More than 90 per cent of underground utilities at Dubai Maritime City have been completed.

Dubai-based global trade enabler DP World said nearly 80 per cent of the infrastructure works have been completed within Phase One of its mixed-use commercial district, Dubai Maritime City (DMC), and is on track for completion in the first quarter.

Announcing the project progress, DP World said road and infrastructure works worth Dh140 million ($38 million) of the development’s first phase have been completed despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The site is set to become a major hub for maritime services, cementing Dubai’s position as a leading global maritime centre, it stated.

The Dubai group said construction works on the development have progressed steadily after surmounting roadblocks arising from the Covid-19 situation.

All major and minor components that will facilitate the delivery of world-class services at DMC are expected to be completed on time.

Over 11 months, construction works on Phase One have seen a total of 4,830 man-days and 857,194 safe man-hours being recorded, it added.

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region said: “Despite the disruptions in the global industry, we take pride in the fact that the pandemic and the resulting restrictions on movement did not cause any significant delays in the project. The team worked tirelessly, ensuring all precautionary measures, including social distancing and regular comprehensive disinfection, were implemented. We are proud of the dedication and concerted efforts of the team that helped us achieve this milestone.

“Following the completion of the infrastructure of Phase One, we will set the ball rolling for the development of other works of this landmark project that is set to transform the maritime sector in the country. Since the inception of Dubai Maritime City, our sole focus has been on offering upgraded facilities and services and enabling our sub-developers to realise their objectives. We are confident of achieving this goal soon.”

To date, more than 90 per cent of all underground utilities including sewerage and stormwater, water, fire, irrigation, and telecom networks have been accomplished.

Other works like civil and structural works for the stormwater, sewage, irrigation and fire stations that will ensure the overall development of DMC are also nearing completion in preparation for fit-out.

Approximately 95 per cent of the installation of the 6-km pressurised irrigation line, the 6-km gravity sewer network and the 4-km stormwater network is complete, it stated.

DP World said that apart from this, nearly 50 per cent of the 7-km-long road has also been completed.

As much as 50 per cent of the construction of the 300-litres-per-second (l/s) sewer station with a capacity of 360 cu m and the 420 l/s stormwater station with a capacity of 230 cu m has been accomplished, while 60 per cent of the fire and irrigation pump station building that combines 460 cu m fire tanks and 1,240 cu m irrigation tanks has also been completed, it added.