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Seawall Strengthening the iconic Burj Al Arab


Dubai, United Arab Emirates





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Seawall Strengthening the iconic Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is the iconic 7-star hotel located on a man-made island in Dubai. The reinforcement of 1,500 SHED concrete armor units protecting the Burj al Arab was required, as part of their maintenance programme.

In the 20 years since the Burj Al Arab island was constructed, advances in corrosion resistant construction materials have become available, with Mateenbar™ GFRP rebar leading the way.

The Burj Al Arab island is protected by an existing layer of wave energy dissipating SHED units. Design studies found there would be benefits in using Mateenbar™ in 1,500 SHED units in the three layers of the tidal zone. They will ensure the long term durability and corresponding aesthetic quality of the main island is retained.

Mateenbar™ was the rebar material of choice, due to its proven durability in an active, marine environment.

Alternative proposals were considered and deemed unsuitable by the design consultant, Atkins. These included black steel reinforcement (limited durability), epoxy coated (reliability issues), galvanized (reliability and environmental issues) and stainless steel reinforcement (increased cost). Mateenbar is corrosion-free and proved to provide the best whole-of-life savings and structural longevity.

Less maintenance and a longer life cycle

To achieve the minimum 50-year service life requirement, Atkins recommended the use of Mateenbar™ to reinforce the 1.5m high SHED cubes. Mateenbar™ has given Jumeriah Group the opportunity to extend the structural life and realize long term capital and operational cost savings.