Nakheel to install four units of two artificial reef systems
Nakheel, the leading property developers in the UAE, teamed with the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, to install and monitor four units of two artificial reef systems of the Norwegian company, SeaCult in the waters of Dubai, just off the breakwaters of The Palm, Jumeirah.
The project team that is involved with the reef trials brings together a wide range of stakeholders including government, private, academic and environmental organisations.
Nakheel has volunteered to coordinate this environmental project and has worked closely with the Zayed International Prize for the Environment to launch the trial of SeaCult’s artificial reefs. The four reefs will be tested to determine whether they are effective in increasing the diversity and abundance of marine life.
“The objective behind the concept of the new artificial reef is to provide both food and shelter for an array of marine life. The key design principle is the extremely high ratio of surface area to volume providing an environment suitable for the establishment of differential and selective habitats. The choice of polypropylene pipes of varying diameter and length effectively makes the reef attractive to a very diverse range of species,” confirmed Mounir Haidar, Head of Technical Department for Nakheel.