Dolphinarium planned for Marine World

Marine World to be built in Dubai's Creek park

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By  Colin Foreman Published  May 7, 2005

Dubai will soon be able to add a dolphinarium to its list of growing attractions when Phase One of Dubai Municipality’s US $56 million (AED205 million) Dubai Marine World is complete. The Municipality has teamed up with operator Royal Segrex to build the first phase of the project under an AED33 million BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) package of work. When all phases are complete, the attraction will include a dolphinarium, a fish farm, a reptile house called GatorVille, a research and therapy centre and a coral reef aquarium. The project will be spread over a total area of 19 000 m2 in Dubai’s Creek Park. Essa Al Maidour, director of contracts and purchasing department at Dubai Municipality, said: “The Municipality has been initiating and actively supporting all projects that contribute towards a better quality of life for Dubai residents — especially children and youths. “Dubai Marine World is an example of that, offering the broad public a variety of entertainment, educational and therapeutic programmes.” The first phase of Dubai Marine World will be the Dolphinarium project, which will cover 4900 m2. Construction will start this summer and will be completed by the end of 2005. The next two phases of the Dubai Marine World project will be built over two years, with the final part due to be ready to open to the public by the end of 2007. The project forms part of the Dubai Municipality strategy of involving private firms in long-term investment projects in the emirate.

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