Finishing touches are being made to the delayed $272 million Dubai Safari Park project which is set to open in "the next few months".
The update came as Dawoud Al Hajiri, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality for Engineering and Planning Sector, and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mutaiwei, assistant director general for the Communication and Community Sector, inspected the project in Al Warqaa-5, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.
It was also revealed that the project will feature an Open Safari in which visitors will be able to get up close to animals while travelling in electric vehicles.
The visit was aimed at reviewing the progress of work and finishing touches that are going on, it said, adding that the officials were briefed on the project, which is nearing completion in the next few months.
Dubai Safari, which was due to open last year, will be spread over 119 hectares, of which 80 are dedicated for the villages representing different regions of the world and 35 for the Open Safari village.
The project, which will be home to 1,000 animal species, of which over 350 will be rare and endangered, aims to re-create the best habitat for the wildlife in the world, providing different environments that suit various animals.
It consists of a number of key villages - the Asian village, African village and the Open Safari Village, in addition to a Valley and Children’s Park, WAM reported.
The Valley, supported by solar power, will include a waterfall, a stream and a lake for fish, in addition to wooden bridges to connect the two sides of the Valley.
The work of the Open Safari has already been completed and visitors will travel through the section on electric vehicles.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Dubai Safari Park has been pushed back as the municipality adheres to an “animal protocol”.
The safari, which replaces the existing zoo in Jumeirah, has been constructed on a former construction waste landfill that was levelled and reclaimed to provide a suitable site.