Construction projects expand Dubai coastline by 6%

A 0.33% drop in land was also recorded in some zones researched by Dubai's Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre to study the impact of the city's construction projects

Dubai's coastline was divided into eight zones for study. [Image: Dubai Media Office]
Dubai's coastline was divided into eight zones for study. [Image: Dubai Media Office]

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the results of an analytical study to monitor the changes on Dubai coastlines during varying periods between 2009 and 2015.

Different parts of the Emirate's coastline expanded by 6%. 

A minor fall back in land – around 0.33% – was also recorded in some zones. 

The study covered the natural geographical and human changes the Dubai coastline witnessed, from Al Mamzar Beach Park to the Dubai Waterfront Project and the Arabian Canal.

Studies carried out classified the land attached to the coast, and identified the expansion and the partial and total erosion ratios.

Dubai's coastline was divided into eight zones (A-H) as a part of the study. 

The 6% partial expansion in different parts of the coast is due to a number of projects taking place in the Emirate, such as the 1,000m-long Al Mamzar Corniche Beach.

Zone A witnessed a slight fall back in the land, estimated at 0.13% as a result of the partial changes Deira Island coastline underwent, in addition to the removal of the sandy areas in the coasts overlooking Dubai Creek and Dubai Maritime City Authority.

The study showed the construction of a number of breakwaters in order to protect the coast from medium-high waves, in addition to the construction of sand barriers in order to stop coastal erosion and sediment transport and to preserve the coast.

Satellite images of Dubai's coastline were used to record and analyse these findings. 

H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general of MBRSC, said: "The Dubai coastline changes monitoring study serves as a testament and a good example of the important aspects and uses of space images and applications.

"The results of the study show the vital growth Dubai is witnessing, as the land expansion is the result of man-made projects, many of which are developmental and touristic." 

The study zones B and C witnessed a significant urban development, which in turn, added an expansion along the coast estimated at 2.22%.

Zone D witnessed a slight expansion of land in Al Sufouh 1 and 2, estimated at 0.13%.

Elsewhere, zones E, F, and G witnessed a significant increase in land proportion of the coast estimated at 1.65%, Dubai Media Office said in a statement. 


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