Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract worth $78 million (AED288m) to construct a water reservoir in Hatta’s Al Nakhali project, which will hold 120 million gallons of desalinated water to increase Dubai’s storage capacity to 1,010 million gallons.
This project is aimed at fulfilling growing demand for water to meet urban, economic and social project needs, according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
Construction at Al Nakhali, which will include two 60 million gallon reservoirs, is on schedule and expected to be complete in the next 24 months.
As a result, DEWA’s total storage capacity will increase to 1,010 million gallons, compared to the current capacity of 830 million gallons.
After the completion of the 60 million gallon reservoir in Al Lusaily in the next 24 months, it is expected to further increase to 890 million gallons.
Hatta has been looking to boost tourism in the area, with new hotels include the Riad Hatta scheduled to open in Q4 of 2019. The project is a boutique hotel designed to blend with Hatta’s famed mountainous nature. The UAE’s first trailer-style concept, Hatta Sedr Trailers, is also set to feature housing units that overlook the Hatta Dam.
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