Dubai Municipality is building a new terminal at Deira Creek that will be used for merchant ships. The port is set to open in August this year. The new port is to reduce the traffic of the existing port of Bur Dubai Creek.
The Director General of Dubai Municipality, Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, said that the project aims to increase the capacity and facilities of marine docks in the emirate. Dubai Municipality has been assigned the task of cleaning and maintaining of the new terminal?s supporting wall and facilities.Upon completion of the new terminal, the old port will be assigned for arriving ships and the new port for departing ships. This is to ensure safety of the creek.
The project cost is estimated at Dh15.8 million. The new marine terminal is of 213 meters in length and equipped with all facilities necessary to accommodate the anchoring of four traditional large size merchant ships at the same time. in addition the terminal is also integrated with government departments and institutions involved in ship procedures.
The project is progressing at a rapid pace and aims to complete the project on time by the end of August. The Coastal Zone Management and Waterways Section has met all engineering and environmental criteria in terms of seabed surveying, soil tests, study of pavement traffic, and the structural designs of the project facilities internally.
The strategic location of Dubai creek has gained importance even in ancient times. It was used as trade route between Europe and India. It has now been developed into a centre of shipping in the region and a fundamental pillar for the growth of economic activity in the emirate.
Source: Emirates 24/7