Dubai plans Middle East's first crocodile park

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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