Dubai Municipality has signed an AED10m ($2.7m) deal with an entertainment firm to open the Middle East’s first crocodile theme park.
The project, which is expected to be completed in two years’ time, will be developed by White Oryx Investment and will also include a crocodile preservation park.
Located in the north-east of the emirate, the 20,000 sqm attraction aims to combine family entertainment with opportunities to learn about wildlife.
"This ambitious project would 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 the tourists and research students to learn a-z about the crocodile, a gigantic animal existing for last 220m years," said Hussain Nassir Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.
The visitors will enjoy an exciting tour in total immersion into natural sceneries facing hundreds of crocodiles in natural water. The design of the pathway strongly inspired by the natural environment of the animal will enhance the visitors experience," added Mohamed Oueslati, general manager of White Oryx.
"The visitor can discover the various stages of crocodiles’ natural life such as egg laying, hatching, growing, breeding, family life etc in various angles of relaxing, crawling, swimming and diving," he said.
"All activities will be held in the strict respect of the course of the animal natural life without considering any external or artificial element for added attraction," he said.
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