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Dubai Safari Park Villages | Explore Animals in Their Own Habitat

The Dubai Safari Park, located in the Al Warqa desert, is home to over 3,000 animals ranging from the magnificent African Elephant to a striking Arabian wolf. Sprawled across 119-hectares, the Dubai Safari Park offers continent-centered attractions exhibiting rich wildlife from Africa, Asia, and the Arabian Peninsula. 

Be prepared to get up close with the beautiful creatures in UAE’s only drive-through safari and maybe even learn a thing or two about their awesome existence from experienced guides and keepers.

What Are Dubai Safari Park Villages?

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The main attractions at the Dubai Safari Park are the culture-rich villages. Brimming with the diversity of a natural jungle, the park has four human-made animal habitats: 

  • Asian Village
  • African Village 
  • Explorer Village
  • Arabian Desert Safari 

On these guided safari tours, be transported to oriental forests of Asia, parched plains of Africa, and mystic Arabian deserts. Witness mammals in their natural habitats, observe magnificent leaps of a Mountain Gazelle, and if you’re lucky enough - catch a White Lion’s thunderous roar!    

Arabian Desert Safari

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The Arabian Desert Safari, with its nomadic influences, encompasses the essence of the entire Arabian Peninsula. This drive-through safari will bring you close to the local residents of the Sahara Desert. 

Keep an eye out for the Arabian Wolf (the hero attraction of this exhibit). Spot the long-legged Arabian Oryx grazing aimlessly and behold a grueling horn-lock fight between feisty Arabian Gazelles. Learn about typical animal practices, habits, and character traits from guides who will tag along through your Arabian exploration. 

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Hero Animal at Arabian Desert Safari

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The Arabian Wolf, a direct descendant of the Grey Wolf, is the smallest of all the wolf species. While the other species of wolves hunt in packs, the Arabian Wolf is an interesting exception. They live and hunt in small groups of three or four across the Arabian Peninsula. 

One of the few carnivores on the prowling the desert, the wolf feeds on hares, rodents, and cats. However, these wolves are a menace to farmers. They often go after livestock and kill small domestic animals like goats and chickens, because of which they are often shot, trapped or poisoned. 

Scientific Name: Canis Lupus Arabs

Animal Group: Carnivore

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Native Animals at Arabian Desert Safari

  • Arabian Oryx
  • Addax
  • Arabian Gazelle
  • Sand Gazelle
  • Mountain Gazelle
  • Scimitar-horned Oryx

Asian Village

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The Asian Village is a tropical rainforest safari. Featuring Asian elements like Chinese architectural cues and dragon-like designs at the shops and kiosks, the Asian Village is home to the Moon Bear (the hero animal of this exhibit), animated gibbons, and breathtaking Mandarin Ducks. 

You can also learn more about the Southern Cassowary, a large flightless black bird regarded as a ‘keystone species’, mostly because of how they eat more than 240 types of fruits and drop the seeds across large distances, playing the role of a magnificent rainforest gardener.

Live Show at Asian Village Theatre

Hero Animal at Asian Village

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The Moon Bear, also known as the Asiatic Black Bear, is primarily a herbivore that feeds on insects, grasses, fruits, and nuts. Recognizable from the white crescent-shaped patch on its chest, the moon bear is also known to hunt and eat wild boars, water buffaloes, and domestic livestock. 

Scientific Name: Ursus Thibetanus

Animal Group: Carnivore

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Amazing Creatures of the World at the Asian Village Theatre

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As part of your Asian expedition, you can join the ‘Amazing Creatures of the World’ show. This 20 to 45-minute show displays a variety of animals in their natural behaviors. Witness fascinating Asian animals such as gibbons, moon bears, cassowaries, and timid wallabies. 

Watch them go about their quirks, communicate with each other, and feed in presentations led by the gutsy animal keepers. From here, you can also proceed to the Arabian Desert Safari through the departure station where other adventures await.   

