Land Reclamation Projects in the UAE
The practice of filling in waterways to make more land is quite common. Cities tend to be developed near water, because waterways can be used as a method of transportation for people and goods. As human settlements grow, the pressure on existing land also grows.
Some of the largest and most innovative land reclamation projects have occurred in the United Arab Emirates. These projects - completed, currently under construction and planned - have significantly changed the appearance of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other Emirates. Dubai is probably most known for its land reclamation projects, such as the Palm Islands, World Islands and the man-made island for the Burj Al Arab hotel. Also Abu Dhabi has done extensive land reclamation in recent years. One of the reclamation methods used in Abu Dhabi is filling in low lying coastal salt flats. Yas Island, Al Reem Island and Lulu Island are just a couple of examples.
Land reclamation is also used to repair environmental damage. For example, if a beach becomes severely eroded, beach nourishment can be done to restore the beach, a method designed to preserve the existing natural environment.
This is one of the areas where we excel really well. We at Ecocoast have been involved in several different types of land reclamation and beach nourishment schemes throughout the Middle East and Asia. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of designing and constructing practical, user-friendly and innovative marine structures for coastal development, protection and improvement. We conduct extensive research & development to provide unique solutions with minimum environmental impact. If you would like more information regarding our full range of services, please feel free to contact us!
Written by Kevin O'Donnell, Construction Manager at Ecocoast
Hiltonia Beach, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Severe erosion was causing loss of beach and reduction of area for beach facilities and guests. The challenge was to design and construct a protected, low maintenance, high quality beach, avoiding disruption to guests and ongoing nourishment costs. We installed of over 2,000 tonne of sand-filled TenCate geosynthetic toe tubes to provide a solid structure to stabilize and protect the beach as well as prevent erosion.