10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE NEW DUBAI SA­FARI

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT: INSIDE DUBAI SAFARI -

One of the four restau­rants will have a view of the chee­tah ex­hibit so din­ers can watch chee­tahs race salukis on a track. Guests will need eight hours to cover the park’s sprawl­ing 119 hectares. The park is now 75 per cent com­plete ahead of the Oc­to­ber soft launch.

Project man­agers plan to build a sec­ond phase to the park ex­hibit­ing an­i­mals from the Amer­i­cas and Aus­tralia.

A new ho­tel will be built on site so guests can spread ex­pan­sive tours over two days.

The sa­fari park has a rock arch with a gap for wild goats to jump over­head as visi­tors drive un­der­neath.

Two the­atres will show ed­u­ca­tional an­i­mal shows at the park. The larger au­di­to­rium will seat 1,000 peo­ple for shows with small mam­mals such as ot­ters, bin­tur­ong (mini bear cat) and rac­coons. A sec­ond the­atre seat­ing 300 visi­tors will hold close en­coun­ters with birds and rep­tiles.

The African area will have a host of ex­otic an­i­mals in­clud­ing lions, go­ril­las, chim­panzees, warthogs, kaarpi al­pacas, bongo an­te­lope, dik diks (mi­cro an­te­lope) and a walk-through aviary. Zoo tim­ings will be ad­justed in the sum­mer months to stay open into the evening. Dubai Sa­fari will have an un­der­wa­ter ob­ser­va­tory for visi­tors to view pygmy hip­pos and their young.

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