The zoo, which has been much-criticized for its small size, outdated facilities and treatment of animals, will undergo a QR200 million ($55 million) renovation to meet international standards, Al Raya reports.
The upgrade, while lauded as a much-needed step, drew the ire of some CMC members, who expressed displeasure at the timing of the renovations.
During Eid holidays, the zoo is a popular destination for residents, CMC Vice-Chairman Jassim Abdullah Al Malki told the Peninsula.
“Where would the people, especially families, go now during Eid? They should at least open part of the zoo for visitors during the festival,” he said.
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