Dubai approves plan to add 12km of beaches in post-coronavirus tourism push

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed says an area of one million sq m will be developed at a cost of $136m

An area of one million square metres will be developed from Al Mamzar Beach to Umm Suqeim II.

Dubai’s ruler on Saturday said he has approved the development of an extra 12km on beaches in the emirate as it looks to improve its tourism offering post-coronavirus.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Prime Minister and Vice-President and Dubai Ruler, said in a series of tweets that an area of one million square metres will be developed from Al Mamzar Beach to Umm Suqeim II at a cost of AED500 million ($136 million).

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“More areas for swimming… and better running paths… and longer bicycle streets… Quality life in Dubai is the secret of loving life in Dubai,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, Sheikh Mohammed said that 29 new projects to add eight million square metres of green spaces and gardens within Dubai’s residential and commercial areas, worth AED2 billion have also been approved.

“We are continuing to develop our city… we continue to develop our quality of life… we continue to build our future,” the ruler said.

Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed about a AED4 billion Dubai project for energy production by treating waste which will generate sufficient energy for 135,000 homes.

“Dubai is a clean city… its energy is clean… and its neighbourhoods are clean… and its energy resources must remain clean,” another tweet said.

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