Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has invited contractors to prequalify for coastal protection works at Sir Bani Yas Island, part of its Desert Islands development.
Sir Bani Yas Island is the largest of the eight islands within the Desert Islands development. Located 250km southwest of Abu Dhabi, it lies 9km offshore from Jabel Dhanna. It is approximately 17.5km from north to south and 9km from east to west making it the largest natural island in the UAE.
The full scope of works includes the design and construction of a permanent beach and any associated structure to prevent wave erosion. The total length of the beach is approximately 1,600m long and is located in front of the existing Desert Islands and Resort & Spa by Anantara on the northern coast of the island.
Around 40m² of living coral will need to be relocated. The beach is to be adjoined by a marina that will also be part of the scope, which will be able to facilitate large motor yachts up to 180m length. All dredging and protective breakwaters will formulate part of the coastal protective works.
The southern part of the island also has a small natural harbour protected from Ocean elements. The scope also includes designing and creating pontoons and associated marina facilities to after for boats up to 180m in length in this area.