Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Work kick-starts on Island 2 project at Jumeirah coast

Meraas Development has begun reclamation work on the Island 2 project, located off Jumeirah, aimed at housing high-end boutique resort, low-rise apartment buildings and a marina.

A Dutch contracting firm, Van Oord, which specializes in dredging and land reclamation, said that it has been awarded the contract to build an island, called “Jumana Island”.

Work on the project has begun, and is scheduled for completion by end of 2013. The contract is worth Dh.491mn.

According to Meraas, the “Island 2” project is a mixed-use development which will house an elite high-end boutique resort, along with low-rise apartment buildings and a marina.

The island will be located off Jumeirah, with direct accessibility from Jumeirah Road. The pristine site, spanning 6.3mn square feet, will be located in a much sought-after leisure spot, with rooted traditions along the Jumeirah Beach coastline.

The island will be linked to the main land through a bridge stretching 300-metres in length. The project will involve dredging of sand from the sea-bed, reclaiming the island and reclamation of the beaches.

Construction of groynes, soil compaction, revetments of the new island and reclamation of sand bodies to facilitate construction of a bridge, also form part of the project, the company said.

About 8mn cubic metres of sand will be dredged and deposited, while three million tonnes of stone will be placed for reclaiming the island.

Van Oord has been working with Meraas to develop Pearl Jumeirah Island. It is involved in projects such as construction of Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira, The World, the harbour development in Mina Seyahi, the land reclamation for Dubai Maritime City.

Meraas is already developing Pearl Jumeirah, adjacent to the Jumeirah shoreline. The reclaimed island, spanning 8.3mn square feet of land, will have more than 300 residential villa plots.

Last week, the developer launched Dh.6bn Bluewaters project, which will house the world’s largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye. Construction work on the project, which will come up close to Jumeirah Beach Residence, will commence in April, while, construction for Dubai Eye is planned for second quarter of the year.

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