Dubai to have region’s first Crocodile Park

WAM DUBAI, June 27th, 2013 (WAM) — Dubai Municipality is to set-up a regional first and one of the best crocodile preservation parks in the world, at a cost of AED 10 million.

The civic body today signed an agreement with contracting company, White Oryx Investment LLC. The project is expected to be completed in 24 months on a Build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

The scheme was announced by Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, during a press conference after the agreement signing, which was attended by Assistant Directors-General, other top officials of the civic body and representatives of the contracting company.

Lootah said, ”This ambitious project will be a turning point in the history of Dubai tourism and research projects as the proposed crocodile park would encompass different crocodile species in future stages of the park development, enabling tourists and research students to learn the a-to-z of the crocodile.” According to Khalifa Abdullah Hareb, Director of Assets Management Department, the main objective of the crocodile park is to offer a unique destination of wildlife tourism combining nature and adventure, along with its diversified tourism attractions including upcoming mega-tourism projects in Dubai.

The 20,000 square-metre park will strengthen the role of the UAE in the protection of endangered species working closely with educational institutions as an alternative and pedagogical tool that encourages the interest of youth in natural sciences, Khalifa Abdullah Hareb said.

The site is located in the north east of Dubai, about 10 km from the international airport, which represents an important link between the desert and the main touristic hub of the coast.

Mohamed Oueslati, General Manager of White Oryx said, ”We hope to successfully implement this most awaited project in sync with the expectations of the Dubai Government, Civic Body, citizens and residents of Dubai in addition to millions of tourists and research students who are expected to visit the park.” WAM/AM/CM

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