The revamped Al Khor Park is receiving a good response from the public, according to official statistics.
Khaled al-Nuaimi, an administrative official, told local Arabic daily Arrayah that the park received 16,750 visitors during the last weekend (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
The flow of visitors was good notwithstanding the precautionary measures in place as part of Covid-19 restrictions. The park, according to al-Nuaimi, mandates wearing face masks, social distancing and measuring of temperature. Visitors are allowed only after showing Ehteraz with green code.
Toilets are now open after cleaning and sterilisation. Regular cleaning is undertaken for seats and other facilities in the park.
Dr Mohamed al-Khayarin, general supervisor of the zoo at the park, said sterilisation and disinfection campaigns are carried out in animal zones regularly.
“The cleaning activities are not linked with Covid-19. They are initiated twice a week and have been intensified in order to ensure the safety of all,” he said, adding that animals’ health are monitored 24 hours remotely through surveillance cameras.
An integrated emergency team of veterinarians, technicians and workers take care of the animals. There is within the park, a veterinary clinic for animal care with surgical facilities.
The park was reopened in February this year, after three months of closure to carry out maintenance and development works, including the expansion of the mini-zoo and creation of seven new sections.
A wide variety of animals and birds have been introduced to the park, including big cats such as lion, tiger, cheetah and jaguar, besides crocodiles, different types of monkeys and other animals as well as birds. The park features all necessary facilities to provide a wholesome family entertainment experience.
The park also has 42 species of trees, shrubs and plants. The 240,000sqm park also features waterfalls, a battery-operated train, a large restaurant, mosque, museum, mini golf area, wall murals, skating area, children's play areas, a basketball court, food kiosks, water coolers and an amphitheatre.
The park is equipped with a good number of eateries, including those operated by eight local families in order to give them an opportunity to market their items while giving the public a taste of the original local flavour.