Dubai, June 28: Dubai is all set to have the region's first and one of the best crocodile preservation parks in the world, built at a cost of 10 million dirhams (about $2,722,500 ).
The park will offer a unique destination of wildlife tourism combining nature and adventure, along with its diversified tourism attractions including upcoming mega-tourism projects in Dubai, said Khalifa Abdullah Hareb, director of Assets Management Department.
Spread over 20,000 square-metre park area, the park will strengthen the role of the United Arab Emirates in the protection of endangered species working closely with educational institutions as an alternative and pedagogical tool that encourages the interest of youth in natural sciences, Abdullah Hareb said.
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 coast.
The park could become possible after Dubai municipal authorities signed an agreement with contracting company White Oryx Investment LLC. The project is expected to be completed in 24 months on a Build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.
The plan was announced by Hussain Nassir Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, after the signing of agreement Thursday.
According to Lootah, this ambitious project will 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.
It will enable tourists and research students to learn the a-to-z of the crocodile, he added.