By Shane McGinley
Initial work has already begun on the 60-hectare Islamic attraction called Holy Quran Park
Dubai is building a AED27m ($7.3m) Quran theme park which is scheduled to open to the public in September 2014, it has been announced.
The 60-hectare theme park will be located in Al Khawaneej has been specially designed from an Islamic perspective and will be called the 'Holy Quran Park', Dubai Municipality announced through the WAM news agency.
It will include a garden with plants mentioned in the Islamic holy book, an air-conditioned tunnel depicting events from the Quran, children’s play areas, an outdoor theatre, fountains, a glass building, a desert garden, a palm oasis, a lake, a running track, a cycling track and a sandy walking track.
The project is expected to be completed by September 2014, according to Mohammed Nour Mashroum, the Director of General Projects Department at the Dubai Municipality
“The glass building will accommodate of 15 items of plants, and other items will be planted in different specific gardens. These plants are expected to stimulate the visitors to think about the reason behind mentioning the names of these plans in the Quran,” Mashroum said.
The total cost of the project is estimated at around AED27m ($7.3m) as per the current tenders, and may be slightly varied as per the final design approved by the technical committee.
Initial site preparation works, tracks and service buildings have been completed.
The second phase of the project will start in July 2013 and to end in July 2014 and third stage will start in august 2014 to end in September 2014.