Artificial Reefs

You may have thought that a massive construction project that claims land from the sea would frighten off marine life and destroy the fragile eco-system. Yet at The Palm Jumeirah, the very opposite is true.

Artificial reefs help to prevent erosion and increase the number and sustain the diversity of fish, coral, sponges, oysters and other marine life in the surrounding areas. A variety of materials are used to help build artificial reefs, including oil rigs, tires, and shipwrecks, but Nakheel has found most effective artificial reef material in the waters of Dubai has been natural rock.      

Several years have been spent documenting the sea life around Palm Jumeirah. As a result, we’ve discovered that using natural rock effectively has actually stimulated the propagation of a complex marine ecosystem, creating a natural haven for divers and fish alike. Our Palm Jumeirah development in Dubai has resulted in the creation of the world’s largest artificial reef that has become a visually fascinating marine haven and dive site.

In building The World’s artificial reef to protect its three hundred islands, we used more than thirty-two million tons of natural rock, which, apart from creating an immense new habitat for marine life, has actually improved the quality of the seawater surrounding the islands, resulting in superior quality to that tested along the shoreline of Dubai.

The environmental impact of any development will always be a major consideration for any Nakheel project. Moving forward, we will continue to improve the ecosystems surrounding our developments through the application of acquired and researched technologies, selection of appropriate practices, and implementation of strict guidelines. 
As we further develop the coastline of Dubai, artificial reefs will play a vital role in attracting and sustaining the unique and diverse marine life that make the Gulf their home.