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Artificial Reef Project in Dubai International Waters

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Dubai is set to become a surfers paradise with plans in place to build an offshore reef that will produce major breaking waves.The contractors have already submitted bids to Dubai Municipality for the innovative project that is also being designed to encourage the growth of marine life off the Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim coastline.The firms hoping to land the project are Waagner Biro Gulf and Overseas AST.

The massive reef will be constructed using more than 130 geosynthetic containers and tubes that are filled with sand or stone and sunk to form a horseshoe shape on the seabed.

It will sit just below the low tide level and is designed to channel the flow of water and magnify the height of waves hitting the coast to up to 1.5 m. The company built the first sand filled structure on Australias Gold Coast in 1985, which extended for 100 m and produced waves of up to 6 m in height.

The 73,000 million structure planned for Dubai is likely to extend across 200 m and will be made up of containers that will be 25 m long and 3 m wide.

Trials undertaken so far have shown that the containers increase the number and diversity of marine fauna. The plan is set to be unveiled later this month when the worlds leading marine engineers descend on Dubai for the Arabian coast conference. This type of unit is increasingly being used as a replacement for rock and concrete because of the rising cost of these more traditional materials. A significant number of structures in the Australasian region have been constructed using sand-filled geosynthetic containers over the last 20 years.

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