With the presence of awarding authority Nakheel, the final rock placing on Tuesday 18 March 2008 completed the expansion of Mina Seyahi marina named Dubai Promenade. In April 2004 client Nakheel awarded Van Oord the contract to convert Mina Seyahi into a marine complex capable of serving the increasing boat traffic resulting from the development of Palm Jumeirah and also creating more room for new office and residential high-rises at the same time.
The design and construction included a 465 m long quay wall, replenishment of 250,000 m³ of sand behind the quay wall, new breakwaters, a peninsula and the creation of a beach by depositing approximately 1,000,000 m³ of sand.
In June 2006 the client revealed a new masterplan for Dubai Promenade. The big change involved the development of large arching breakwaters with an underwater reef to protect a new beach. Van Oord also reclaimed land on which to build a second 'seven star' icon hotel.
Van Oord is building tomorrow's infrastructure around the world. Its core activities are dredging, offshore services, coastal construction, and infrastructure (marine and land-based). The company has 4,000 employees worldwide working in more than 26 countries. Van Oord has a large, state-of-the-art fleet that is currently being expanded on a massive scale. The challenges associated with climate change, the global increase in goods transport, and the growing demand for oil and gas are giving Van Oord the opportunity to boost its leading position in dredging and marine construction.
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