Plans have been unveiled for a crocodile park, safari park, traditional fish market, wetlands museum and butterfly garden for Dubai in the run-up to Expo 2020.
The projects were unveiled at the Destination Dubai 2020 Conference at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The crocodile park is set to be built on Dubai’s outskirts, the fish market and re-creations of traditional souqs in Deira, and the zoo and safari park will cover 119 hectares and will take visitors through a journey of Africa, Arabia and Asia.
The three-storey Dubai Wetland centre will include a museum and visitors’ centre at the far end of the Creek near the Ras Al Khor flamingo sanctuary.
Also, a large artificial lake will be created in Al Barsha, around which will be built a boat and fishing market.
“Construction is 50 per cent on some projects and some are in the detailed design stage,” said Abdullah Rafie, assistant general director of planning and engineering at the municipality.
“The projects are budget approved. We expect them to be ready ahead of 2020.”
Other plans include an area with scaled down replicas of famous buildings across the world.
“The miniature park we plan to build in Dubai will be the world’s largest and include Dubai icons like the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab,” Rafie said.
“There are 40 miniature parks in the world, but this will have the largest collection.
We will also build a Palm Park with 5,000 species of palms, some fruit-bearing, and this will be an educational botanical area.”