Is Dubai building a massive river under the streets?

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 21 January 2019: Dubai Municipality is currently implementing four key projects at a total cost of Dh6.5 billion.

These include the:

  1. Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System
  2. Waste Management Centre
  3. Dubai Municipality Environmental Satellite and
  4. Dubai Traditional Market

The Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System is the first project of its kind in the Middle East that aims to collect and convey groundwater and storm water runoff, and then store it and direct it to the sea. The project is critical to face the future challenges coming from rains over the next 100 years. The project has a capacity of 110 m3 per minute (6,600 tonne per minute), which is double the flow of the Thames River in London. The Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System will drain 40% of the entire area of the city. It will serve the whole of Dubai South, which is home to Dubai’s Al Maktoum Airport and the Expo 2020.

The Waste Management Centre will be the world’s largest single waste-to-energy plant, built on two hectares of land in the Warsan area. The plant will consume the city’s solid, industrial and commercial waste and convert them into electricity. Gases produced by the waste will be burned in order to turn a steam turbine to generate electricity. Incombustible material will be left as recyclable ash, from which useful metals can be extracted for reuse. The gas will be treated with lime and filtered to minimise the release of pollutants during processing.

The plant is set to have thermal transfer efficiency of 29%, the highest percentage of its kind in the world. The first line of the plant will be operational in 2022, with full lines ready by 2023, spanning an area of 55 acres. The plant will have a processing capacity of 1.9 million tonnes a year.

Dubai Municipality Environmental Satellite project will feature the region’s first environmental nanometric satellite named DM SAT1, which is designed to collect and analyse environmental data that will be used to find solutions for increasing pollution in cities and to address climate change. DM SAT1 is a joint project between Dubai Municipality and The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. The assembling of DM SAT1 is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019, and launched by year-end.

Dubai Traditional Market: The fourth project is the development of traditional souqs in the Deira and Bur Dubai areas, which are set to attract 12 million visitors by 2020.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, praised the efforts of the municipality, and the positive outcomes of its projects that will further support the strategic objectives of Dubai.

He said that providing a high quality of life for citizens is a key priority for the government. “The government seeks to develop projects and find creative solutions for achieving the strategic objective of ensuring sustainability and providing services for citizens, residents and visitors that meet the highest international standards. This helps ensure that the UAE remains a development model centred on the happiness of its people.”

Sheikh Mohammed also stressed the importance of keeping pace with the latest scientific advances in various fields that offer effective solutions to the common challenges faced by societies, especially those related to the climate and environment. This requires continuous monitoring of global best practices to apply appropriate solutions that meet local needs, as well as indigenous efforts to develop new innovative solutions.

“The real value of projects is measured by its positive impact on society, and its ability to improve people’s lives and achieve optimal use of resources. We should always be a benchmark for quality of life and for creating a bright future for our people. This requires creative thinking, comprehensive planning and speedy execution,” His Highness said.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum; Chairman of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Director General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai Khalifa Saeed Suleiman; and Chairman of Dubai Holding and Group Chairman of Meraas Abdulla Ahmed Al Habbai.

Director General of Dubai Municipality Dawood Al Hajri briefed Sheikh Mohammed about four projects.



Dubai Gazette