Master developer Nakheel has appointed marine engineering contractor Van Oord to deliver 23.5 kilometres of coastline and breakwaters at Deira Islands, its new, 15.3 sq. km waterfront city in Dubai.
The Dh387 million contract, signed yesterday (Monday) with Van Oord Middle East Limited Dubai Branch, includes beaches, quay walls, rock edges and breakwaters at Deira Islands, which is set to transform Dubai's Deira district into a world-class hub for tourism, living, retail and entertainment. The overall cost of the coastal work is around Dh550 million.
The two-year contract - stage one of Nakheel's water edge delivery programme at Deira Islands - includes 8.5 km of beaches, 3.5 km of quay walls and 9.5 km of rock revetments at two of the four Deira Islands. The work includes a 4km stretch of waterfront, big enough to accommodate more than 500 yachts and boats, at the 4.5 million square metre south island. Van Oord will also build 2 km of breakwaters to protect the newly-created basin and beachfront.
Nakheel has previously engaged Van Oord for dredging and coastal work on its world-famous waterfront projects in Dubai, including Palm Jumeirah and The World which added 300 km to Dubai's coastline. Deira Islands will add another 40 km, including 21 km of beachfront.
Deira Islands, one of several Nakheel developments underway in line with the Government of Dubai's tourism vision, paves the way for hundreds of new hotels, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and marinas. Nakheel itself is developing a significant chunk of the south island with a host of new attractions including Deira Islands Night Souk, Deira Mall, and Deira Islands Towers and Boulevard.