Animal lovers in Dubai will be pretty disappointed to hear that January is no longer the month for Dubai Safari’s grand opening.
The gates to the highly anticipated game reserve are now expected to open on March 31, 2017.
The chief reason for the delay, you ask? Well, unsurprisingly, Dubai’s sweltering summer temperatures slowed down the project.
It may be bad news for wannabee safari goers but for Dubai Safari Director Tim Husband it means more time for the animals to get used to their new homes and for those in quarantine to be fully checked for diseases.
“Now they can take off. The animals are starting to settle in,” he told 7 Days.
“Now the weather’s got cooler we’ll start importing a lot of animals.”
By the time it opens, the sprawling site will be home to almost 10,500 animals from around the world, including around 350 species of rare and endangered animals.
“The whole park is 60 per cent finished, 70 per cent finished for the safari drive-through and the African village,” Husband added.
So we’ll just have to wait a couple of months longer for the site in Al Warqa, opposite Dragon Mart, to unveil itself as a miniature man-made version of South Africa’s Kruger National Park or Chobe in Botswana.