New 'creek' for Dubai
A new bigger dhow wharfage is to be built in Dubai to help reduce the congestion of vessels along Dubai Creek and to give a boost to the import and export business in the emirate.
The wharfage, which will cost nearly Dhs200 million, will stretch 3km between Deira Corniche and Palm Deira and will have the capacity for the berthing of up to 400 dhows, doubling the size of the existing facilities at Dubai Creek. It will allow for an annual movement of 1.7 million tonnes of cargo at its 30 unloading and offloading areas.
“We have seen increased demand for dhow services within the small-business communities,” said Mohammed Noor Mashroom, director general of Dubai’s Projects Department.
Construction starts in June and is expected to be finished by the end of next year. Dubai Municipality will also embark on a Dhs200 million project to complete the 750,000 cubic metre Business Bay Canal.
The project, which includes pumping water from the sea in Jumeirah to the three lagoons in the Business Bay area, is expected to enhance the beauty of the area to make it more economically viable and improve the quality of the water of the lagoons and Dubai Creek.
Designing the project is expected to take seven months and implementation 18 months.