HH Mansour bin Zayed visits Shawka Dam in Ras al-Khaimah
Ministry of Energy instructed to conduct study on the dam's enlargement to benefit from the water that it stores, as well as on promoting the dam’s tourism facilities
HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, visited the Shawka Dam in Ras al-Khaimah, where he viewed the dam’s facilities and the underground water reservoir under its lake.
The dam is considered one of the country’s leading sustainable projects that was carried out under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as part of His Highness’s initiatives to advance infrastructure development in all parts of the country, state news agency WAM reported.
HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed praised the dam project initiatives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which aim to develop local infrastructure and preserve water resources.
He also highlighted the importance of the project, which is being personally monitored by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, under the framework of His Highness’s desire to support the nation’s citizens and fulfill their needs.
In a presentation by officials from the Ministry of Energy its contribution to increasing local underground water supplies, and its efforts to establish water tourism in the region were brought to the fore.
He subsequently ordered a study on the enlargement of the dam, to benefit from the water that it stores, as well as on promoting the dam’s tourism facilities and supporting overall tourism in the region.
During his tour, HH Sheikh Mansour reviewed the draft water security strategy, which aims to protect, preserve and develop underground water resources to guarantee its sustainability.
He also viewed the Ministry of Energy’s plans to develop a smart application on dams and water barriers in the UAE, which will allow easier access to the locations of dams within valleys and provide engineering and water information to visitors, scholars and researchers.
Shawka Dam was inaugurated in 2001 and is considered among the largest dams in the country, with an estimated capacity of 275,000 cubic metres, a height of 13 metres and a length of 107 metres.
During the tour, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed was accompanied by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Matar Al Niyadi, Ministry of Energy Under-Secretary, along with other officials.