafes before heading to the Safari Theater where you can learn more about the park’s species. Dedicated to the park’s feathered creatures, shows here educate on five different species of birds, ranging from owls to hawks. Guests will have the opportunity to see and interact with the birds in their habits.
The main animals in this village are: hippopotamus, papillon monkeys, antelope, zebra, lions, African buffalo, rhinoceros, Nile crocodile, elephants, tigers, hyena, deer, water buffalo, and cheetahs.
Approximate tour time: one hour
Walking Tour Villages
These villages can explored by foot, at your leisure. Professional guides are available to answer any questions you might have about the exhibits.
3. African Village
Get a taste of Africa as you step into this village’s diverse collection of mammals and reptiles. Upon entering, you’ll pass by huge baobab trees, setting the scene for your tour of the African Savannah. Visit two of the continent’s great apes (chimpanzees and gorillas). Watch lemur monkeys swinging in the trees, catch a family elephants, visit the UAE’s largest aviary exhibit, admire a plethora of snakes at the reptile house, and see pygmy hippos swimming in the water. And last, but certainly not least, witness lions laying in the grasslands.
The main animals in this village are: the brown deer, flamingos, komodo dragons, black and white lemurs, gorillas, chimpanzees, red lemur, dwarf hippo, African elephants, and African lions.
Approximate tour time: 1 - 1.5 hours
4. Asian Village
The Asian Village is characterized by its orangutan population. A species originally from Indonesia and Polynesia, orangutans are a severely endangered species. This village is also home to the moon bear, also known as the Asian black bear. Komodo dragons and other reptiles can also be visited here.
Also situated in the Asian Village is the park’s largest theater. Accommodating more than 600 people, the theatre features five different shows each day.
The main animals in this village are: black bear, orangutans, and komodo dragons.
Approximate tour time: 1 - 1.5 hours
Valley Area / Wadi Area
Perfect for a relaxing rest, this section of the park offers a nice grassy area with a nearby stream. Stroll around for a walk, picnic on the grass, or grab a bite at one of the nearby restaurants.
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Explore the 119 hectare animal sanctuary and take in the diverse array of wildlife which is rarely seen in the Arabian desert. Drive into the different zones on an eco-friendly solar-powered vehicles and you spend your day taking in the unique experience that is the Safari Park, Dubai.
- Discover different zones and ecosystem of the animals and watch animal shows at two separate theatres
- Special area for kids to interact with animals and learn more about them
- See fascinating animals including lions, elephants, crocodiles, giraffes and more
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Dubai Safari Park Hours
Dubai Safari Park is open from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM, every day of the year including holidays. Timings will vary during the month of Ramadan, so be sure to check the official website.
Getting to Dubai Safari Park
Dubai Safari Park is located on Al Waqra 5, at the Hatta Road. The main approach road is Al Awir, opposite the Desert Palm Resort and Hotel. It is easily accessible by cab. Here are the distances from some of Dubai’s major landmarks:
• International Airport: 17kms
• Dubai city: 23kms
• Jumeirah: 25kms
• Palm Jumeirah: 41kms
• Sharjah: 30kms
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