Dubai surges on with three new mega projects


By Staff

Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, has announced three prestigious projects approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality.

Completion of Business Bay Canal and its Connection to the Sea (Supplied)
Completion of Business Bay Canal and its Connection to the Sea (Supplied)

Lootah said that the most important project is Dubai Safari Project, which will be located in Al Warqa 5 in Aweer Road on 400 hectares of land and includes Dubai Safari, butterfly park, golf courses, entertainment and recreational areas.

Dubai Safari that covers 60 hectares of the total area is aimed at establishing the best centre for wildlife in the world, providing a variety of environment appropriate for different animals, attract visitors from different parts of the world and use modern interactive methods to ensure a distinctive experience for visitors.

The stages of project include site preparation, preparing internal roads and infrastructure, gardening, landscaping and water bodies; transferring the existing zoo in Jumeirah to the new location and other facilities.

Mohammed Noor Mashroom, Director of General Projects Department, explained the second project — Dhow Wharfage Development at Deira Corniche – will build an additional integrated infrastructure to facilitate an increase in dhow trade throughout Dubai.

The project consists of the construction of a comprehensive wharfage of length 3 km, in between the Deira Corniche and Palm Deira, in front of Hayatt Regency Hotel. The wharfage will be divided into 30 loading/unloading areas, which will allow around 400 dhows of different sizes to berth at the same time.The project provides a loading/unloading area of 90,000 square metres, which is more than half the loading/unloading area existing currently in Dubai Creek; and facilitates loading/unloading of cargo  of more than 1.7 million tons per year.

The wharfage has been designed with a depth of seven meters below the low water level and with all necessary anchorage elements; this will allow Dubai Creek to receive and anchor bigger dhows, which could not enter before.

This project includes new quay structures and associated dredging and reclamation, including the supporting services and infrastructure such as entry and exit reporting wharves, administrative and control buildings, sailor’s facilities and re-fuelling wharf.

All safety precautions have been followed according to international standards through providing an integrated fire fighting network as well as security services, police, rescue and civil defence facilities and berths. The project works include providing all major services including internal roads, water, electricity, telecommunication and sewage networks. Also, a lighting network will be provided for the whole wharfage area which will facilitate cargo handling work during the evening hours.

Construction of the project will require the excavation and dredging of 390,000 cubic metres of sand from the seabed adjacent to the wharf site, and this amount will be re-used for the reclamation works of the wharfage. According to the project plan, construction works will commence at the beginning of June 2012, with the completion and operation of Phase 1 (60 per cent of the wharf) after 12 months, and the second phase will be completed by end of year 2013.

Ibrahim Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Juma , Head of Coastal Engineering Unit explained the project of Completion of Business Bay Canal and its Connection to the Sea. More info