It is an environmentally friendly place hosting various animals and plants in a prepared environment that helps them live and reproduce. So far, it hosts over 50,000 animals from 120 species of animals that live in Africa, as well as the black rhino, which is one of the most endangered animals. Over 100,000 African Acacia trees were planted in Sharjah Safari. The plants vary between local and African species.
The safari includes 12 different environments inspired by different parts of Africa, and extends over an area of eight square kilometers.
Work on the project began five years ago. It cost approximately one billion dirhams.
The safari provided 300 job opportunities to the region’s workforce.
Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority said: “The opening of the Sharjah safari is a translation of the directives and vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in caring for the environment and taking care of natural life, protecting and preserving it, preserving biodiversity and environmental sustainability, and at the same time it promotes the concept of ecological and natural tourism, to form an element of attraction and a family outlet for visitors coming from inside and outside the United Arab Emirates, and a trip to Africa in the heart of the Emirates, which makes it the most important eco-cultural tourism destination in the region.”
Al Suwaidi explained that the visual identity of the Sharjah safari, which was adopted by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, includes a mixture of four animals: the elephant, giraffe, lion and rhinoceros, which are considered endangered species found in Sharjah safari, formed in four colors, all inspired by nature, using thin lines that appear combined with flora and fauna. The visual identity represents the Sharjah Safari brand concepts: integration, diversity, corporate personality and international spirit, with an emphasis on the geometric pattern visible in the shapes and lines.
Other projects in the central region are also in the pipeline. These include the Maleha area, whose projects will be distinguished while preserving their privacy, as their projects will be far from popular housing.