Two Dubai beaches resume accepting visitors

Dubai has reopened Kite and Nessnass beaches, which were closed this week after reports of oil slicks. Bathers said on social media that oily water was left on their feet and swimming costumes, in addition to having a foul odour, after which red flags were raised over the beaches.

Currently, according to Dubai Municipality officials, the water is safe for bathing and the beaches have resumed normal operations. The sea water has become transparent again.

It is worth noting that oil spills are not uncommon in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, which are busy sea lanes filled with commercial ships. In 2020, authorities threatened ship captains with sanctions after a series of oil spills off the coasts of Fujairah and Kalba.

Around 15 million dirhams (US$4 million) is spent annually on maintaining the city’s beaches. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said earlier that the emirate’s coastline will increase by 400 per cent by 2040.

If today in Dubai the length of public beaches is 21 kilometres, within 20 years it will grow to 105 kilometres. Accordingly, the number of restaurants, shops, playgrounds and areas for water sports will increase by 300 per cent.

New urban projects will support the development of tourism infrastructure in the coming years. “Dubai will continue to compete with itself and become an ideal destination for tourists and residents,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.

He said the government’s aim is to consolidate Dubai’s leading position as one of the world’s most beautiful and developed cities, and to maintain its uniqueness, which is associated with success and phenomenal achievements.

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