Proposals for a Quran theme park in Dubai have been delayed until September 2015.
Last year it was announced that the park was to open in September this year. But Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, revealed on Sunday that the General Projects Department had started work on the third stage of the Holy Quran Park and that completion of the $7m project was now scheduled for next year.
He said: “Holy Quran Park is one of the prestigious projects of the civic body and not only the UAE, but also the entire tourist world is waiting to visit the park without patience.”
“The first stage of levelling was done using the construction wastes and other reusable waste materials saving AED12m ($3.2m) of the cost. In the second stage, planting of 32 hectares and other facilities have been finished.
“The park, located in Al Khawaneej area, has been specially designed in the Islamic perspective to introduce the miracles of Quran through a variety of surprises for the visitors,” he added.
Mohamed Noor Mashroom, director of general projects department, said the 64-hectare park will include all available plants mentioned in the Quran along with facilities such as an Islamic garden, children’s play areas, Umrah corner, a theatre, fountains, desert garden, palm oasis, lake, walking, running and cycling tracks.