Plans for a zoo in Qatar which will see rain fall from the roof once an hour have been revealed.
Architects for the attraction are believed to be the UK-based John S Bonnington Partnership, the company which worked with the local municipality on designing zoological gardens in the 1980s
The Doha project is set to also include safari and river rides, a cable car link from the Villagio Mall and a seven-star tree-house hotel.
The project will be built on a 71 hectare site in Al Waab and will be split into zones featuring gorillas, giraffes, lions, tigers, rhinos and elephants.
The plans were unveiled by Gregory Clarkson, senior planner at public works authority Ashghal. “It will be a world-class zoo and truly unique,” he said.
Plans include drive-through African and Asian Safari zones, walk-through African and Asian safari areas, a mountain experience and a tropical rainforest environment.
The project includes a controlled biosphere roof system where it will rain once an hour, and a river ride throughout the zoo network.
Accommodation facilities will include a treehouse hotel, which is described as “an exclusive seven-star resort nestled in mature trees, with boardwalks throughout the tree canopy”.
A five-star rainforest hotel and a four-star family resort are also being planned.
Ashghal is planning to have the zoo up and running by 2020.
“We want to create a world-leading model for integrated nature conservation and visitor experience. It will be a unique and memorable attraction,” Clarkson said.