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Land reclamation in the United Arab Emirates

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Major land reclamation in the United Arab Emirates, though a relatively recent phenomenon, has significantly changed the geography of many parts of the country. Some of the largest and most innovative land reclamation projects have occurred in the UAE. Countless land reclamation projects, both completed, under construction, and planned, have changed the appearance of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other emirates and helped to make them world-famous.



Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has done extensive land reclamation in recent years. One reclamation method used in Abu Dhabi is filling in low-lying coastal salt flats. Several industrial areas have been built in these areas. Yas Island, Al Reem Island, and Lulu Island are a few examples.


There have been proposals to reclaim land from the sea in Ajman. However, many have been rejected due to environmental concerns.


Land reclamation in the emirate of Dubai has made it one of the most recognizable areas in the world. Dubai is perhaps most well known for land reclamation projects such as the Palm Islands, the World Islands, the Dubai Marina, and the Burj Al Arab. Most major land reclamation projects in Dubai have occurred in the past fifteen years, and the Burj Al Arab hotel, which is built on a man-made island, was started in 1994 and completed in 1999.

Ras Al Khaimah

The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has also joined the race to build new land reclamation projects. Such projects include Al Marjan Island and its Real Madrid Resort Island.


The Palm Islands are located off the coast of The United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf and will add 520 kilometers of beaches to the city of Dubai.


  • The World Islands
  • Burj Al Arab
  • Palm Jumeirah
  • Palm Jebel Ali
  • Palm Deira
  • Al Marjan Island
  • Yas Island
  • Al Reem Island
  • The Universe Islands
  • Port Rashid
  • Issues

    There have been numerous environmental and economic concerns regarding the various land reclamation projects in the UAE. For example, extraction of rock and sand harms local environments and wildlife such as birds.


    Land reclamation in the United Arab Emirates Wikipedia

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