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The 2.6-km boardwalk navigates through a variety of ecosystems.

The 2.6-km boardwalk navigates through a variety of ecosystems.

GHD plays vital role in mangrove park project

March 2020

Australian engineering consultancy GHD delivered a wide range of services for the recently opened Jubail Mangrove Park, a first-of-its-kind ecotourism project in the UAE, focused on raising environmental awareness of the mangrove habitat.

The community park was developed by Abu Dhabi-based Modon Properties.

A series of pedestrian boardwalk routes provides unrivalled access adjacent to the mature mangrove forests and tidal lagoons of Jubail Island. The 2.6-km boardwalk navigates through a variety of ecosystems including mangrove habitat, intertidal mudflats, salt marshes, lagoon channels and unique sandstone geological formations (zeugens).

Jubail Mangrove Park ... a shift in the leisure offerings within Abu Dhabi,

Jubail Mangrove Park ... a shift in the leisure offerings within Abu Dhabi,

GHD says this landmark project represents a shift in the leisure offerings within Abu Dhabi, with a focus on nature and ecotourism, in line with Abu Dhabi Government’s vision for promoting the natural beauty of the emirate and maximising its tourist potential.

This experience is further enhanced by a series of attractions, including kayak launch points, floating pontoons, expansive net-structures that allow children to get their feet wet, stepping pads and seating nodes with educational signage.

The highlight is a two-storey observation tower, which provides spectacular panoramic views throughout the wetland habitats and across to the city, says the Australian group, adding that the route then terminates at the visitor centre and café, complete with plaza seating, food van area and an educational terrace for school or group visits.

GHD was involved at all stages of the project, including schematic design, detailed design and project management, says a top official.

“The main challenge was to choose a construction methodology that would suit such an environmentally-sensitive project, as well as mobilising people and equipment in the heat and humidity, given that the peak of construction occurred during summer time,” remarks Malcolm Dixon, regional general manager (UAE).

GHD’s design and supervision team, he states, worked collaboratively with Modon to overcome these challenges and the group’s in-house environmental team carried out regular inspections, as well as raising labour awareness about the sensitivity of the mangrove area.

“Similarly, our supervision team worked with the landscape design team to find constructible solutions for any unforeseen obstacles, providing a multidisciplinary approach that was crucial for successful project delivery in unique marine conditions,” observes Dixon.

“GHD’s involvement in this project establishes the company as a frontrunner in the environmental design and construction of innovative solutions for ecotourism and environmental education,” he adds.  




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