Fortunately for the animals currently confined at Dubai Zoo, construction work on the long-awaited Dubai Safari, the city’s state-of-the-art new zoo-cum-safari park, is finally nearing completion, with a scheduled opening date in late 2016. The new 300-acre, eco-friendly complex is located on the city outskirts in Al Warqa (off the Hatta road opposite the huge Dragon Mart Chinese-style shopping mall) and will provide a superior home for all the animals now in captivity in Jumeirah, as well as some new arrivals, and meaning that the old Dubai Zoo will finally and mercifully become a thing of the past. The park’s website hadn’t yet launched at the time of writing, but an online search for “Dubai Safari Park” should bring up all the latest news and information on the current state of play.

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