Ashghal has awarded two contracts, worth a combined value of some QR118m, for the development of the New Doha Zoo project, Gulf Times has reported. The contracts are for enabling works and the design and building of the animal relocation facility at Rawdhet al-Faras. The site preparation works began earlier this month and the contract includes demolition of buildings and existing facilities within the boundaries of the New Doha Zoo site. The works, estimated to take 14 months, will prepare the site for main construction and will also ensure the protection and maintenance of the trees and natural environment on-site during excavation. Spanning an area of over 75 hectares, the new zoo will boast a drive-through safari displaying animals and plants from around the world in an environment set to mirror natural habitats of an African savannah, an Asian jungle and a South American rainforest.