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Dubai Municipality undertakes survey on emirate’s coasts

United Arab Emirates: Sunday, December 21 - 2003 @ 16:00

This was stated by Eng. Khalid Mohammed Al Zahed, Head of the Marine Unit at the General Projects Department, who noted that 30 per cent of the survey had already been completed.

He added that the survey, which began in August this year, involves all coastal facilities including the northern breakwaters off Jebel Ali Port and Al Mamzar Lagoon as well as the Dubai Creek.

“The survey will enable us to prepare a database of the geographical information systems (GIS) related to the marine works. We will list this information as part of the current GIS database of Dubai Municipality. Later on, this will be made available to the public online,” said Mr. Al Zahid.

He added that the types of facilities that are surveyed include the 6.5 kilometer long breakwaters, the 13-km long rock reinforcement for the coasts, the 4.7 km long supplementary cement walls, a number of small ports and several other small buildings off the coast.

The coastal areas, covered by the survey, include Al Mamzar Lagoon, Deira Corniche, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Open Beach, Jumeirah Corniche, Umm Suqeim, Jumeira Port, Umm Suqeim Port and Mina Al Seyahi.

Al Zahed noted that the survey would yield vital information such as the present status of the facilities, their operational status, expected date of operation or use of the facilities, future maintenance requirements including the necessary costs, maintenance priority for each facility, and the prospect of enhancing these facilities as per the future needs.

“This survey is highly significant for Dubai Municipality, because it will give us vital and comprehensive information for all major coastal facilities that had been built during the past 20 years. This will enable the marine engineers to prepare meticulous plans and financial budgets for the necessary maintenance works of these facilities and carry out restoration works for some of them as and when the need arises,” Al Zahed pointed out.

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