It looks like Dubai’s newest attraction has been given the royal seal of approval…

Since Dubai Safari opened in early December, it’s seen more than 100,000 visitors through the door. And now, an extra special guest has stopped by for a visit.

On Sunday, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, paid a visit to the brand new park, taking a guided tour of the eco-friendly facility which is home to more than 2,500 animals.

According to news agency, Wam, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, on the various areas of the park, which sprawls across 12 million square feet.

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The Dubai ruler also managed to check out some of the separate areas of the park, which is made up of four villages, including taking a trip through Safari village which is home to lions, tigers, hippos and antelopes.

Sheikh Mohammed also reportedly visited the yet-to-open Asian village, which will house Asian elephants, gibbons and Komodo dragons.

Here’s what happened when What’s On visited Dubai Safari:

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