By Andy Sambidge
Dubai Safari takes on tourist guides to work at new zoo which is scheduled to open by year-end
Tourist guides have been employed to work at Dubai's new AED150 million ($40.8 million) zoo, which is scheduled to open by the end of this year.
The Dubai Safari project, which is being built in Al Warqa 5, Aweer Road in an area of 396 hectares, will include several areas known as Arabian Village, Asian Village, African Village to accommodate animals from different continents, as well as open safari areas, a butterfly park, golf courses and entertainment and recreational areas.
Khalid Abdul Rahim, director of human resources department at Dubai Municipality, said the civic body has started appointing professionals to various positions.
"We have already appointed 20 Emirati youth as tourist guides who will start working from April as trainees. The department is under the process of short listing resumes and interviews with applicants for around 320 exciting positions to work with Dubai Safari," Rahim said.
He said that priority will be given to Emiratis in all positions based on the strategic vision of Dubai Municipality regarding the emiratisation.
"Extensive training will be given to the appointed guides in line with the international best practices in the field of tourism guidance in collaboration with the different safari projects inside and outside the country. We aim to give the excellent experience for the tourists in tune with the best practices in the hospitality and UAE culture and traditions," he said.
Dubai Safari will replace the ailing Dubai Zoo and hundreds of animals, birds and other creatures living in enclosures in the existing Dubai Zoo in Jumeirah will be relocated to the new site.
Dubai Zoo has attracted a wave of criticism over the years, with animal lovers and charities complaining about its small cages and poor living conditions.
Lootah said last year that the centre was outdated, and said the new zoo would provide better conditions for the animals.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Dubai Zoo will be prime real estate for a development of some kind. Does anyone know what the plan is?
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