Middle East’s first crocodile park in Dubai

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The AED 10 million ($2.72 million) park aims to be one of the best crocodile preservation parks in the world.

Crocodile park offers a unique wildlife tourism destination, combining nature and adventure along with diversified tourist attractions.

Visitors can discover the various stages of crocodile natural life.

Dubai crocodile park
Middle East will have its first crocodile park in Dubai (photo used for illustrative purposes only). Photo-Stephen & Claire Farnsworth/Flickr

Dubai Municipality has signed a Dh 10 million agreement with White Oryx Investment LLC to set up the first crocodile park in the Middle East and one of the best crocodile preservation park in the world. The BOT project is expected to be completed in 24 months.

This was announced on Thursday, by Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, during a special press conference after signing the agreement.

“This ambitious project would be a turning point in the history of Dubai tourism and research projects as the proposed crocodile park would encompass different crocodile species in future stages of the park development enabling the tourists and research students to learn a-z about the crocodile, a gigantic animal existing for last 220 million years.

Being a metropolitan city that has been enjoying the total turnover of 10 million tourist per year, Dubai is always keen to put its enduring efforts in the field of sustainable development along with natural and wildlife conservation creating a number of natural reserves such as Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Mushrif Park and Desert Conservation Reserve in addition to several initiatives to protect animals like turtles, Arabian Oryx, hawks, camels and horses.” — Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality

Khalifa Abdullah Hareb, Director of Assets Management Department said the main objective of the crocodile park is to offer a unique destination for wildlife tourism, combining nature and adventure along with diversified tourist attractions, including upcoming mega tourism project in the emirate of Dubai.

“The park in 20,000 square metre would strengthen the role of the UAE in the protection of endangered animal species working closely with educational institutions as an alternative and pedagogical tool that encourages the interest of youth in natural sciences.

This project would adopt an eco-friendly approach like all other projects of the civic body through sustainable use of eco-friendly materials, resources, waste, renewable energy and creating a most suitable environment for the crocodiles for a hassle free living, interaction and reproduction.” — Khalifa Abdullah Hareb, Director of Assets Management Department

The site is located in the north east of Dubai, about 10 km from the international airport, which represents an important link between the desert and the main tourist hub of the beach coast.

The site also benefits of a strategic location and easy access, in addition to being close to Mushrif Reserve, and the Dubai Safari Projects that is coherent with the nature of project surrounded by a wildlife neighborhood along with other adjacent natural attractions of Al Warqaa, Al Mizhar and al Mirdif.

Mohamed Oueslati, General Manager of White Oryx said;

“We hope to successfully implement this most awaited and project in sync with the expectations of the Dubai Government, Civic Body, citizens and residents of Dubai in additions to millions of tourists and research students who are expected to visit the park.

The visitors will enjoy an exciting tour in total immersion into natural sceneries facing hundreds of crocodiles in natural water. The design of the pathway strongly inspired by the natural environment of the animal will enhance the visitors experience

The visitor can discover the various stages of crocodiles natural life such as egg laying, hatching, growing, breeding, family life …etc in various angles of relaxing, crawling, swimming and diving.

All activities will be held in the strict respect of the course of the animal natural life without considering any external or artificial element for added attraction.” –Mohamed Oueslati, General Manager of White Oryx

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