UAE-based Jubail Island Investment awards marine works contract for $1.3bln Abu Dhabi island

Project on track to hand over plots by mid-2021

Early morning view of Al Reem island from Abu Dhabi island, capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Early morning view of Al Reem island from Abu Dhabi island, capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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UAE-based Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has signed up National Marine Dredging Company to carry out marine works at its $5-billion island development in Abu Dhabi, which boasts a mix of serviced plots, high-end and mid-range properties, community facilities, an office park, as well as retail and F&B outlets.

The project, spread over a 400-hectare area, is poised to become Abu Dhabi’s most sought-after residential sanctuary for wellness and nature enthusiasts.

In May this year, JIIC had appointed Gulf Contractors Company to execute enabling works for the island project which is scheduled for completion in January next year. Work on the eight-month-long marine channel package too has started.

Under the Dh50-million contract, National Marine Dredging Company will complete over 7-km widening work besides enhancing existing waterways designed to improve overall waterfront living experience, restoring water circulation to previously stressed mangrove forests and also providing support to the propagation of new forests. The contract also includes the planting of thousands of new mangrove trees, it added.

Once the marine works get completed, it will enhance the natural waterfront surrounding Jubail Island, dramatically improving the experience for residents and visitors and, most importantly enhancing the island's environmental biodiversity.

Richard Russell, Chief Operations Officer of Lead Development – the development management firm overseeing Jubail Island, said: "With enabling and marine works having commenced on the island, we are well on track to hand over plots as early as mid-2021. The timely delivery of this showcase project as per the highest construction and environmental standards is our utmost priority."

Abu Dhabi government, he stated, had taken proactive steps to support local biodiversity and protect the environment against the effects of climate change through rehabilitating existing mangrove areas.

"On Jubail Island, we will spare no effort to ensure that our marine works bolster this national objective through safeguarding this pristine ecosystem," stated Russell.

Set to feature six villages – Marfa Al Jubail, Nad Al Dhabi, Seef Al Jubail, Ain Al Maha, Souk Al Jubail and Bed’a Al Jubail, Jubail Island is strategically located between Yas Island, Saadiyat Island and Abu Dhabi city, just 10 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi Corniche and a 50-minute drive from Dubai Marina.

With plots available for sale since April 2019, the attractive investment zone offers easy access to several key attractions in the UAE capital.

With a Pearl Rating from Abu Dhabi’s Estidama certification system, the project is set to significantly enhance the island’s natural ecosystem through planting new mangrove forests, as well as adding an extensive canal network and other new marine habitats that will provide an ideal home to populations of migratory birds, fish, sea turtles and gazelles, said the developer.

The development will also boast generous outdoor areas and include parks, hiking paths, kayaking stations and cycling routes for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts, it added.-TradeArabia News Service

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