World’s biggest coral garden to rise in Fujairah


The United Arab Emirates is noted for having the tallest building in the world. Now, one of its emirates is focusing on water to create another breakthrough in construction.

Fujairah wants to build the world’s largest coral garden aimed at improving biodiversity and boosting tourism.

The coral garden will be built off the coast of Fujairah as the emirate seeks to continue its dramatic rise in bid to keep pace with two of UAE’s progressive emirates — Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Officials of Fujairah are hoping the world’s largest coral garden they are considering will help improve the biodiversity and attract divers and nature enthusiasts from other countries.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Fujairah Centre for Adventures signed the emorandum of understanding to build it.

Details on when the garden would be finished were not immediately available, but the deal stipulated that the ministry will provide grown corals of various sizes and types. It will also provide technical support and logistics services to the onsite team.

Saeed Al Muamari is director of the Fujairah Centre for Adventures.

“Such agreements are important to help preserve the pristine natural beauty of the region and its precious marine environment,” he said.

“The project is the largest in the world and will help boost local and international interest in the coral reef and the marine environment,” said
Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment.

Fujairah Centre for Adventures, meanwhile, will determine the best geographical location for the garden. It will also ensure it is easily accessible, within a protected area, on rocky ground and at less than one nautical mile from the shore.

The center will also monitor the development of the coral garden and the area’s biodiversity every three months.

The move follows an announcement in March that coral gardens are to be built along the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.
If finished, it will add to growing list of attractions in the UAE, which already has Burj Khalifa, at 828 meters is the tallest man-made structure on earth.