Doha to develop seven-star treehouse as part of its Safari project
Set to open in 2020
Planned to be built on a 71-hectare site in Al Waab, Qatar's safari project will be split into zones featuring a variety of wildlife including gorillas, giraffes, lions, rhinos, tigers and elephants.
Deemed as a Doha's very own "zoo within a park" the plans were announced yesterday at the Tourism in Tomorrow's World conference. "It will be a world-class zoo and truly unique," confirmed Gregory Clarkson, senior planner at public works authority, Ashghal.
The zoo will also have an innovative, controlled biosphere roof system — the first of its kind in the world, no less — to cater to the Qatar heat.
A major element of the project will be accomodation facilities, something the country is used to, which will include a treehouse hotel described as "an exclusive seven-star resort, nestled in mature trees, with boardwalks throughout the tree canopy". As well as a five-star rainforest hotel and four-star Montane family resort to be built.
The zoo is planned to be open by 2020, with Ashghal estimating that it will attract around 1.3 million visitors to the resort, 950,000 of which to the zoo specifically.