Sheikh Hamdan goes diving to launch Dubai Reef project

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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with investor Ray Dalio.

The Crown Prince of Dubai went diving off the shores of the emirate to launch Dubai Reef, the world’s largest marine conservation initiative.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, was accompanied on the dive by American investor Ray Dalio.

Sheikh Hamdan called it an “unforgettable diving expedition” of Dubai Reef, a project that will span 600 square kilometres off Palm Dubai, Palm Jebel Ali and The World islands.

Sheikh Hamdan and Dalio were seen diving towards one of the artificial reef modules that have been set on the seabed and surrounded by schools of fish. More than 20,000 of these artificial reef modules will be set in four phases between 2024 to 2027.

“This project promises a host of benefits for marine biodiversity, our planet’s health, and economic prosperity. It’s a testament to Dubai’s commitment to sustainability and serves as a blueprint for global environmental projects,” Sheikh Hamdan said on Instagram on Thursday (April 25). Watch the video here:


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The Dubai Reef Project is aimed at creating reefs to increase the fish population and marine life in the area by eight times in the next 10 years. Dubai Reefs would be a sustainable floating community for marine research, regeneration and ecotourism. It would also be home to more than 1 billion corals and 100 million mangrove trees. The project also includes residential and retail spaces, as well as restaurants and hotels, including floating eco-lodges. ICA/Expat Media

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