Team shortlist03 Jul 2017 AT 01:13 PM

Another night beach to open in Dubai

Fancy a dip after-dark?
Team shortlist03 Jul 2017 AT 01:13 PM
Another night beach to open in Dubai

Let’s face it… most people aren’t lying on the beach in midday in Dubai at the moment. With temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius most days during summer, the beaches are unusually empty. However, there’s no need to cut out your sea and sand fix completely.

Following the success of the night swimming beach at Umm Suqeim, a second nigh swimming beach will follow at Al Mamzar Beach.

"The Night Swimming Beach initiative launched recently by Dubai Municipality at Umm Suqeim area has witnessed a remarkable success, which was reflected in the enhanced number of beach-users in the evening, who came to the beach for swimming in the Gulf waters at night away from the sun and high temperatures during the day," said Eng. Alia Al Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department at Dubai Municipality.

Night swimming is banned on public beaches in Dubai due to safety concerns. However, these night swimming locations have taken precautions to make sure that they are as safe as possible. Each has a rescue station that has a qualified crew, ambulance and communication equipment.

Al Harmoudi added: "The smart poles were installed at a height of 12 meters, which light the side of the beach up to a width of 120 meters and a depth of 50 meters inside the sea water. Each pole can generate about 1.5 KW of electricity per day from a combination of wind and solar energy. The poles are made of weather resistant reinforced fibers, making them suitable for installation in the coastal environment. In addition, the poles are equipped with sensors that enable them to light the beach automatically after sunset.

"The smart poles are equipped with digital screens to display marine warnings in case of sea disturbance. The texts of the marine warnings and the colours of the flags usually flying on the beaches to warn the swimmers will be scrolled on the screens. When the red light shines, it indicates the danger of swimming and its impossibility."

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