The works involve the dredging and reclamation of 38 million cubic metres of material that will be used to create a man-made island that will resemble a desert gazelle or oryx when viewed from above. The land is expected to provide housing for 200,000 people.

The bidders include Van Oord and Royal Boskalis Westminster, both of the Netherlands and two Belgium-based firms, Jan De Nul and Dredging International.

Most of Dubai’s port traffic is being moved to Jebel Ali, but Port Rashid will continue to operate as the main port for tourist and cruise vessels (MEED 13:3:08).