Sheikh Hamdan approves Umm Suqeim Beaches improvement project

DUBAI: Based on directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality has approved the improvement project for Umm Suqeim beach at an expected cost of AED 35 million.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, stated that the scope of work of the project will cover all areas of the of Umm Suqeim 1, 2 and 3 beaches, starting from the second fishing harbour at the Burj Al Arab Hotel for a length of approximately 3.5 km.

He explained that the project comes as part of the responsibilities of Dubai Municipality for the management of public beaches in the emirate, ensuring the sustainability of the marine and coastal environment, and in line with the Vision 2020 of Dubai to develop the tourism sector which was announced by His Highness the Ruler of Dubai.

Lootah said, “Dubai Municipality will begin implementation of the project as of next week and expects it to be completed by next March. The project consists of constructing five groynes with lengths ranging between 135 and 165 meters and beach replenishment in Umm Suqeim 1. Whereas, in Umm Suqeim 2, stabilisation is achieved by beach replenishment works only. The total volume of beach sand required to accomplish the scheme is approximately 760,000 cubic meters.” Alya AbdulRahim Al Harmoudi, Director of the Environment Department, explained that the project has been thoroughly studied by a team of experts and specialists in the municipality, 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.

The project will be executed in different stages to avoid completely closing the beaches considering their 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.