H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai approved the ‘Dubai Master Plan for Public Beaches’ that aims to increase the total length of public beaches in the emirate by 400%.
As per the master plan, new beaches will be developed all around four key areas: Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai Islands and Jebel Ali Beach (which is under construction).
Dubai Master Plan for Public Beaches
The new plan, ‘Dubai Master Plan for Public Beaches’, which forms part of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, aims to increase the length of public beaches by 400% by 2040, which involves the opening of new beaches and the development of existing ones with advanced facilities.
Dubai has unveiled plans to develop 54km of beaches around Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Jumeirah and a new 8km beach at Jebel Ali.
.@HHShkMohd approves 'Master Plan for Dubai Public Beaches’, which will see the length of emirate's public beaches increase by 400% by 2040 & services provided on public beaches increase 300% by 2025. pic.twitter.com/hKIFloAVv1— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 25, 2023
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, “The ‘Dubai Master Plan for Public Beaches’ will increase the length of public beaches by 400% by 2040. Their total length will increase from 21 km to 105 km. Services offered on public beaches will increase by 300% by 2025.”
The new public beach master plan features development pillars that will see the increase of cycle paths and walkways, watersports, shops, cafes, restaurants and family spaces. With a focus on preserving the local wildlife, mangrove plantation and wildlife sanctuaries will also be taken into consideration with the evolution of Dubai’s public beaches.
Jebel Ali Public Beach
His Highness received a briefing on the initial phase of the Master Plan, covering a vast expanse of 54 km of public beaches. This includes the collaborative effort with Nakheel to develop the Jebel Ali Public Beach. The 8km beach at Jebel Ali will include the planting of mangrove trees to boost protection from erosion and preserve marine habitats.
It will also have cycling and pedestrian tracks, aqua sports facilities, rest and recreation amenities, restaurants and food carts, as well as family spaces, beach camping and parking areas.
A direct public bus route will be launched to link Jebel Ali Metro Station to the beach. The public will be able to visit turtle enclosures created at the beach in accordance with global standards for their protection. The enclosure will support nationwide efforts to save and rehabilitate turtle species and return them to their natural habitat, as part of the broader goal of preserving the country’s marine environment.
Al Mamzar Public Beach
The ‘Dubai Master Plan for Public Beaches’ also includes the further development of the Al Mamzar Public Beach (Creek and Corniche). The development project, which will commence in June this year, is set to be completed by the end of this year. The project will feature new public facilities, pedestrian and cycling tracks and the planting of mangrove trees along the Corniche section of the beach.
The public will also be able to visit turtle enclosures at the beach, which will support the UAE’s efforts to save and rehabilitate turtle species and return them to their natural habitat.
As part of the new Plan, a 4,000-metre cycling track will be added to the Al Mamzar public beaches and 9% of its public beaches will be designated for night swimming in 2023. In 2024, the number of services at the beach will double and an additional 3% of public beaches will be designated for night swimming while in 2025, the beach services will increase three-fold and the length of cycling tracks will rise by 20%.
Dubai has a total of eight public beaches which feature swimming areas, sandy areas and running tracks. These include public beaches in Khor Al Mamzar, Al Mamzar Corniche, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3, Umm Suqeim 1, Umm Suqeim 2, and Jebel Ali Public Beach. All these public beaches have received the international Blue Flag certification for five consecutive years, which confirms that they maintain compliance with global standards for seawater quality, environmental education, environmental management, public safety, and services.
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