Dubai has no scarcity of attractions however the strict Muslims do find themselves a bit out of place here some times. Keeping this in mind by the end of next year, however, our glitzy emirate plans to open a unique public park project called Holy Quran Park which will definitely attract the regional tourists.
The Quran par was announced this week by Dubai Municipality (DM) announced. Eng. Mohammed Noor Mashroom, director of General Projects Department at the DM, announced the $7.4 million plan Thursday in honor of the one-thousandth meeting of the DMâ€™s technical committee.
The DM said in a press release that the proposed park, to be located in Al Khawaneej, had been designed â€œfrom an Islamic perspective to introduce the miracles of Quran through a variety of surprises for the visitors.â€ Designs include an outdoor theater, fountains, lake, walking and biking tracks, childrenâ€™s play area, Umrah corner and â€œareas for showing the miracles of the Quran.â€
The 60-hectare park will also include a series of Islamic gardens featuring many of the 54 plants and trees mentioned in the text of the Quran, including fig, olive, leek, garlic, tamarind, basil and pomegranate. “A glass building will accommodate 15 items of plants, and other items will be planted in different specific gardens. These plants are expected to stimulate the visitors to think about the reason behind mentioning the names of these plants in the Quran,” Mashroom told the Emirates News Agency. The space allocated for the â€œmiracles of Quran,â€ he added, would include an air-conditioned tunnel with stories on the walls.
The initial site preparation, including tracks and service buildings, has already been completed, according to DM. The second phase will begin in July 2013, while the third and final phase will last just one month between August and September 2014.
Several, people like Sheikh Mohammad al-Shanar, have called for more suitable places for Muslims to visit in the Dubai, the Holy Quran Park will definitely be appeased by the Muslims.
Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of strategy and tourism sector development at Dubaiâ€™s Department of Tourism Commerce Marketing, told Emirates 24-7 last month that heritage and religious tourism would be the new focus to drive the city to 20 million international arrivals per year in seven yearâ€™s time.
â€œIn the past, the core strength in tourism has been beach holidays, shopping and sightseeing. To hit the 20m tourist figure, we are looking at different targets where gaps remain,â€ he explained. â€œSegments such as sport and heritage and culture tourism is where our feasibility study has led us and these are markets we are willing to pump money into and develop further.â€