A market of ornamental birds and pets will be opened in the last quarter of 2012, according to Sabria Ayub, head of the Investment Department of Dubai Municipality.
She said construction of the market began last April. The market, coming up in Warsan area, will be completed in two phases and will cover an area of about 152,000 square metres.
The first phase will cost Dh60 million and will have six units containing 120 shops and units for auctions, management, public services and veterinary clinics.
According to Ayub, the second phase of construction will include a hotel to accommodate travellers and their pets, an academy to teach methods of breeding birds and pets and places for workers to live.
She said the new market for birds and pets will be three times bigger than the present one. There are 78 pet stores at present scattered in Bur Dubai and Deira.
Traders have welcomed the idea of setting up the new market, particularly special clinics for pets and birds. Their views about the type of air-conditioning in the new market will be considered, she said.
According to a survey of the Investment Department of Dubai Municipality, 44 per cent of the people in the pets and birds trade were Emiratis. Other Arabs made up 7 per cent, Indians (26 per cent), Pakistanis (19 per cent) and other nationalities (4 per cent).
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