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Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort prioritises sustainability

The planned US $1 billion Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, a mixed-use safari-inspired destination and residential community in the UAE, is looking at ways to maximise the sustainability of the resort.

The planned US $1 billion Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, a mixed-use safari-inspired destination and residential community in the UAE, is looking at ways to maximise the sustainability of the resort.

"Sustainability of the whole complex is key, with plans for a network of organic farms to feed the community and for sustainable transport - electric buggies maybe," said Frederick Launay, executive committee member.

"Our vision is to have an integrated true experience of wildlife, culture and people, which is totally embedded in the social network of Al Ain city.

"It has to be financially sustainable and viable, but profit is not our aim. We need to provide for the economy and be integrated into the economy of Al Ain city," continued Launay.

"Our key aims are wildlife protection, wildlife education and wildlife conservation. All the activities around the support will support those aims," he said.

Currently being driven by investment from the Government of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort will shortly be looking at parties for a joint venture investment opportunity.

Speaking at the Tourism Development Projects & Investment Market (TDIM) in Dubai, Launay added: "While we want to attract investors on financial requirement, sharing of the vision is also important."

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