Doha 14th November 2013: Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has revealed the final concept master plan for the future Doha Zoo on Wednesday.
Ashghal has signed a $63 (QR230) million contract with an architectural and engineering firm to prepare detailed plans for the new zoo. It has appointed KEO International Consultants as the project’s Design and Construction Supervision Consultant in cooperation with HHCP+PJA with a QR230 million contract.
Following the signing ceremony, Donna Sultan, CEO of KEO International Consultants said: “There are very few greenfield zoos being planned in the world, and to be involved as a key player in this new zoo in Qatar is a consultant’s dream come true. It will be more than just a zoo. It will be a trend setter in the world for what makes a great zoo.”
“We are really looking forward to working with Ashghal and the talented design team and countless specialists that have been pooled together in realising the new Doha zoo,” added Sultan.
Ashghal President Nasser Bin Ali Al Mawlawi said: “The New Doha Zoo will be a prominent touristic attraction, and an important entertainment destination that attracts visitors locally and internationally.”
“It will be an entertainment outlet for the country’s residents and tourists who will appreciate the diversity of the regions within the zoo and the green landscapes in the park that surrounds it,” he added.
The new zoo will cover 75 hectares, seven times the size of the current facility and the area will be divided into several regions that will represent the natural and climatic features of three continents.
More than 12,500 trees will be planted in the new area, some are local and others are brought from various geographical areas. Currently there are 1,000 trees in the zoo.
Each region of the zoo can be discovered through multiple safari trips that will take the visitors on memorable journeys across the zoo and its vast green landscapes to watch the wildlife species of each of the three continents. There will be car trips, trekking on foot through safe passages, trips by boats and Children’s Safari that is suitable for their age and maintain their safety
The Doha Zoo development project, one of biggest projects of Ashghal has started in July 2012.
The new facility will include a training centre for animal care which allows researchers and practitioners to have a first-hand experience in this field. It will also help introduce students and teachers to the wildlife and different fauna and flora of each of the three continents. The zoo will host a two-storey Discovery Centre that includes small animal exhibits, gallery spaces for interpretive exhibits, and spaces to offer a variety of education programmes.
The zoo will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience that sets a new global standard for zoological parks. This new vision establishes the zoo as a must-see destination for visitors from around the globe, which will be visited over and over again, according to Gregory Dungan, Partner and managing director of HHCP.