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Dubai completes six-year harbours project to aid fishermen

Dubai Customs says project to build three harbours, retail outlets, restaurants, cafes, fish markets is fully operational

Dubai completes six-year harbours project to aid fishermen
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Dubai Customs said on Sunday it has completed a six-year project to develop harbours for fishermen in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim.

A statement said the project aims to support traditional fishermen communities and revive the UAE's rich heritage.

The project started in mid-2008 and involved the development of three harbours called Jumeirah 1, Umm Suqeim 1 and Umm Suqeim 2.

The completed project was completed in two parts. The first phase included renovating harbours, including a boatyard for fishing boats and another for yachts and recreational boats.

The boatyard is now fully operational with a total capacity of 466 anchorages, of which 348 are for fishing boats and 119 are for yachts and recreational boats.

The second part of the project was dedicated to improving fishermen's everyday life with facilities such as warehouses to store fishing tools, boat repair workshops and two fish markets, one in Jumeirah 1 and the other in Umm Suqeim 1.

Retail outlets, restaurants and cafes, majlis, prayer halls and tourist and recreational facilities are also included.

"All of these facilities are to cater to the needs of fishermen and residents and to attract tourists by providing means of comfort to them to enjoy an incredible waterfront experience with some of the best views in Dubai. The project will constitute a tourist landmark while reflecting on the Emirati heritage and culture," the statement said.

It added that 1,000 labourers and seamen will benefit from the project.

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