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Dr. Walid Shaaban of Emirates Park Zoo named “CEO of the Year”

Thu 06 Jun 2024    
The Brew News Team | 2 min read

Abu Dhabi: Dr. Walid Shaaban, Group CEO of Emirates Park Zoo & Resort, has been honored as “The CEO of the Year” at the 23rd Middle East Business Leader of the Year awards. This prestigious award acknowledges his exceptional leadership and dedication, elevating Emirates Park Zoo & Resort to a leading position in wildlife conservation, education, and community engagement in the UAE.

Under Dr. Shaaban’s visionary leadership, the zoo has successfully merged education with entertainment to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. His initiatives have aligned with the UAE’s goal of becoming a global leader in sustainable tourism. The zoo’s focus on conservation, edutainment, and community engagement has thrived under his guidance.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Shaaban expressed his gratitude, stating, “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire team at Emirates Park Zoo & Resort. We remain committed to promoting sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation, and providing unique and educational experiences for our visitors. This recognition inspires us to continue our efforts in driving positive change and contributing to the growth and welfare of the community.”

The Business Leader of the Year program, celebrating excellence in leadership for over two decades, evaluates nominees based on corporate social responsibility, business competencies, and overall impact on growth and welfare. This initiative aims to honor professionals who exhibit exemplary leadership and drive significant advancements in their industries.

Also read: Emirates Park Zoo exhibits sustainable tourism dedication at Arabian Travel Market

Recently, the zoo achieved full memberships with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), becoming the first zoo in the Middle East to be accredited by both organizations. These accolades highlight the zoo’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards in animal care and conservation.

Emirates Park Zoo & Resort offers a unique blend of entertainment and wildlife experiences. The facility features air-conditioned chalets with traditional Arabian designs, offering stunning zoo views and complimentary activities like animal talk sessions and magic performances. Visitors can enjoy animal encounters, including breakfast with giraffes, lunch with big cats, and dinner with elephants, providing educational and memorable experiences.

Emirates Park Zoo & Resort in Abu Dhabi, renowned globally as a wildlife haven, integrates a zoo, resort, veterinary clinic, retail store, restaurant, cafe, catering service, and pet hotel. It continues to set high standards in wildlife conservation and visitor experience.

Also read: Emirates Park Zoo partners with Abu Dhabi Municipality for beach clean-up

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