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Marina and berthing facilities can be as simple or as complicated as clients require. As a mediumsized contractor, we are ideally positioned to react to projects of all sizes, with all manner of briefs. At the behest of Dubai’s government, we have designed and built water transport stations throughout Dubai Creek , along Dubai‘s coast line and Dubai Marina, from smaller Abra stations to larger water bus, water taxi and ferry stations. One brief we received was to design and build a large public water station to link the Al Ghubaiba metro station with Dubai’s water transport system. As a station for water taxis, water buses and ferries, it needed to be utterly modern but, due to its location in Dubai’s oldest area, it also needed to have a heritage style. The results demonstrate the perfect marriage of practicality and creativity that our skilled team can achieve.

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—Founded in Vienna, Austria, in 1854, Waagner-Biro has been a pioneer in high quality steel engineering for nearly 160 years. The company has amassed vast experience and an extensive portfolio, and today employs more than 1,000 employees across 15 locations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our mastery of steel engineering, as well as the potential of steel as a material, are showcased in capital cities around the world, from the Lord Norman Foster designed Queen Elizabeth II Great Court in the British Museum, London, to the Yas Marina Hotel, Abu Dhabi. And our commitment to achieving the extraordinary has extended into the design and build of bridges that are as much landmarks as they are well-realised and functional infrastructure projects.

The Puente Continental, for example, is the longest suspension bridge in Peru, while the Donaustadt Bridge is one of Vienna’s most recognisable modern landmarks. In 1967, Waagner-Biro brought its competence, skill and ingenuity to the Gulf with a milestone project – the construction of the Al Maqta Bridge in Abu Dhabi, the first permanent point of crossing between Abu Dhabi and the main land. For 45 years, we have provided both governments and private clients in the region with reliable, technically-advanced and cost-efficient turnkey engineering solutions, designing, building and maintaining iconic structures such as Dubai‘s Al Maktoum Bridge and the Floating Bridge.—




— MARINE & COASTAL ENGINEERING — — Many of our specialist bridge projects spanned waterways. Their construction, therefore, involved extensive marine engineering capabilities. As a contractor that keeps all expertise and experience in-house, Waagner Biro Gulf moved into the marine engineering field in a serious and professional way in order to facilitate such projects. We invested in experts, training, technology and equipment. The demand for know-how and experience in this sector became apparent. In 1997, the marine and coastal engineering division of Waagner Biro Gulf was created. We cover almost every field of marine engineering, including the design, manufacture, construction and installation of harbours, marinas and berthing facilities, as well as piling. We are experts in the development, improvement and protection of beaches and coastlines. And we fabricate barges and vessels. The marine and coastal engineering division stands for precision and competence paired with flexibility and reliability. It is these qualities that have seen us build long-term relationships with customers such as the Dubai government, with whom we have worked continually for many years. We undertake everything from maintaining Dubai’s beaches to wharfage projects and floating water transport stations that have changed the shape of Dubai Creek & its coastline. Waagner Biro Gulf takes responsibility for the whole process. Housing a design team, a fabrication yard and workshop, a construction company and marine engineers all under one roof means better communication and project management. In turn, this creates time and cost savings for our clients. We draw upon our knowledge and experience to provide value engineering solutions that still meet clients’ requirements. Plus, as a medium-sized company, Waagner Biro Gulf is unique in the region in being able to react to jobs of all sizes..— 


Using concrete blocks or steel piling, we design and build waterfront berthing that is suitable for mooring and anchoring vessels. In many cases, this will also involve dredging in order to provide sufficient draft depths for vessels, as was the case when we designed and built the reporting wharf for Dubai’s government in 2011. In addition to dredging, this project involved creating a 220m wharf with steel sheet piles for dhow mooring and a three-storey office block.



Dredging is the removal of rocks, sand and other sediment to create wharves, deepen channels or even to sculpt lagoons with sufficient draft for vessels to sail and anchor. Dredging is also often used for harbour entrances that can become blocked, denying access at low tide. Waagner Biro Gulf deploys conventional land excavating, barge excavating and dredging pump

Reporting Wharf at Dubai Creek, built by Waagner Biro Gulf in 2011


Breakwaters protect shorelines and harbours, marinas or other mooring and berthing facilities from the open sea, providing shelter from the waves and current. Waagner Biro Gulf is adept and experienced at designing and building rock and geo tube breakwaters – something that requires a command of the environmental issues as well as the technical requirements.





