Demonstrating its commitment to the environment, Nakheel, the leading property developers in the UAE, teamed with the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, to install and monitor four units of two artificial reef systems of the Norwegian company, SeaCult in the waters of Dubai, just off the breakwaters of The Palm, Jumeirah.
The Palm Islands, also referred to as The Palm Dubai and The Palms, are the world’s two largest man-made islands, which are being built on the coast of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The objective behind the concept of the new artificial reef is to provide both food and shelter for an array of marine life. The key design principle is the extremely high ratio of surface area to volume providing an environment suitable for the establishment of differential and selective habitats.
The basic artificial reef design comprises of a central hollow concrete core, with numerous protruding polypropylene pipes. Each reef module provides over 250m2 of surface area that is available for colonisation by marine flora and fauna. The pipes provide up to 350 meters of cavities available for occupation by crustaceans, molluscs, fish, corals and macroalgae.