Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has confirmed the award of two contracts with a combined value of about QR118m ($32.4m) towards the development of the New Doha Zoo project. The two contracts were for New Doha Zoo enabling works and the design and construction of the animal relocation facility at Rawdet al-Faras.

The enabling and demolition works contract, valued at more than QR45m, was awarded to local Aswan Trading and Contracting Company. The contract includes demolition of buildings and existing facilities within the boundaries of the site. The works, estimated to take 14 months, will prepare the site for main construction and will ensure the protection and maintenance of the trees and natural environment onsite during excavation works.

Local Medgulf Construction Company won the second contract, valued at more than QR73m, which entails the design and construction of temporary housing facility for animals in Rawdet al-Faras. The one-year contract also includes the design and implementation of the temporary facility in Rawdet al-Faras where animals are housed during construction of the new park until they are able to return to the new zoo. The facility also includes residences for caretakers and a veterinary clinic.

In November 2013, Ashghal launched the final concept masterplan for the New Doha Zoo project, which aims to provide a unique zoological experience for visitors.

Spanning an area of over 750,000 square metres, the zoo will boast a drive-through safari displaying animals and plants from around the world in environment’s set to mirror natural habitats of an African savannah, an Asian jungle and a South American rainforest. Facilities will include hotels; a land bridge to allow the animals to roam to the adjacent Aspire Park; an educational and conservation discovery centre; and multiple entertainment and food and beverage outlets.

In November, Ashghal awarded the local office of KEO International Consultants with US-based HHCP+PJA a QR230m contract for the design and construction supervision of the zoo project. The appointment followed on from Ashghal selecting HHCP+PJA to develop a concept masterplan for the zoo in December 2012.

Site preparation works commenced earlier this month on the project, which is scheduled to open by the end of 2017.