Petition calls for stop to Jumeirah Beach works

Fears expansion will affect quality of waves and damage eco-system

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A petition calling for a halt to construction work at Jumeirah Beach Hotel marina has been signed by over 1,500 people, according to The National.

The paper reported that the petition, which says the expansion work will affect the quality of waves and damage the ecosystem, will be delivered to the Dubai government.

The expansion will see part of the beach being reclaimed, while the current breakwater is being extended beyond the iconic 360 degrees outdoor bar.

“It’s the only location in Dubai with decent waves to surf,” petition signatory Jeremy Klynsmith, 29, the manager of Zoo skatepark in Al Quoz told The National.

He added: “We wait and pray for waves in winter. It makes you appreciate it more because the days with good swells are so few and far between. Now with this wave-breaker there won’t be any waves at all. Some people surf at

Mamzar beach but the waves are not as good as Sunset. The beach at JBR [Jumeirah Beach Residences] was a good location, but that is gone now.” 

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