Dhs22m Dubai crocodile park 'ready in 14 months'

A Dhs22m crocodile park in Dubai will be built in the next 14 months and preparation for construction begins in September

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Last June, Dubai became home to a 750kg, 40-year-old saltwater crocodile named King Croc.

And next year the emirate is likely to go crocodile crazy with a project costing Dhs22million.

A park to house these snappy creatures is expected to be built in the next 14 months.

It was reported in June that the 20,000 square metre space will be situated within 10km of the airport – near Mushrif Park - and now it has been revealed it may be all-go by October 2016.

Nile Crocodiles are believed to be the main attraction – or what will put people off depending on how you look at it – and the natural-looking location will be comparable to French ones.

The Dubai Municipality project will begin preparation for the construction process next month and the way it’s being made will be environmentally-friendly with renewable energy.

Head of Administrative Services, Obaid Ebrahim Al Marzouqi, reassured potential visitors that the crocs will be constantly cared for, even when being transported, and have healthy living conditions.

It’s likely to be a popular location with educational institutions on outings, as well as tourists, children and families in general.

The space may give Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall a run for its money. It is home to King Croc, which weight 750kgs and measures over 5m in length.

One of the largest reptiles ever held in captivity, and likely to grow even bigger over the next 50 years, King Croc arrived at his new enclosure in the mall from the Koorana Crocodile Farm in Queensland, Australia, last June.

It is estimated the crocodiles spend almost 90 percent of their time in a central 150 sq m pool, which also houses a number of fish, and the remaining time resting on dry areas with heated tiles.

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