Following the recent launch of the country’s new tourism strategy, Colliers will advise the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and the specialist design consultant HHCP+PJA on operations, market and feasibility of the new zoo resort attraction planned by the Qatari government in Doha.
The development is set over a 71-hectare site which will include an entirely re-worked Doha Zoo, a new cable car link from Aspire Park and a seven-star treehouse hotel. The new site will equate to seven times the size of the current 30-year-old zoo, which closed in August 2012, and will house 3,000 animals
Seán Young, Head of Destination Consulting at Colliers International, said, “The new zoo will include a major safari experience and will become one of the world’s best zoos in terms of the uniqueness and quality of visitor experience. It will also be a key project in helping to secure Qatar’s long term tourism ambitions. To date, our role has included market and financial forecasting together with input to design development to help improve the visitor experience and maximize commercial opportunities.”
Visitors will be able to drive their own cars through various themed zones. The zones will represent different climatic environments and habitats ideal for gorillas, giraffes, lions, tigers, rhinos and elephants, such as “Africa Safari,” and “Asia Woodland”.
The zoo will also feature a number of unique, world-class features including an elephant bridge spanning a major road, a controlled biosphere roof system which will rain once an hour, a river ride experience and a cable car connection to the neighboring Aspire Park and malls.
A landscaped walkway will be built across Al Waab Street, linking Aspire Park with the zoo, and a dedicated tram route. The site plans also feature a ‘Zoo Village’, which would house themed restaurants and shops, and a large underground parking facility.
Three hotels are planned for the site: a “seven-star” treehouse hotel” with four suites; a 60-room, five-star ‘rain forest hotel’ and an 100-room, four-star family resort.
Work on site will commence later this year, and the development is scheduled to open to visitors at the end of 2017.