Luxury Megaproject in Dubai “The heart of Europe” is Creating Massive Coral Reef

A property developer plans to build up to 500,000 square meters of coral reefs off the coast of Dubai. The Coral Institute has been established by Kleindienst Group, the developer of the Heart of Europe megaresort, which is part of a network of man-made islands known as “The World,” to nurse and rebuild corals.

It employs a method known as “fragmentation,” which involves cutting sections of coral with a small electric saw, allowing each coral to regenerate hundreds of times. The coral fragments will then be housed in water tanks, where they will be monitored and cared for by a team of marine biologists until they are large enough to recreate a reef.

According to 2018 research, bleaching has killed away 73 percent of corals in the UAE, owing mostly to climate change and human activity. The purpose of Heart of Europe, according to Kleindienst, is to demonstrate that development and marine life can coexist in a sustainable setting.

The corals will help to make the site more environmentally friendly, as well as becoming a landscaping feature of the luxury hotels, 4,000 residential homes, and more than 50 tourist attractions in the Heart of Europe, including the famous Floating Seahorse Villas.

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