Work is in progress on Al Aweer Road opposite Dragonmart, to continue the building and landscaping the desert to prepare the launch of Dubai’s new Safari Park zoo in time for a 2015 opening.
Dubai Zoo located on Jumeirah Road was to be shifted and had been under discussion over the past 10 years. The mega project has been analyzed, revised and studied to relocating roughly 1,000 animals from their existing restricted quarters.
The expansion of the new zoo is being approved and managed by Dubai Municipality. The place will have one of the most modern facilities in the world rise from the sand in the Al Warqa area.
According to the officials of Dubai Municipality, the entire project is running on track and will be completed by the end of 2015. The project is planned to 12 phases, and the construction of the Safari Village is in progress. The finishing touches on the wadi has already been completed.
The Safari Park will have four allocated sections, African, Asian and Arabian Villages and an open safari for animals coming from different geographical locations, with an architecture and landscaping to match.
The massive project covers a total area of 120 hectares of land, and is going to be a green project- built to be energy-efficient. An official said that the first phase of construction took a long time to complete due to a landfill and a lot of cleaning to level the site was done.
The excavation works on the Dh150 million park project since September 2012 has been carried out by the municipality and now the ground has been flattened, whereas areas for internal and external roads have also been prepared.
The Dubai Safari Park development will consist of a zoo, safari and butterfly park, botanical garden, resort, golf course along with the educational, conservation and veterinary facilities.
Dubai Safari’s headway has gathered the interest of the people. The new zoo will provide a much advanced quality of life for the animals in the current 1.5-hectare attraction, which was initially constructed in 1967.
Though in 2005, the General Projects Department at Dubai Municipality had declared that the safari park would be built as an extension of Mushrif Park, but in 2007 the civic body then stated that it would be transferred to Dubai-land and cover 350 hectares. But then again it could not meet its deadline in 2009 and the project was then scrapped due to the global recession. The civic administration had confirmed its location to be at Al Warqa in 2012.
The location is under construction and slowly taking shape, prepared to be one of the main attractions; the water feature package includes a wadi, which is now completed. The construction work is expected to be accomplished within one year’s time.
Coming up soon, the safari project is set to be larger than the old zoo, but also feature a long list of amenities that are all environmentally justifiable.
Dubai Municipality’s initiative is going to undertake power consumption with designing the green project, and to incorporate solar power, water recycling, waste disposal and other recycling facilities.
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