'Date Souq' in Dubai's new Palms Park
A range of parks are currently under construction and expected to boost the outdoor leisure scene of Dubai over the next two years.
One of the fewer known is the Palms Park, a palm-shaped park dedicated to the symbol of local tree in the UAE.
Located in Al Aweer, Palms Park is a 10.8 hectare area containing over 1,400 palm trees.
The crops of 300 different kinds of dates will be on sale in 'Date Souq', and the palm waste will be used in making handicrafts related to the local heritage.
At a cost of Dh21.3 million, the park is expected to be completed in 2016.
Another celebration of nature is the Dubai Centre for Wetlands, a project still in the design stage.
The Ras Al Khor Sanctuary will be upgraded to become a state-of-the art facility.
Birdwatchers find the sanctuary as one of the few spots where they can feel as if they are far away from the buzz of the city, while they are in fact not far from Downtown Dubai.
Indigenous as well as migratory bird gather at the mangroves of Ras Al Khor.
The new centre will be shaped in the form of a shell and contain a museum and a visitor's centre.
While construction on the mentioned projects is ongoing, the Quran Park is scheduled to open soon.
The new attraction is located in Al Warqaa and is intended to educate the public about the Holy Quran and its miracles, and will showcase all plants mentioned in the Holy Quran and available in the UAE.
Of the 54 species mentioned in the Holy Quran, 35 will be showcased inside the park while the remaining 15 species will be grown in green houses and 20 outside.
Although it is a bit of a wait, next year promises the opening of two other high-profile parks: Dubai Safari and Crocodile Park.
Dubai Safari is the long anticipated replacement of Dubai Zoo, to be constructed opposite Dragon Mart.
More than a 1,000 animals will find a new home in the 119 hectare plot, which is said to boast high-end facilities for both the animals and the visitor.
Crocodile Park will be a special home for this reptile species only.
Apart from hosting several species of crocodile, it will also encourage research and education on the terrain.
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