Dubai is getting a brand new sewerage system, for AED 30 billion

In an effort to save costs, Dubai plans to implement a deep-tunnel sewerage system throughout the emirate by 2025.


Now that is A LOT of money, but it’s also an investment that brings Dubai one step closer to achieving its long-term goals.

The new deep-tunnel sewerage system is part of the emirate’s efforts to accommodate any future growth and meet long-term needs for used water collection, treatment, reclamation and disposal.

Dubbed the ‘Development of the Century’, the project should save millions of dirhams worth of maintenance costs and contribute to providing millions of cubic metres of irrigation water to the benefit of the mega projects set for execution over the next years in the emirate.

Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, says the authority has finalised the landmark multi-phase development’s feasibility studies, with initial costs estimated at AED 30 billion.

You can see the plans for the tunnel and link sewers below:


“A consultancy is now conducting the project’s initial design concept, which should be received by Dubai Municipality in February 2018, before being thoroughly studied and referred to the municipality’s technical committee for review and endorsement,” says Lootah.

Now the implementation of a new sewerage system may not sound super exciting, even if it is one of the world’s best sewerage systems, however it is a step towards becoming a more environmentally-friendly city – a quality that Dubai constantly strives for.

This new deep-tunnel project will significantly reduce the running-cost of the sewage system, as it will replace the pumping stations that require electricity to run and periodic maintenance.

Construction for the project should start between 2019 and 2025, and will be executed over the six years in two phases – first in Deira District, and the second in Bur Dubai.


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