Dubai Zoo

Inaugurated in 1967, Dubai Zoo is the oldest on the Arabian Peninsula and one of the most distressing we have ever seen.

The Zoo is home to 250 different species including hyenas, foxes, lions, pumas, chimpanzees, deers, bears, porcupines, tigers, gorillas, and giraffes among many other animals.

All these animals are practically crammed into tiny cages, so it is not a particularly pleasant place to visit.

Not highly recommended

Unlike other cities where the zoo is a great day out for all the family, Dubai Zoo is not particularly pleasant to visit with or without children.

Another peculiar detail is that, just like a mosque, women cannot enter with their shoulders or knees exposed. Handkerchiefs are given out at the entrance so they can cover themselves.


Summer: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Winter: Every day from 10 am to 5:30 pm.


Entry: 100 AED (US$ 27.20).


Bus: Lines 8, 88 and C10.

Nearby places

Jumeirah Mosque (1.5 km) Burj Khalifa (3.3 km) Jumeirah Beach Park (3.5 km) Downtown Dubai (3.5 km)