Multi-Million Dollar Safari Theme Park to Open in Doha
A theme park style zoo is to be built in Doha in time for the 2022 World Cup, featuring drive through and walk through safaris so visitors can get up close with gorillas, lions, tigers and elephants.
Arabian Business reported that the new zoo will be built in Al Waab, featuring a cable car link with Aspire Park and Villaggio, an ‘elephants’ walkway’ and several accommodation options, including a seven-star treehouse resort and a five-star rainforest hotel. A river ride will take visitors to different zones within the park, which will include the African and Asian safari zones, a mountain area and a tropical rainforest.
To keep animals and visitors comfortable in Qatar’s searing summers, the park will have a controlled biosphere roof system that will make it rain once an hour, the first of its kind in the world.
The plans were announced by Gregory Clarkson, senior planner at public works authority Ashghal, at a tourism conference at the Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel this week. Ashghal aims to have the zoo operational by 2020, providing a unique experience for residents and visitors to the 2022 World Cup alike.
The old Doha Zoo closed indefinitely for ‘renovations’ in mid 2012 and has never re-opened. The facility was heavily criticised by Qatar animal lovers due to its old facilities and the standard of accommodation provided for animals.