Dubai Municipality has approved a project to rehabilitate a 3.5 kilometre stretch of public beach by the Burj Al Arab, at a cost of AED35 million (US $9.5 million). It will help to reverse erosion of the beaches and safeguard buildings and infrastructure overlooking the sea.

The project, which starts next week and is expected to be completed by March 2015, will cover all areas of the Umm Suqeim 1, 2 and 3 beaches, starting from the second fishing harbour to Burj Al Arab hotel.

It will see the construction of five groynes normal to the beach, with lengths ranging between 135 and 165 meters, and beach nourishment in Umm Suqeim 1. The total volume of beach sand required to accomplish the proposed stabilisation scheme is approximately 760,000 cubic meters.

Approval of the project, by Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and chairman of Dubai Municipality His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has been based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

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Environment Department director Eng. Alya AbdulRahim Al Harmoudi said: “The Umm Suqeim beaches are one of the most important public beaches in the emirate which attract thousands of visitors annually, due to their unique location and natural characteristics.

“But over the past years, these beaches have been subjected to severe erosion as a result of the implementation of offshore development projects. This led to the loss of large parts of the coastal areas threatening the safety of buildings and infrastructure overlooking the sea, in addition to hindering the development works on these beaches.”

The project comes as part of the responsibilities of Dubai Municipality for the management of public beaches in the emirate ensuring the sustainability of marine and coastal environment. It is also in line with the Vision 2020 of Dubai to develop the tourism sector.