Hamdan bin Rashid approves Umm Sequim beach development

DUBAI: H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, U.A.E. Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, acting on directives from Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has approved a project to protect the marine and coastal environment at the Umm Suqeim beach at an expected cost of AED35 million.

Director-General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, said that the scope of work of the Umm Suqeim Rehabilitation Project will cover the 3.5-kilometre beach line at Umm Suqeim 1, 2 and 3 areas, starting from the second fishing harbour at the Burj Al Arab Hotel (3.5 kilometres).

The implementation of the project is set to start next week and is expected to be completed by end of next February.

The five groynes will range in length between 135 and 165 metres while 760,000 cubic metres of sand will be used for stabilisation and replenishment work.

Umm Suqeim is among the most important public beaches attracting thousands of tourists, Director of the Environment Department at Dubai Municipality, Alya Abdul Rahim Al Harmoudi, said adding that the project was thoroughly studied by a team of experts and specialists using advanced numerical modelling systems to determine the dimensions and elements of the project, as well as accurately predict long-term changes of the shoreline.