Al Ain Zoo has set a goal of one million visitors this year with the introduction of the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre.
The new project aims to raise awareness about the UAE's wildlife conservation and the effort that Sheikh Zayed, father of the country, put forth to sustain a future for desert living.
Among other activities, the zoo will exhibit African culture this month.
Traditional African dance performances will keep visitors entertained, and African wildlife will be housed in an open space that showcases their habitat.
The zoo is open daily from 9am to 8pm. It is on the UAE-Oman border and is a short drive from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.