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An African safari in Abu Dhabi?

Middle East

Abu Dhabi - Just over 160km southwest of Abu Dhabi is an island retreat that demonstrates a different kind of ambition; one that even by the standards set in this part of the world is a little barmy.

Sir Bani Yas has recreated the African safari experience in the heart of the Middle East.

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The island has one of the largest breeding herds on Earth.

You will drive past Arabian oryx, with their distinctive white coats, and the equally-endangered scimitar-horned oryx, brought to the island from Morocco as protection from hunters who use their keratin-rich horns for nail and hair treatments.

The island has one of the largest breeding herds on Earth.

All the species come from somewhere else - blackbuck antelope from the Indian sub-continent, crowned crane (Uganda’s national bird) and the elegant and towering giraffe from sub-Saharan Africa.

There are 14 000 animals on the island, looked after by a large conservation team.

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