Dubai's beaches are likely to get a facelift with Dubai Municipality allocating Dh.35million for regular maintenance of marine facilities and coastal protection for next two years.
The Director-General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, said that the project includes preventive and corrective maintenance of marine facilities, coastal structures and pollution protection barriers, swimming barriers and floating anchors.
He said that we have allocated the contract as part of continuous maintenance and to keep the beaches in Dubai, on par with international standards.
According to the Director of Environment Department, Alya Al Harmoudi, said one of the Blue Flag requirements is to keep the beaches in a sustainable condition.
He further said that Dubai beaches are sustainable, as the municipality has fulfilled all the needs for accreditation of the Blue Flag certification, a prestigious global certification to be awarded to the beaches, which are developed, based on concept of sustainability, including compliance to 32 standards.
The Blue Flag Beach criteria are focused on four main topics, which include information, environmental education, environmental management, water quality, safety and services.
The municipality presents the status of quality of marine water in public beaches to beach goers and to public on a monthly basis. This is done by sampling the water of the beach and checking it once a month to ensure that it is free from anything that is harmful for swimmers.
The municipality is also responsible for cleanliness of public beaches by providing recycling containers to collect, recycle and benefit from garbage, provide clean toilets and showers for beachgoers and plans are on to build additional toilets and smart changing rooms in public beaches.
The municipality has announced the preparations for second ‘smart and sustainable’ night swimming beach in Al Mamazar, after the first one in Umm Suqeim became an instant hit among the residents.
The Night Swimming Beach in Al Mamazar is likely to open by the year-end. The Night Swimming beach is the first-of-its-kind in the world, as its operations would depend only on clean energy generated from wind and sun.
Municipality has also facilitated easier access and floating wheel chairs for people with determination on different beaches, Al Harmoudi said.