—MARINA & BERTHING FACILITIES— —An extension of our design and build harbour services, the experience and expertise of Waagner Biro Gulf are highly-sought after by marine transport authorities and hotels, in particular, which are looking for floating berthing platforms and transport stations. Testament to the quality of our products and services is the fact that more than half of Dubai’s public water transport stations were designed and built by Waagner Biro Gulf.

Waiting Marina at Floating Bridge, Dubai, built by Waagner Biro Gulf in 2008

Again, our skilled and multi-disciplinary team’s ability to fasttrack projects making us the first port of call when the chips are down. As turnkey experts in steel, aluminium GRP and concrete pontoons, our experience and knowledge spans the whole lifetime of a pontoon. We are just as adept at maintaining floating berthing facilities as we are at designing and building them. — 




Reflecting Waagner-Biro’s background, steel pontoons are our specialty, with everything from design to fabrication done inhouse. Our expert teams then deliver and install the pontoons. Steel is the fastest, strongest and most sustainable option for floating docks as it can be fabricated and painted off-site, with anodes and painting protecting the steel from erosion. However, we are equally comfortable working across a range of other materials. Aluminium GRP pontoons, for example, offer versatile solutions as they can be finished in a variety of ways, such as with TimberTech, EcoWood, timber decking or even carpeting. Concrete pontoons provide reliable, stable and durable platforms that can withstand harsh conditions. Access bridges are also required to connect pontoons with land or each other and our abilities across a number of materials naturally extend to this area too. Like all the fields in which we operate, our expertise goes far further than what you see in the end result. Tubular piling combines exceptional strength with energy absorbing capacities making it ideal for marine and coastal environments and the foundation on which jetties and pontoons are built. Tubular piling requires high levels of expertise and specialist equipment. It is a process that Waagner Biro Gulf excels in; so that we have been called upon to provide almost all of the piling work found in Dubai Creek. — JET SKI BERTHING

Jet skis can be served by standard pontoons and, therefore, the same range of options in styles and materials applies. However, we have also worked on jet ski-specific pontoons with strong winching systems, that can be operated by one person. Jet skis can then be lifted out of the water quickly and easily when not in use. This not only protects them from rough conditions, but also the erosive effect of salt water.





—More than any single quality, it is our total command over a variety of disciplines that make Waagner Biro Gulf the go-to turnkey contractor for beach improvement and protection works. That is why we are responsible for everything from protective groynes and revetments to beach markers, sign boards and swimming demarcation for all Dubai’s public beaches – from Jebel Ali to Al Mamzar. We are equally adroit at putting these skills to use to design and carry out major sculpting works, reshaping whole sections of coastline to provide perfect beaches, swimming lagoons and marinas with boat access, and ensure their safe usage.— 


Although rock is routinely used, groynes can be fabricated from other materials too. Steel piles are one option, while timber is occasionally also used to create groynes. Waagner Biro Gulf erected the first timber groynes in the UAE, in Jumeirah. These groynes consist of a combination of materials with tubular steel piles teamed with a special hardwood from Asia. This option requires less space and can be more aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with the neighbouring architectural environment.

Coastline stabilisation using timber groynes at Jumeirah First, Dubai, built by Waagner Biro Gulf in 2012







Our proficiency in all of these expertise – rock groynes, timber groynes, geo bags and geo tubes – are often combined with other Waagner Biro Gulf specialties such as design, profiling, dredging and even sand replenishment, to establish functional and sustainable beaches. One excellent example of this is the lagoon at the un-inhabited Al Yasat Aali Island. This island, located to the extreme west of the UAE, has a private residence that sits on a coastline that was previously shallow and unusable. The coast required full

Beach improvement at Al Yasat Aali Island, Abu Dhabi, built by Waagner Biro Gulf in 2007/2008.

coastal engineering and a variety of disciplines that Waagner Biro Gulf could not only provide but was able to carry out in a quick and cost-effective fashion as the whole project could be performed in-house. We stabilised the beach through a series of rock groynes, adding breakwaters to ensure no further eroding away of the sand. The lagoons were dredged to create a swimming lagoon and a stretch of coastline suitable for jet skiing. Finally, floating boat and jet ski berthing facilities were designed and built.




