Land expansion sees Dubai's coastline grow by 6%

Developments like Al Mamzar Corniche Beach and the Dubai Water Canal have led to the expansion of Dubai’s coastline between 2009 and 2015
Land expansion sees Dubai's coastline grow by 6%
Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General, MBRSC.
By Lubna Hamdan
Thu 07 Apr 2016 01:50 PM

Man-made developments and tourist projects have seen Dubai’s coastline grown by 6 percent over the past six years, a new study has shown.

Using satellite imagery, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has said projects like the Al Mamzar Corniche Beach, Jumeirah Bay Island, Jumeirah One Beach, Pearl Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2 Beach, and the Dubai Water Canal have led to the expansion of Dubai’s coastline between 2009 and 2015.

The study also showed the construction of several breakwaters and sand barriers aimed at protecting the coast from medium-high waves, coastal erosion, and sediment transport.

Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, director general, MBRSC, said: “The results of the study shows the vital growth Dubai is witnessing, as the land expansion is the result of man-made projects, many of which are developmental and touristic. This reflects the emirate’s long-term plans for the tourism, commercial sectors and infrastructure, in line with the sound vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.”

The study, which divided the city’s coastline into eight zones (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H), revealed a 0.13 percent fall back in land in zone A due to changes in the Deira Island coastline, Dubai Creek, and Dubai Maritime City Authority.

It also showed a 2.22 percent expansion along zones B and C as a result of construction on the Pearl Jumeirah, Jumeirah Bay Island, and Dubai Water Canal.

Zone D also saw a 0.13 percent expansion in Al Sufouh 1 and 2, while zones E, F, and G witnessed a 1.65 percent increase in land proportion of the coast thanks to expansion on the Palm Islands and Dubai Marina.

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