Madinat Jumeirah Resort, United Arab Emirates

Aurecon provided building services for the internationally acclaimed Madinat Jumeirah Resort in Dubai. The flagship development was opened in phases during 2003 and 2004 and provides world-class accommodation and services catering to, in particular, international tourists. The resort is managed by Jumeirah International. 

To satisfy our client's need for high-quality building services that are easy and efficient to manage and maintain, Aurecon investigated various alternative technologies and systems for distribution, heating and cooling. We were also responsible for the overall fire engineering design of the development, encompassing the passive safety for the development as a whole as well as the individual buildings.

Aurecon provided services which included planning, design and construction supervision of building wet services, passive and active fire protection systems, civil infrastructure and structures, gas storage and reticulation, road works, water canals, bridges, marine works and studies.

The design of the water circulation system through the canals posed a particular challenge. Owing to the extreme climatic conditions in the Gulf region, salt contamination and the aggressive chemical nature of subsurface soils, a durable marine concrete was specified for all bridges and structural concrete for the inlet, outlet structures and culverts. Other concrete structures, including the canal walls, were protected from contact with soil and seawater by means of protective membranes and polyurethane coatings.

Aurecon investigated various alternative systems for the different services required for the development to achieve the optimal use of resources and energy efficiency, whilst ensuring the reliability required by a resort of this nature. Water is supplied to all buildings by potable and fire ring mains, supplied under pressure from pump systems and reservoirs. As the development is situated close to sea level, the sewer systems have been designed to make maximum use of the available connection points so as to optimise the use of gravity systems. Furthermore, the proximity of the majority of the buildings to the sea or canals, or their location on islands, necessitated the construction of a number of pump stations - the largest of which is 200m2 in size.