Dubai beaches to be revamped
Dubai's beaches could soon be divided into designated areas to keep jet skiers and parasailers away from swimmers, a top Dubai cop has said.
The head of Port Police Station, Colonel Abdullah Mohammad Al Mazyoud, said a special panel had been formed to look at the feasibility of creating separate
sections for different pastimes because of the increased number of beachgoers, boats and jet-ski riders.
“We have formed a committee to look at dividing the beaches into different areas so swimmers can enjoy the beach without being bothered by jet-skis or people parasailing. We will give the study to the higher authorities to approve it later on,” Al Mazyoud said.
“There has been an increase in beachgoers. Last year 3.4 million people used the open beaches. There has also been an increase in people using jet skis and parasailing.”
Al Mazyoud said the biggest challenge for his team continues to be people harassing and annoying others on the beach.
“Usually we will first arrest someone who is annoying another person and ask them to sign a document vowing not to repeat the offence,” he said.
“In the last five months we have had 4,195 people sign such documents compared to 7,332 people for the whole of 2011.” Al Mazyoud also urged beach users to exercise caution, protect their belongings and not leave valuables on the sand while they swim.
“We had three thefts last year due to negligence from people who left their keys, mobile phones and wallets on the shore,” he said.
“People should also be careful while swimming and not swim at night. There are no lifeguards on the beaches at night. Parents should also monitor their children on the beaches to prevent a tragedy.”
Official records showed that 13 people drowned on Dubai beaches in 2011. So far this year four people have drowned and four were injured in sea accidents.