The Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) has completed a $5.6m (AED20.6m) construction and maintenance project for the Delaija Wildlife Management Centre in the UAE capital.
The breeding and conservation centre will be home to more than 6,000 animals, stretching across a gross area of 520,000m2. The project was commissioned for the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).
The construction of the Delaija project started in 2010, with Musanada managing to save more than $680,000 (AED2.5m), ultimately leading the project value to amount to $4.9m (AED18.08m) without “compromising the project components or the required level of work”, according to a statement.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, EAD secretary-general, said: "Managed by EAD, the Delaija Wildlife Management Centre is a unique facility and the first of its kind in the region in terms of its design and size.
“EAD seeks to use this centre to provide facilities for breeding and protecting endangered wild animals by maintaining sustainable groups through breeding and reintroduction programs in their natural habitat."
Al Mubarak added that the EAD will breed and manage specific endangered groups including the Arabian Oryx, sand gazelle, mountain gazelle, and scimitar-horned Oryx.
Suwaidan Rashed Al Dhaheri, Musanada’s acting CEO, said: "Musanada is engaged in delivery of these projects as part of its efforts to realise Abu Dhabi Vision, striking balance between growth and conservation of the environment and biodiversity, and raising awareness of the importance of and need to conserve the endangered wild species.
"Due to the particular nature of the project, Musanada has implemented highest standards in respect of environmental sustainability requirements, with all the materials used in the project being recyclable, thereby achieving the maximum appropriate environmental requirements," added Al Dhaheri.