Dubai Can: Spearheading Ecological Transformation with The World Largest Reef Initiative – Travel And Tour World

Dubai Reef, a sustainable endeavor led by Dubai Can, stands as the globe’s most extensive marine reef development initiative, representing Dubai’s groundbreaking stride towards ecological sustainability. Over a span of four years, the project aims to deploy 20,000 purpose-built reef modules across Dubai’s waters, covering an expansive area of 600 square kilometers. This ambitious undertaking reflects the concerted efforts of both public and private sectors in Dubai, aligned with the emirate’s broader strategic objectives outlined in initiatives like the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33).

Just unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, the initial phase of the project has begun with the introduction of the first reef modules. These modules, designed with meticulous care, surpass 400,000 cubic meters in volume, offering substantial environmental and socio-economic advantages aligned with Dubai’s dedication to securing a sustainable future for future generations.

Aligned with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan and The Executive Council of Dubai, the Dubai Reef project epitomizes a collaborative effort uniting various stakeholders to advance Dubai and the UAE’s strategic goals, including initiatives like the UAE’s Green Agenda – 2030 and the UAE Net Zero 2050 strategy.

Sheikh Hamdan said: “The landmark Dubai Reef initiative is a testament to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Reef ecosystems are unique life sources and vital components in the protection of marine life. Dubai Can’s Dubai Reef project will inject vitality into our coastal waters and contribute to global conservation efforts. The project’s significant long-term environmental and socio-economic impacts will serve Dubai’s commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come.”

With the initial proof of concept introduced by His Excellency Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani and contractors HaejooX in 2021, the Dubai Reef pilot project has now activated its first modules. Collaborating closely with the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), the newly established Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority (DECCA) assumes a vital role in ensuring the project’s success. As the Director General of DECCA, His Excellency Bin Thani will continue to play a pivotal role in supporting the Dubai Reef initiative, bolstering the emirate’s commitment to environmental protection and climate action. Joining DET as strategic partners in the project are DP World, Dubai Chambers, Nakheel, the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and Emirates.

His Excellency, Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DET, said: “Aligned with the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and guided by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, the Dubai Reef project showcases the emirate’s enduring commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation. This collaboration between public and private sector entities will see each partner bring their expertise to drive Dubai’s sustainable future and contribute towards achieving the ambitious goals set forth in the D33 Agenda.”

His Excellency Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani, Director General of DECCA, said: “The Dubai Reef project will provide diverse environments to attract and stimulate fish and marine life. In 2021, we partnered with leading reef developer HaejooX to launch a two-year proof of concept, analysing the effectiveness of purpose-built reefs in Dubai. The study used advanced technologies and utilised a three-dimensional scanning system to understand the quantities and types of fish present. Preliminary data showed an abundant expansion in marine life.”

The Dubai Reef initiative stands as a calculated investment aimed at creating a sustainable impact in the preservation of marine ecosystems. Its core objectives encompass enriching biodiversity, safeguarding coastal and marine habitats in Dubai, bolstering fish populations, and fortifying ecosystem resilience. Moreover, this endeavor is poised to foster a culture of environmental responsibility, boost socio-economic prosperity and ecotourism, and uphold the rich marine heritage of Dubai for generations to come.

The initiative has garnered the support of esteemed investor Ray Dalio, known for his involvement in philanthropic ventures and passionate dedication to ocean exploration and conservation efforts. “I love this audacious Dubai Reef project because it will be a remarkable contribution to the world’s understanding of the benefits of ocean restoration and as well make the Dubai environment healthier and provide an incredible recreation park. Once again, Dubai is pursuing an ambitiously great project, this time under the visionary guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan. It is an amazing project in an amazing place under amazing leadership,” he said. 

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