‘Dubai Reefs,’ a floating living experiment for marine restoration and ecotourism, is unveiled by URB. The project seeks to create more than 30,000 green economy jobs. Residential, hospitality, retail, educational, and research facilities are all part of the project.

The marine institute will be the heart of the project, working towards greater protection of the marine and coastal environment of Dubai. It aims to accelerate the marine science and conservation capacity of Dubai, whilst building the most diverse artificial reef, covering 200sqm. It also aims to create a home to more than 1 billion corals & 100 million mangrove trees.

The project will offer unique experiences in marine ecotourism with various floating eco lodges, all of which are powered by 100% renewable energy from various types of solar & hydropower. These include wave farms that will also produce additional clean energy for Dubai’s growing population. Regenerative Ocean Farming is another key feature of the project, which is a climate friendly food production technique.

CEO of URB, Baharash Bagherian, highlights the significance of the project for Dubai as well as coastal cities at risk of sea level rise. “The health of our cities is intrinsically tied to the health of our oceans. The ocean is the source of life controlling everything. Given that everything on our planet is connected, a healthy ocean is a healthy city. Our ocean will be entirely different by the end of the century if we don’t take action today. We need an entrepreneurial spirit in the planning of coastal cities & the types of infrastructure as well as developments that are linked to the ocean. As an innovative coastal city, Dubai is best positioned to lead such a transformation. Beyond creating a unique resilient destination for ecotourism & marine research, Dubai Reefs aims to become a blueprint for ocean living, whilst mitigating the impacts of climate change.”