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JIIC awards Dhs50m marine contract

Jubail-Island

Works on the eight-month-long marine channel package have already started.

Business Bureau, Gulf Today

Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has awarded an Dhs50 million marine works contract for Jubail Island to National Marine Dredging Company.

Works on the eight-month-long marine channel package have already started. The scope comprises more than seven kilometres of widening and enhancing existing waterways designed to improve overall waterfront living experience, restore water circulation to previously stressed mangrove forests and to support the propagation of new forests. The contract also includes the planting of thousands of new mangrove trees.

Upon completion, the marine works will enhance the natural waterfront surrounding Jubail Island, dramatically improving the experience for residents and visitors and, most importantly will enhance environmental biodiversity of Jubail Island.

In May 2019, JIIC appointed Gulf Contractors Company (GCC) to execute enabling works for the Dhs5 billion project that are scheduled for completion in January 2020.

Speaking on the occasion, 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.”

He added: “Abu Dhabi government has 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.