DM reveals proposals to jazz up Jumeira Beach

Private firms have been invited to bid for Dubai’s latest beachfront development scheme

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  October 9, 2005

Dubai Municipality has revealed detailed plans and invited private firms to grab investment opportunities offered by the US $12.5 million (AED46 million) Jumeira Open Beach beautification project. This came after a meeting of two municipality officials with representatives of potential investors who were briefed on the major features of the project as well as the available investment opportunities. Addressing them, Khalid Mohammed Al Zahed, head of the Coastal Management Section, which is undertaking the project, said over the past couple of years the municipality has initiated a number of new projects with the aim of reinforcing Dubai’s position as a prime holiday destination in the region. Many of these projects include investment opportunities for private companies. He added that the Coastal Management Section has already started working on the first phase of this project, which involves the extension of three existing breakwaters as well as sand replenishment of the beach, with the aim of offering all visitors a safer and bigger beach area. The second phase of the project consists of soft and hard landscaping of the beach front as well as refurbishing of existing beach facilities, such as refreshment kiosks and changing rooms. In addition to that, a whole range of new facilities will be added, including a 3 km -long jogging track, walk ways and a family recreation area with a paddle pool. Other planned facilities include an amphitheatre, food courts, beach bazaar, skate park for older children, a crèche for younger children, a beach restaurant and cafe. Salah Al Qaiwani, head of the Specialised Contracts and Investment Section at the Contracts and Purchasing Department, said all of these represent new investment opportunities for potential private sector firms that might be interested in offering a variety of services to the public. Special facilities for police rescue teams and coastguards, changing rooms, a jogging track, walkways and water sports activities will be provided as part of the Jumeirah Beach Beautification Project. “The proposed development is aimed at offering global best standards for beach-goers,” said Al Zahed. He said Dubai was committed to its reputation as one of the safest tourist destinations in the world and the municipality wanted to ensure visitors using its beaches experienced world-class facilities in addition to international safety standards. Dubai Municipality consultants have drawn on state-of-the-art engineering tools, including those to predict the impact of waves. During the first phase of the work a portion of the beach between the northern breakwater (alongside Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa) and the T-shaped breakwater (near the Police Rescue Unit) will be made available for public use.

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