After Closing Doors In 2017, 50-Yr-Old Jumeirah Zoo In Dubai To Finally Reopen This Year!

Jumeirah zoo reopens to get preserved as a heritage site in Dubai.

by Deeplata Garde
After Closing Doors In 2017, 50-Yr-Old Jumeirah Zoo In Dubai To Finally Reopen This Year!

Dubai’s iconic Jumeirah Zoo, a beloved institution for over 50 years, closed its gates back in 2017, bidding farewell to generations of Dubai dwellers and tourists alike. The closure marked the end of an era, but it wasn’t the final chapter. Fast forward seven years and the stage is set for a triumphant return as Dubai Safari gears up to revive the cherished legacy of the Jumeirah Zoo.

Revival Of The 50-Yr-Old Zoo In Dubai

Dubai Zoo

With the imminent opening of Dubai Safari, the once-vacant grounds of the Jumeirah Zoo are buzzing with anticipation. The move to close the zoo in 2017 was a strategic one, paving the way for a grand transformation. Now, as the curtains rise on this new chapter, over 3,000 animals eagerly await their audience in the revamped Dubai Safari.

From 1967 To 2024, Jumeirah Zoo To Be Part Of City’s Heritage Sites

Dubai Zoo
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Dubai Zoo holds a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike, not just as a recreational spot but also as a pioneering institution. Established in 1967, it holds the distinction of being the oldest zoo on the Arabian Peninsula. Under the visionary leadership of Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum, it became a breeding ground for rare species like the chimpanzee and the Arabian wildcat, earning its place in the annals of Dubai’s history.

Under The Patronage Of HH Sheikh Hamdan


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As Dubai marches forward into the future, it remains deeply rooted in its past. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, recently announced the next phase of Dubai’s heritage architecture preservation project. Building on the success of phase one, which safeguarded 35 historic sites, the project now sets its sights on preserving architectural treasures dating from the 1960s to the 1990s.

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To Sum It Up

Among the cherished landmarks earmarked for restoration is the iconic Jumeirah Zoo. Its inclusion in this ambitious project underscores its significance not just as a recreational hub but also as a symbol of Dubai’s journey from humble beginnings to global prominence. As the city evolves, it remains committed to honouring its past while embracing the promise of tomorrow.

Dubai Safari’s imminent opening heralds a new dawn for wildlife enthusiasts and nostalgia seekers alike. As the gates swing open once more, they invite visitors to embark on a journey through time and nature, where the legacy of the Jumeirah Zoo lives on in all its glory. With each roar, chirp, and rustle, Dubai reaffirms its status as a city where the past, present, and future converge in harmony.

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