UAE okays $44.1m infra projects including dams and water canals

Published: 17 February 2020 - 11:15 a.m.

The Follow-up Committee of the Initiatives of the UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has approved the development of a series of infrastructure facilities valued at $44.1m (AED162m), which includes construction of dams and water canals in various areas of the country.

As part of the project, a dam will be constructed in Ras Al Khaimah’s Wadi Naqab at a cost of $7.3m (AED26.9m). Upon being constructed the dam will have a height of 22m and will be 257m-wide, with a capacity of around one million cubic metres.

Being constructed in the main valley of Wadi Naqab that is 6km from the intersection of three valleys in Al Fahlan will control the flow of water to residential neighbourhoods and improve groundwater storage in agricultural areas.

According to the UAE’s state-held, Emirates News Agency, the project also covers the construction of water channels with regular and lined paths, as well as lakes and barriers to absorb and store rain water and prevent waste.

The projects also include several dams, water canals, and urgent protection works in areas off the eastern coast, and in Masfout, Siji, and Shawka, valued at $33.4m (AED122.6m).

The committee also approved the construction of ferry and water drainage channels to protect housing areas across Fujairah, with the project being valued at $20.7m (AED76.2m).

In addition to the deployment of a number of water ferries and the maintenance of the Hazf Dam in Ajman’s Masfout, at a cost of $3.1m (AED11.5m).

Other projects also okayed by the committee include three projects related to draining rainwater and constructing ferries in Sharjah that will be carried out at a total cost of $5.3m (AED19.4m). These projects will be built in Luluyah and Mediffi in Khor Fakkan, Al Saf, and Sur Kalba, while the ferry project will be constructed in the Wadi Shawka Dam on the Al-Siji-Shawka Road.

Another project in the series is the construction of urgent protection works in Al Siji village, as well as in Dafta in Ras Al Khaimah at a cost of $4.2m (AED15.5m). Additionally, the construction of the Al Rahba Dam and protection works in Shaml, Ras Al Khaimah has also been sanctioned, with the project being valued at $3.2m (AED11.9m).

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