Emirates Park Zoo and Resort has opened a new 6,500 sq m extension that hosts exotic animals, marking the start of a year-long facelift.
According to news agency WAM, the area is home to hippopotami, camels, sheep, goats and an assortment of birds.
The extension of the premises is the first stage of the Emirates Park Zoo and Resort renovation that aims to make the establishment the premium zoo-resort destination in the region, WAM added.
The development was officially opened by Dr Nasser Lakhreibani Al Nuaimi, the chairman of Emirates Park Zoo and Resort.
The new space allows visitors to see the zoo’s newest member, a hippopotamus, in its natural habitat, and provides a view for resort guests who can enjoy the zoo from their suite balconies.
To entertain and educate children and families, animal shows are also hosted at an amphitheatre that seats 400 persons.
Dr Waleed Sha’aban, zoo operations manager at Emirates Park Zoo, said: "We try to give our visitors a coherent sense of the authentic environment like the African savanna or the Australian outback."
"We believe that guests will fall in love and connect with our animal family, which includes some of the world’s most amazing and disappearing wildlife."
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