Abu Dhabi to demolish 13-year-old Meena Plaza

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After Thirteen years of construction,  Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has announced that it will demolish the four-tower Meena Plaza Towers at Fisherman’s Wharf, with the project expected to be completed in May 2020.

Construction on the 246,500-square-metre development, comprising three apartment towers and an office block, began in 2007, but was halted twice before being abandoned in 2015. Meena Plaza was supposed to include luxuries such as a ­helipad sunbathing deck, a covered spa and wading pool and a private medical centre.

The DMT has already carried out the pilot test for the demolition of the Dh1 billion development that was under construction in Abu Dhabi’s Port Zayed and issued a notice ahead of the planned demolition test, urging residents living nearby to expect some noise.

The office stressed that the pilot test was to assess the amount of explosive materials that would be required to demolish the structures, as well as determining protection specifications for volatile substances, measuring noise levels and analyzing the vibrations caused by the explosion.

 

It was learnt that the demolition will “revitalise the area in line with the new vision for the port area”.According to the Emirate’s 2030 vision, the Port Zayed area was to be turned into a media hub, but that project was moved to Yas Island. In 2018, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, approved a major regeneration project in the Port Zayed area.

In November 2012, work was stopped after the project’s owners and builders became embroiled in a dispute.  Construction was due to begin again in October 2014, but the work was never completed.In 2015, the Malaysian construction company appointed to build the towers announced it was pulling out because it had not been paid.

The buildings stood half-finished for years at the end of the Corniche, constituting a rare eyesore on Abu Dhabi’s skyline.The plans included the redevelopment of fish, vegetable, wood and carpet markets to create a multi-use seafront.The Department of Municipalities and Transport notice stated that the Meena Plaza demolition would be carried out to “revitalise the area in line with the new vision for the port area”.