Dubai Zoo. Zoo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Zoo

Zoo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Dubai’s zoo is the most contentious attraction in the whole city. Renowned for the cramped living conditions it offers its animal inhabitants; it is one of the least recommended landmarks in town. Which is a real pity, considering it is the oldest zoo in the whole Arabian peninsula and houses over 230 different species of interesting animals, including gorillas, Bengal tigers and Siberian tigers as well. Moreover, it is certainly out of character for an Emirati to boast such a below standard attraction.

The Dubai Zoo is centrally located right near Jumeirah Shopping Centre, and costs only 2DHS to visit. In this relatively expensive city, the entry price ought to give you a fair idea of what to expect. The zoo is popular with locals, who think it is a fine place in which to take the family on a relaxing Saturday. Cheap, accessible and central, the zoo is indeed a very convenient attraction, albeit not a very good one. The zoo is open from 10am until 6pm, every day except Tuesday.

On a particularly good note, there have been plans in the making for the building of a brand new zoo in Dubai, with the intention of moving the current exhibits now living in poor conditions at Dubai Zoo, in an extensive, open-plan safari park. This is one of the most exciting news to emerge from Dubai in years.

Dubai’s new safari park

The ambitious new project, which is set to finally open in 2015 in the Al Warqa area (south-east of Downtown), will cover nearly 300 acres and comprise a plethora of different animal exhibits. Specimens from all over the globe will call this home, in beautifully (and ideally) landscaped surroundings. There will be an Asian and African section, as well as an Arabian area, botanical gardens, butterfly enclosure, luxury resort and golf course (unsurprisingly) and extensive vet facilities.

Size wise, this safari park will be approximately 80- times bigger than the current zoo, which gives one a pretty good idea of just how restricted the animals are in the existing zoo.

Exhibits which include animals not originally from the Arabian Peninsula will live in climate controlled zones, and the whole complex is being hailed as innovative due to the plan of running the park almost entirely on solar energy.

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

While this mega safari is being built, you may want to visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo instead. This attraction may not be the world’s most exciting, that’s granted, yet it is still infinitely more appealing than Dubai Zoo. An underwater tunnel and extensive collection of sea creatures make his a very good place to visit for animal lovers of all ages. Take a glass-bottom boat tour, feed the fish and get a little-too-close to sharks for comfort. You’ll find the aquarium on the ground floor of Dubai Mall.

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Author: Laura Pattara. Last updated: Mar 25, 2015

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