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Native Animals at Asian Village

  • Gibbon
  • Southern Cassowary
  • Mandarin Duck 

Explorer Village

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The safari drive-through of the Explorer Village is the most sought-after attraction at the Dubai Safari Park. While being safe in comfortable buses, you can experience pristine African wildlife and conclude your discovery in the Asian exhibit. Hippos, giraffes, zebras, and cheetahs are some of the magnificent animals you get to see in this 35-40 minute journey.

Guests bearing Safari Journey tickets can access all the villages of the park including the safari at Explorer Village. However, guests with Park Entrance tickets will have to upgrade to the Safari Journey tickets if they want to experience the Explorer Village. As the safari spots are subject to availability, we recommend pre-booking your Safari Journey tickets online if you are interested in the jungle drive.

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Hero Animal at Explorer Village

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Among the various breathtaking creatures at the Explorer Village, the Cheetah is the Hero animal. And rightfully so! Considered the fastest mammal, the Cheetah can go from 0-60 miles per hour in under three seconds. 

Slim, light, and highly nimble; Cheetahs prey on deers, gazelles, and impalas in high-speed hunts. If you’re lucky, you can watch the Cheetahs run across the field in the Cheetah Viewing Gallery at the Explorer Village. 

Scientific Name: Acinonyx Jubatus

Animal Group: Carnivore

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Birds Show at Explorer Village Theatre

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Witness vibrantly colorful birds at the Birds Show in the Explorer Village as well. Learn about their contributions to the environment and get personal with the birds through engaging presentations by the bird keepers.  

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Native Animals at Explorer Village

  • Hippo
  • Giraffe
  • Impala
  • Zebra
  • Wise Owl
  • Rhino
  • African Buffalo
  • Ostrich
  • Tiger
  • Brown Lion
  • Nile Crocodile

African Village

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The African Village displays some of the most intriguing creatures from the vast continent of Africa. This attraction, with a strong African heritage, will give you a true taste of desert wildlife. Home to the world’s largest and smallest mammals, from the African Elephant to the Meerkat, the African Village is a must-see.

What’s more? You can also visit The Grand Aviary (UAE’s largest aviary) to view hundreds of birds from across the globe. Hoping to spot a rare Violet Turaco? Approach one of the guides present to make your bird watching experience a whole lot more interesting. 

Hero Animal at African Village

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The Hero animal of this village is hard to miss, quite literally. Weighing up to 6,000 kg, the African Elephant is the world’s largest land mammal and a humbling sight to behold. Social and pleasant in demeanor, the African Elephant consumes around 300 pounds of food a day. They typically feed on roots, grasses, fruit, and bark. The average African Elephant can live 60-70 years in all its gigantic glory.

Scientific Name: Loxodonta Africana

Animal Group: Mammal

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Native Animals at African Village

  • White Lion
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Gorilla
  • Burmese Python
  • Spotted Hyena
  • Wood Duck
  • Golden Pheasant

Kids Farm

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The Dubai Safari Park is a wholesome trip for the entire family. Bring your little ones to the Kids Farm for a delightful interaction with friendly farmyard animals. A unique blend between a farm and a petting zoo; kids can connect and interact with amiable sheep, donkeys, ponies, and ducks. 

Youngsters can also join one of the bird feeding sessions at the Kids Farm Aviary and frolic around the pygmy goats at the Goat Barn. Include your kids in the educational tours to learn all about the farm’s animals and birds and how they contribute to a real farm.

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Farm Animals at Kids Farm

  • African Love Bird
  • Amazon Parrot
  • Donkey
  • Najdi Sheep
  • Plum-headed Parakeet
  • Pony
  • Eurasian bullfinch
  • Cockatiel
  • Black Hooded Parrot
  • Alexandrine Parakeet

Al Wadi Farm

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The Al Wadi (the valley) farm is a sprawling rest area designed to give you a break from your adventures. Sit, relax, and dine in one of the restaurants. Head over to one of the street-food kiosks for a quick bite. Gaze at the lazy ducks and swans in the river as you unwind on the grass. Catch a glimpse of serene peacocks, and if you’re missing the action - sign up for a pelican feeding session.

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