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18 July 2024

RAK to spend Dh348m on new 2.5km harbour

By Eman Al Baik


The Government of Ras Al Khaimah is to invest Dh348 million in creating a marine channel with a 2.5 kilometre long harbour to provide direct water access to the Hulayla Industrial Park as part of expansion and development plans being carried out at the Park.

An agreement was signed by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and Li Guowei, General Manager, China Harbour Engineering Company LLC, at Al Dhait Palace. Work will be start within 21 days and will be completed in two years. The access channel will be dredged to a depth of seven metres and a five-kilometre quay wall will be constructed around the perimeter of the port basin. The low-lying areas behind the quay wall will be reclaimed for setting up new industries.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Saud said that the Government of Ras Al Khaimah was committed to putting in place proper industrial and logistics infrastructure to support the rapid development taking place in the emirate.

“The proposed marine works at Hulayla Industrial Park will offer much needed infrastructure and logistics a advantages at a strategic location. This will help them gain more competitiveness as well as attract new industries to the emirate,” he said.

Li Guowei said that winning the marine works contract at the Hulaylah Industrial Park was a prestigious milestone for the company.

“The awarding of the project is a clear validation of our technical expertise and the high quality standards that we set for ourselves. We expect to commence the works soon and hope to complete it within two years,” Li Guowei added.

The proposed water channel will have a depth of nine metres at the entrance and seven metres along the main water body, which will help ships to come close to the industrial park.

Around 5.6 million cubic metres of sand will be dredged as part of the project, which will be used for reclamation of surrounding areas for setting up a variety of new industries.

Halcrow is the consultant for the project. The Hulayla Industrial Park is located around 15 kilometres north of Ras Al Khaimah City and is situated close to the Mina Saqr Port.