Dubai’s coastline expanded by 6% due to a number of projects taking place in the Emirate, such as the 1,000m-long Al Mamzar Corniche Beach.
According to The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) that monitored the changes on Dubai coastlines between 2009 and 2015, a minor fall back in land of c. 0.33% was also recorded in some zones.
The study covered natural geographical and human changes the Dubai coastline witnessed from Al Mamzar Beach Park to the Dubai Waterfront Project and the Arabian Canal.
Dubai’s coastline was divided into eight zones (A-H) for the study. Zone A witnessed a slight fall back in the land, estimated at 0.13% as a result of the partial changes Deira Island coastline underwent, in addition to the removal of the sandy areas overlooking Dubai Creek and Dubai Maritime City Authority. Zones B and C witnessed a significant urban development expanding the coast by c. 2.22%. Zone D saw slight expansion of land in Al Sufouh 1 and 2 of c. 0.13%. Zones E, F, and G witnessed a significant increase in land proportion of the coast estimated at 1.65%
The study showed the construction of a number of breakwaters in order to protect the coast from medium-high waves, in addition to the construction of sand barriers in order to stop coastal erosion and sediment transport and to preserve the coast.