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Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, UAE

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The Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort is a multi-faceted development spread over 2220 acres (900 ha) at the foothills of Jebel Hafeet, currently home to 4,300 animals of 186 different species, 30% of which are considered to be threatened. Following the principles established in the Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Framework Plan, AWPR will become a model for cultural and ecological sustainability, conservation and education. The natural wildlife of the park and educational centres, in addition to the themed desert safaris, and a world leading arid land botanic gardens and plant collection, will provide both a centre of learning excellence and a leisure destination


The scope of shotcrete work included three parts:

1)       the structural retaining wall at Nok Safari;

2)       artificial rocks; and

3)       the ha-ha retaining wall.


The total concrete quantity was about 4480 yd3 (3500 m3). In general, the work included extensive structural work for placement of shotcrete and various artifacts. Coloring, dying, and tinting of shotcrete rockwork surfaces was required to achieve the desired finish.


The scope of work for the structural retaining wall at Nok Safari included building a retaining wall over 1.86 miles (3000 m) in total length. The work included the ground excavation, concrete blinding, cast-in-place concrete foundation and core wall, steel reinforcement, shotcrete placement (core and surface work, final texture finish, and concrete paint.  The scope of work for the artificial rocks included building a rockscape imitation of the surrounding mountain area for over 21,500 ft2 (2000 m2), divided into 10 different zones throughout the project. The size and shape of the rockscape included many significant color ranges and texture types designed to complement the local geographical rock environment. The surface texture was made by hand-carving and embossing. The ha-ha wall was also a retaining wall where shotcrete was used to place concrete over 1480 ft (450 m) in total length.