Dubai's $41m Safari Park zoo to open in 2016
The 119ha facility in Al Warqa will replace the current 1.5ha zoo along Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai
Dubai's Safari Park is likely to open by mid-2016, according to a municipality official.
Hanan Hassan Al Aradi from Dubai Municipality told Gulf News that the upcoming zoo in the Emirate, worth $40.8m (AED150m), will be ready next year.
The 119ha project is located in Al Warqa behind Dragon Mart, and is expected to replace the existing 1.5ha zoo on Jumeirah Beach Road.
Al Aradi said the zoo's design was drawn up incorporating internationally-renowned techniques.
"A team of specialists visited a number of the world’s best and important zoos, such as those in Indonesia, Singapore, Austria, Germany and the San Diego Zoo.
"It is important to note that we did not only use their best practices but also adapted them to suit the needs of Dubai,” she added.
Safari Park will use environment-friendly systems and practices, such as a hyrid operational system, water recycling, waste disposal, recycling facilities, and solar energy.
The project's construction schedule has been underway since 2012.