Expansion includes the construction of a breakwater and the addition of 130 berths of various sizes
The first phase of the Umm Al Qaiwain Al Maidan Marina Expansion Project has been completed, a senior official has confirmed.
Jassem Humaid Ghanim Al Shar, chairman of the Umm Al Qaiwain Cooperative Fishermen Association, said that the first phase of the project, launched by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development at a cost of $17.7 million, included the construction of a breakwater and 130 berths of various sizes, a WAM news report said.
This brings the total number of berths to 440 and includes 30 large berths ranging from 38 feet to 45 feet, allowing for larger vessels to be docked, the report added.
Phase Two of the project will include the construction of a coast guard station, a new fish market, storage space for fishermen, accommodation for workers and other service facilities, the official said.
The project will help preserve the fishing profession and encourage Emiratis to work in the industry, Al Shar highlighted, praising the support of HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain, and HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain and chairman of the Umm Al Qaiwain Executive Council, for fishermen.