Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced plans to build a world-leading zoo by 2017, featuring safaris, an elephant walk-way over Al Waab Street and a seven-star tree-top hotel, as the Gulf country seeks to become a global tourist destination, Gulf Times has reported. “The thematic design of the project is almost finished. We have issued contracts, enabling the demolition of the old zoo as we take the animals there to a safe place, pending the new facility’s completion,” said senior planner at Ashghal, Gregory Clarkson. The zoo will have three hotels; a tree house hotel (seven stars); a rainforest hotel (five stars) and a Montane family resort (four stars) he said. “According to our projections, by 2020, we expect up to 1.3m visitors to come to the planned village, some 950,000 of which we hope will actually purchase tickets to see the zoo and the safari,” Clarkson said.