Dubai Investments Park [DIP], the largest integrated commercial, industrial and residential community in the Middle East, has signed an agreement with MWH, now part of Stantec and a global leader in wet infrastructure, to design a new stormwater and groundwater drainage network within the development.
The scope of the agreement covers the design of the drainage network covering the 2,300 hectare Dubai Investments Park. The project is part of DIP’s concerted efforts to keep upgrading its infrastructure in order to manage groundwater levels, prevent property inundation and mitigate flooding in the event of heavy rainfall, which has been an issue in low-lying areas within the development.
The agreement to engage MWH for the design project was signed by Omar Al Mesmar, General Manager of Dubai Investments Park, and Wessam Daoud, Middle East Regional Director at MWH.
The design project started in August and will be completed in four months. The new facility will be connected to the main Dubai Municipality drainage network for Dubai South and adjacent communities, once that is completed. The stormwater network will involve approximately 147 km of pipeline, nearly 2,000 manholes, five ponds and five lift stations.
In his comments, Omar Al Mesmar said: “Dubai Investments Park’s agreement with MWH is aimed at implementing an efficient flood management plan with minimum public access interruption. The complex network of inlets and conduits requires extensive evaluation and DIP is working closely with MWH to design a balanced storm water management system on a priority basis.”
On the agreement, Wessam Daoud said: “MWH is pleased to be a partner in this strategic project to plan the wet infrastructure within Dubai Investments Park. The company’s expertise in this domain is unparalleled and we are bringing together a team of international experts to plan innovative solutions to design the drainage network and ensure that the drainage needs of the DIP community are met in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.”
MWH developed the first-ever sewerage, stormwater and groundwater drainage and irrigation master plan for Dubai and has also been assigned by Dubai Municipality to undertake the engineering design for the drainage systems for the Dubai South area covering a total area of more than 420 square kilometers.
Over the years, DIP has spent over AED 4 billion in enhancing and improving the infrastructure to international standards, which includes 140 km of internal road network and well-integrated water and electricity systems, the best of hospitals, educational institutions, hotels, retail outlets, supermarkets and other day-to-day necessities and recreational options for its tenants.