Information about Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah – opening times, location, history, expansion plans for new zoo or safari park
The Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah was established in 1967 by the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai at the time).
Managed by the Dubai Municipality.
Zoo population is about 1,000 animals (varies from 800 to 1,300 depending on who you listen to and when).
Dubai Zoo area is relatively small at about 1.75 hectares. You can easily see the whole place in about an hour, longer if you try to talk to the animals or take lots of photos.
Dubai Zoo has come under fire for the relatively small animal enclosures and cages. The criticism is probably deserved, but when you visit, it’s easy to see there is no room for expansion at the current site. The question is not so much why there isn’t more space given to the animals, but why Dubai seems to be reluctant to make an effort to relocate the zoo in an area with enough room to satisfy the animals, and zoo critics.
Dubai Zoo has taken in a number of strays and confiscated animals (some residents of Dubai seem to have a strong desire to bring in banned or exotic animals as pets without much concern for the welfare of the animals, and when abandoned, they sometimes end up at the Dubai Zoo – the animals that is, not the human residents).
Dubai Zoo opening times, admission fees, facilities
Open from 1000 to 1800 daily except Tuesdays, in summer. In winter open 100-1730? Closed Tuesdays for cleaning?
Except for the snake house, it’s all outdoors so forget visiting in summer time – far too hot. Unless you bring an a/c umbrella with you.
Admission is AED 2 (yes, that’s all), in 2012. Children under 2 years old free or AED 1? Students AED 1?
Snake room (house) open 1000-1200 and 1500-1800.
Feeding times vary for different animals.
Parking available by the main entrance, and also on the roads behind the zoo.
A small, basic cafeteria (no seating) sells drinks and snacks.
Located within The Dubai Mall, experience the largest Aquarium window in the world and walk through the 48-metre Aquarium Tunnel on Ground Level, and explore the Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environments at the Underwater Zoo on Level 2.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Mall
Off 1st Interchange – Sheikh Zayed Road