Scotch and I are always thinking of things to do to keep our energetic toddler busy on the weekends instead of staying at home and watching TV or preoccupying ourselves with the computer.
This week, we spent a few days on the beach in Abu Dhabi and on the way back to Dubai, we stopped at the Emirates Park Zoo to check out the wildlife.
The Emirates Park zoo is a small private zoo and the animal enclosures are not as generous as in the Al Ain Zoo but much better than the conditions at the Dubai zoo.
We didn’t linger too long at any particular animal exhibit and were able to do a complete tour of the zoo including the Ocean Park (which is an indoor aquarium exhibit) in under two hours.
We did not go to the seal show which is an extra 20 dhs per person.
Something we did not know when we visited is that you can stay at the Zoo overnight. The hotel rooms look pretty nice on-line and seem to overlook the giraffe exhibit – you can check it out for yourself by clicking this link for the Emirates Park Resort.
There is a Cobone discount at the moment for 399 dhs which includes one overnight stay in one of the chalets.
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Please always check the Emirates Park Zoo website for up-to-date information.
Getting there: From Dubai Marina, it took us about 30 minutes. Check the zoo website for directions and a location map.
Opening Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: 9:30am – 8:00pm; Thursday – Saturday & Public Holidays: 9:30am – 9:00pm.
Admission Fee: Adult – Dhs 25; Children under 5 years old: Dhs 10; Under 2 years old: FREE. Sea Lion Show: 20 Dhs per person, Children 3 Years old and under free.