Three major projects, worth Dh 600mn have been approved by H H Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, revealed that the Municipality has begun working to develop ‘Dubai Safari’, the project, which will ultimately be home to animals from existing zoo, along with new ones from other places.
The Dubai Safari, is the most important of all the three projects, and is expected to improve living conditions of animals from the zoo in Jumeirah. The Dubai Safari, which will be located in Al Warqa 5 in Aweer Road, spanning an area of 60 hectares, will be completed within a year and a half. It will also include the Butterfly Park, Golf Courses, entertainment and recreational areas, covering a total of 400 hectares.
Among the various stages involved in this project are, the site preparation, preparing internal roads and infrastructure, gardening, landscaping and water bodies, transferring the current animals in the zoo in Jumeirah to new location, apart from ensuring other amenities such as transport facilities, restaurants, rest areas and so on.
Among two other projects aimed for completion are, the Business Bay Canal, and its connection to the sea, apart from construction of dhow wharfage development stretching 3kms between Deira Corniche and Palm Deira.
Speaking about the Business Bay project, Lootah mentioned that this project will help revive the Business Bay Canal as a part of integrated marine system, and transform the area adjacent to the canal as an attractive waterfront.