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Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System

The future for Dubai’s stormwater management

  • 10km

    Tunnel

  • 45m

    Below Ground

  • 10m

    Diameter

  • Dubai, UAE

    Dubai, UAE

This integrated stormwater and groundwater drainage system combines impressive scale with sustainable design principles

How does a rapidly growing city create resilience to changing rainfall patterns? Dubai needs a sustainable solution to provide resilience to extreme rainfall events and manage high levels of groundwater in an expanding urban area. 

The solution, designed by our team in Dubai, is one of the largest integrated drainage tunnels in the region. The Dubai Deep Tunnel Storm Water System will drain 40% of the entire urban area of the city. It will serve the whole of Dubai South, which is home to Dubai’s new airport and the EXPO 2020.

The system has five elements, a groundwater and stormwater collection network; a 10km, 10m diameter, 45m deep tunnel; a holding pond; high efficiency pumping station; and a sea outfall.  The design also allows for future solar power generation from a floating solar park on the holding pond.

This is not just a physical solution to a significant infrastructure challenge - our team took our client on a journey of policy innovation to allow adoption of Sustainable urban Drainage Systems for the first time in the region.  By limiting storm flows at source, the built solution, although still impressive in scale, is optimized in size, cost and environmental performance.  

At a Glance

Offices

Dubai’s Mega Drainage Tunnel

Take a look at Dubai Municipality’s video featuring the Stantec engineers involved in designing this impressive drainage solution.

Meet Our Team

Babak Bozorgy, Principal Technical Lead & Team Leader

Water is the essence of life. It is a scarce and precious resource and should not be taken for granted. At Stantec, we work with communities to promote the value of water.
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Wessam Daoud, Geographic Leader, MENA Region

Stantec is set to be a key partner in the vision to build a thriving Middle East, from sustainable communities to autonomous transportation.
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Tayeb Yacine, Regional Technical Director

As an engineer, I am proud of our contributions to the well-being of communities through water, the essence of life, particularly in the Middle East.
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Jitin Kalra, Senior Project Manager

If we want to make a change, we must innovate, if we want to innovate we must make a change.
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Siavash Pashootan, Senior Civil and Marine Engineer

Working on large, multi-disciplinary projects is my preference—but it’s achieving client satisfaction and community benefits that really make my day.
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Yacoub Petro, Regional Project Management and Commercial Lead

General technical work requires a straightforward effort—creative work demands combining passion with direction.
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  • Babak Bozorgy

    Principal Technical Lead & Team Leader

  • Wessam Daoud

    Geographic Leader, MENA Region

  • Tayeb Yacine

    Regional Technical Director

  • Jitin Kalra

    Senior Project Manager

  • Siavash Pashootan

    Senior Civil and Marine Engineer

  • Yacoub Petro

    Regional Project Management and Commercial Lead

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