Umm Suqeim beach to receive $9.5mn renovation

Work will cover all areas of Umm Suqeim 1, 2 and 3 beaches

NEWS, Projects, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai municipality, Umm Suqeim beach

A $9.5mn (AED35mn) project to upgrade Umm Suqeim beach in Dubai has been approved.

The work will cover all areas of the of Umm Suqeim 1, 2 and 3 beaches starting from the second fishing harbor to the Burj Al Arab Hotel, stretching approximately 3.5km.

Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said: “Dubai Municipality will start the implementation of the project as of next week and expects to be completed in coming March.

“The project plan consists of constructing five groynes normal to the beach with lengths ranging between 135 and 165 meters and beach nourishment in Umm Suqeim 1. Whereas, in Umm Suqeim 2 beach, the stabilisation is achieved by beach nourishment works only. The total volume of beach sand required to accomplish the proposed stabilisation scheme is approximately 760,000m2.”

Eng. Alya Abdul Rahim Al Harmoudi, director of Environment Department, 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.”

She explained that the project has been thoroughly studied by a team of experts and specialists in the municipality using most advanced numerical modelling systems to determine the dimensions and elements of the project, as well as, to be able to accurately predict the long-term changes of the shoreline.

The proposed groynes are composite type made of timber logs fixed to steel piles instead of conventional rubble mound structures for asthetic reasons. In addition, the proposed design does not occupy much space from the beach area since it does not exceed one meter, unlike the conventional structure in which is 30 meters wide.

“The project will be executed in different stages to avoid completely closing the beaches considering its high recreational use. The public is urged to cooperate with the municipality and the project contractor throughout the stages of partial closures of these beaches complying with the safety instructions and regulations and should refrain from entering the work sites for their own safety,” said Al Harmoudi.

“The main works will be commenced taking into account the entire safety measures in line with international standards adopted in this regard so as to ensure the safety of beach and public,” she added. 

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