Dubai Municipality will implement a $9.5m (AED35m) project to carry out periodic maintenance work for the emirate's marine facilities and coast protection requirements over the next two years.
HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, and Chairman of Dubai Municipality approved the project.
Eng Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said that the programme is part of the agency's plans to boost Dubai's marine facilities and beaches due to their tourism and commercial importance.
The project's scope includes preventive and corrective maintenance of the agency's marine facilities, such as the maintenance of beaches and coastal protection facilities, pollution prevention barriers, swimming barriers and floating anchors, within the time frame of a specific programme, in addition to the work orders as and when needed.
Alya Al Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department at Dubai Municipality explained the characteristics of the coast of the emirate, in addition to its exposure to the seasonal northerly storms that lead to erosion of large amount of sand – estimated at 30,000 cubic meters per year – causes erosion of beaches, which threatens their surrounding residential, service, and tourist infrastructure.
She added: "Understanding this risk, the Municipality has pushed itself in the past to formulate plans for coastal protection and maintenance, which is still going on.
Al Harmoudi quoting the restoration and development of Umm Suqeim beach, which was enriched with nearly 500,000 cubic meters of high-quality beach sand and protected with a number of coastal barriers, as an example of the agency's efforts.
“Similarly, a new beach was also developed in Al Mamzar Corniche and enriched it with about 250,000 cubic meters of sand. The Sufouh Beach was also enriched with about 100,000 cubic meters of sand to protect the facilities overlooking it, in addition to carrying out other works such as installing protective barriers against pollution and providing safe limits for swimming, and the development of marinas for boats and entrances to the beaches for people with special needs, as well as improving the facilities at the fishermen's port," Al Harmoudi continued.
Project works will commence with operators inspecting the state of the facilities at the sea and coastal areas such as wave barriers, sea buoys, barriers for safe swimming limits, protective barriers against pollution, sign boards and navigational aids and prepare periodic reports on the situation.
Al Harmoudi added: "The project also will include the installation of temporary and permanent means using rock or concrete and more environment-friendly means, such as beach nourishment with high quality sand to compensate for erosion and use of sandbags technology to help solidify the beach. During the project, the maintenance of the coastal facilities and repair of marine facilities and replacing the damaged parts will be carried out."