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Dubai plans Middle East's first crocodile park

Dubai Municipality studies similar parks in Europe, Africa as it plans new tourism attraction

Dubai plans Middle East's first crocodile park
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Dubai is planning to establish a crocodile park in the emirate as its latest tourism attraction, officials said on Tuesday.

The Dubai Municipality said the crocodile park would be set up "in the near future", adding that it was studying similar parks in France, Tunisia and Belgium.

Abdulla Rafia, assistant director general of Dubai Municipality said the civic body has assigned a team from the investment section of Asset Management Department to study best practices around the world.

In comments published by news agency WAM, he added: "The Municipality seeks to build a new world tourist attraction in the emirate of Dubai through the partnership with the foreign investors to establish the crocodile park project in the event of positive results of the study."

Khalifa Abdullah Hareb, director of Assets Management Department, said the proposed project would be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

He added that it would not only be an amusement park but also an educational destination.

In May, Dubai launched plans to build a safari park-style facility to replace the emirate's ageing zoo.

Hussain Nassir Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, said that the Dubai Safari Project, which will be located in Al Warqa 5 in Aweer Road, would cover 400 hectares and include a safari park, butterfly park, golf courses, and entertainment and recreational areas.

Dubai Safari, which will cover 60 hectares of the total area, is aimed at "establishing the best centre for wildlife in the world", Lootah said.

Hundreds of animals, birds and other creatures living in enclosures in the existing facility in Jumeirah will be relocated to the new safari park.

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Ali 8 years ago

See you later alligator.... In a while crocodile

Julian 8 years ago

After the Dubai Sports City and the Biggest World amusement Park Projects, now we have another Project. If you want to build an educational facilities, there are all ready there - Dubai Sports City, Motor City and so on. Just take the tourists there so they can see what they are getting themselve into. Save the money and compensate the thousands investors who lost their life saving in Dubai!

Emma 8 years ago

No one has done anything about the present zoo which is being promised everytime and as time goes by is forgotten

Solly 8 years ago

A crocodile park. Excellent. Somewhere to store Dubai's surfeit of bankers where they'd be in likeminded company.

Mark of Zoro 8 years ago

Excellent Idea - Just the perfect place to put the Bankers and Lawyers

leo50 8 years ago

will we be allowed to feed the crocodiles? I don't think they would be too particular who they eat...whoops; i mean, WHAT they eat!

Dandy 8 years ago

what more crocodiles in the Real estate world? with their big mouth and arrogant attitude? by educational facilities it means the RE world in Dubai will teach the new crocs how to deal with customers visiting the zoo?
Lessons not learned, apparently.

Mark of Zoro 8 years ago

& Property Developers who have taken money and run without delivering - Catch them and they will be perfect food for the crocodiles.

MjP 8 years ago

I agree with Emma. How can they justify spending this money on a new park when the current zoo is in such a bad state and the animals are in cramped conditions. There has been outcry about this for years and they say they are going to do something about it then it goes quiet and they obviously think everyone has fogotten about it.

Come on Dubai, fix what you have before building something new