Van Oord of the Netherlands has been awarded a contract to complete marine works for the Dubai Harbour development.

The works will be carried out for the local Projects Link Contracting Company, which started working on the development earlier this year.

Dubai launched the new offshore development, which is located between the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina, in January this year.

Local holding company Meraas is developing the project, which will include a 1,400-berth marina as well as a cruise ship port and terminal, a 325,000-square-metre shopping mall, an events arena, residential buildings, hotels, offices, retail stores, public services, restaurants and cafes, and a 135-metre tall tower known as Dubai Lighthouse. Altogether, it will cover an area of more than 1.86 million sq m. 

The project will be developed in phases, with completion scheduled for four years since ground was broken.

The masterplan integrates Skydive Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) and Logo Island into a single community.

For transport connections, there will be a road link directly from King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud road, a bridge connecting to Sheikh Zayed Road, a monorail link to the metro and the Palm Jumeirah, and a pedestrian and cycling bridge connecting to the Palm Jumeirah crescent.

The project’s roads will be designed to enable the destination to host Formula 1 car races.

Meraas says it will work closely with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Skydive Dubai to conduct feasibility studies to assess the possibility of using the landing site at Skydive to accommodate private jets.