Dubai mall opens new indoor sheep enclosure

Dubai-mall-opens-new-sheep-enclosureDUBAI, UAE: A new sound has joined the ringing of cash tills, swooning over the latest fashion items and other exciting noises that soundtrack life in The Dubai Mall: the baa-ing of sheep!

After months of development, Dubai Sheep Land finally opened its doors this morning, with thousands of shoppers and nature fans on hand to welcome its woolly, four-legged inhabitants.

A purpose built 1,000 square metre enclosure, Dubai Sheep Land features a natural woodland habitat populated by more than 300 sheep shipped in especially from around the world.

Visitors will be not only be able to watch the sheep from the special viewing gallery, thought to be the world’s biggest, but also go on nature tours inside the enclosure with specially-trained guides. Future activities will see daily herding sessions with a sheepdog.

“It’s not just about entertaining visitors, but helping them better understand this majestic mammal,” said Asma Baratund, Dubai Sheep Land manager. “We hope people leave The Dubai Mall with bags full of shopping and bags more knowledge about sheep.”

But Dubai Sheep Land isn’t without its detractors. Several animal welfare campaigners and charities have claimed that keeping the animals in such conditions is detrimental to their health and will lead to overall suffering.

“Sheep don’t belong in a mall! Dubai disregarded animal rights once again!” tweeted Morgan Fairweather, head of UK livestock charity Farm Right.

“All our sheep were born in captivity, some are even third generation sheep born in artificial conditions in other enclosures around the world,” said Baratund about the criticism. “To be honest, it would be more dangerous to let these animals into the wild.”

Whatever the effect on the animals, the response from visitors so far is that The Dubai Mall’s latest and greatest attraction is simply ‘baaa’-rilliant.

“I just love how close you can get to the sheep!” exclaimed Ramzi Fadda, 12.

“I heard so much about them before, but actually being here in the mall and seeing them in the flesh is amazing,” added Julian O’Henry, 29.

“Although I do hope they sort the smell of shit out soon, it’s putting me off my Starbucks”

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9 Responses to Dubai mall opens new indoor sheep enclosure

  1. Sun reporter September 1, 2014 at 3:39 am

    This is such old n-ewes

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  2. Ivor Biggun September 1, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I met my first love on a sheep farm. How I remember those romantic evenings, running my hands through her soft wool……

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  3. ExpatBrammers September 1, 2014 at 7:52 am

    It’s basically a Welsh Brothel then?

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  4. Cum by! September 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Ewe have got to be kidding!
    This story is a bit woolly, if you ask me.
    Is the attraction being opened by Alan Shearer?

    how are they going to cope with strict local laws?
    The lambs round my way are always gamboling in the fields. Surely this is forbidden!

    (how will they cope with the sharks?

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  5. Hutch September 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Careful guys! This is getting so close to some of the wooly-headed schemes you see there that it’s not even satirical anymore!!

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  6. Shaun September 1, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Slow news day? This is really baa…ad

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  7. Sharp Knife September 1, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Can’t wait for the Dubai Mall Eid Slaughter Festival!

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  8. diyarbakır haber September 2, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Can't wait for the Dubai Mall Eid Slaughter Festival!.

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  9. Farmer bin Giles September 3, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I bin so exited about Sheep Land cos they say it not happening without de tractors. I big fan of farm machinery, looking forward too much to seein de tractors, hope they have Massive Furguson and maybe Combin Harvester!

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