Requiring a consummate knowledge of the field, as well as environmental considerations, rock groynes are placed perpendicular to beaches in areas where waves sweep across beaches, carrying sand away and eroding the beach. This is the case in Dubai, where the manmade islands have affected the direction of the waves. A series of groynes can be used to help create sustainable lagoons. Rock revetments are used on beaches that are being eroded, in order to prevent further deterioration of the beach. — GEO BAGS REVETMENT

An alternative to rock revetments are sand-filled geotextile bags. Processed from polypropylene or polyester, they are both nontoxic and non-aging. They can be aesthetically pleasing options and, if used in a public area – such as to maintain the integrity of the beach in a resort – geo bags can also offer a less precarious option to rock. The main advantage lies in mobility and transport. Rather than having to mine and transport rocks, geo bags can easily be transported and filled on-site, even on a remote island.


Similar to geo bags but bigger and longer, geo tubes share all the same advantages. Thanks to their shape, they are particularly suited to creating breakwaters and groynes. Their simple ‘building block’ style makes them easy and quick to use, and flexible options for creating the necessary curves that breakwaters demand. — BUOYS

Whether used as permanent demarcation devices or temporary solutions, Waagner Biro Gulf ’s marine portfolio extends as far as fabricating and installing buoys for all manner of marine environments. These are anchored using chains and concrete blocks to ensure no movement and long-term solutions, and then positioned by our expert team. The systems can also be used to create provisional channels and special areas of the sea, such as areas reserved for jet skiing.





For confirmation of just how broad and yet technicallyaccomplished the marine and coastal engineering team at Waagner Biro Gulf is, you need only look to the dancing fountain in Sharjah’s Khalid Lagoon, where we installed cutting-edge floating illuminations and a projection room – a feat that required more than 34km of cables to be laid across the sea bed.




Waagner Biro Gulf maintains a wide variety of marine facilities, from water transport stations to swimming demarcation systems and anti-pollution barriers. As the Dubai government’s trusted strategic partner, we continuously maintain all of the public water transport stations in Dubai. We are, of course, the obvious choice as we built most of them in the first place. 


Our in-house team designs and installs systems for demarking safe swimming sections on beaches – both for government authorities (we are responsible for all the public beaches in Dubai) and private clients, such as beach resorts. Our system uses buoys and floats that are anchored to concrete blocks with special chains. This produces an extremely hard-wearing product.


Used on bodies of water such as rivers and canals, anti-pollution barriers and oil booms prevent oil and other surface detritus from passing. With design, installation and maintenance experience all in-house, our references include anti-pollution barriers in Dubai Creek. These prevent the oil from dhows and other boats passing into the Ras Al Khor wetland reserve and affecting the abundant wildlife.






Waagner Biro Gulf is a full-range service supplier of marine and coastal engineering solutions, with a portfolio that spans the detailed design, engineering, construction and installation of: • • • • •

Harbours – including breakwaters, jetties, wharves and dredging Marina & berthing facilities – including pontoons and jet ski platforms Barges & Vessels Beach improvement & protection works Marine maintenance

Of course, Waagner-Biro is renowned for its expertise in steel manufacturing and engineering, but we also excel in working with other materials, from aluminium, GRP, timber and concrete for jetties, pontoons and access bridges, to rock, timber and geotextile bags for breakwaters, groynes and revetments.

Such facilities require state-of-the-art expertise in the field of environment technology, as well as a huge range of complementary skills and services. Some of these are fairly unique economic demands to the Gulf region, such as: • • • • • • • • • •

Dredging Rock groynes and revetments Steel piling Timber groynes Geo bags revetment Geo tube breakwater Beach stabilisation & nourishment Marker buoys Safe swimming demarcation systems Anti-pollution barriers & oil booms

And our fully interdisciplinary team can be engaged on complete turnkey design-build projects or as specialised sub-contractor.


The Al Ghubaiba Water Taxi Transport Station.


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