Top five reasons to visit Dubai Safari

Why the destination is the perfect spot for an outdoor family weekend


Dubai safari is one of Dubai’s newest attractions. With large animal exhibits and green areas for picnics, it’s so much more than a “zoo”.

So why should your family visit Dubai Safari?

1. Real encounters: Have you spotted the spotted hyenas yet? At Dubai Safari, you drive through the Safari Village in a comfy bus and watch animals totally being themselves in their natural habitat.

Expect crocodiles lazing in the sun, the king of the jungle glaring beyond his lands and hippos splashing about happily in the water.

You’ll get to see giraffes, zebras, peacocks, antelopes and more. Plus, the Park’s African Village is the UAE’s largest walk-through aviary.

2. Around the world: You get to see animals from all parts of the world, all in one place. The gathering includes everything from gazelles and Arabian wolves to saiga antelopes and mouflons at the Arabian Village.

In addition to the friendly gorillas and chimpanzees, you’ll also get to marvel at rare species including the Indian one-horned rhino and gibbons.

3. Creepy crawlies: Who needs snakes on a plane when they can visit them at the Reptile House? An essential stopover at Dubai Safari, the African Village’s poisonous, non-poisonous and endangered species of snakes, lizards, vipers and pythons are definitely not friendly, but quite a sight nonetheless.

There’s also the Oman carpet viper, a desert nightmare that you wouldn’t want to mess with, but makes for a very interesting serpent.

4. Safe play: Young animal-lovers can look forward to the Kids’ Farm, where they can pet their favourite domestic animals. It’s a learning environment bustling with cuteness, as dedicated, friendly staff monitor kids’ interaction with ponies, goats, rabbits, turtles and more.

5. Picnic time: You can have a picnic at Dubai Safari’s Al Wadi Area – a large stretch of green space for the kids to run around while parents relax to the soothing sounds of flowing water.

In true Dubai style, food trucks dot the park for light bites and refreshments, too.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s a moon bear at the Asian Village, all the way from forested hills.

Dhs50 (adults), Dhs20 (kids). Open daily 9am-7pm. Dubai Safari, Al Warqaa 5, Dubai (800 900).

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