Authorities announce closure to allow safe demolition of Meena Plaza Towers.
Shops and markets in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Port area (Mina Zayed) will be temporarily closed from 7pm on Thursday, November 26 until 4pm on Friday, November 27 to allow the safe demolition of the Meena Plaza Towers, authorities have announced.
The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) said the abandoned unfinished tower blocks in the Mina Zayed area, will be demolished this weekend to pave the way for an all-new wharf in the iconic port-side community.
The temporary closure will cover the fish, fruits and vegetable markets, cooperative society, carpet and livestock markets and the slaughterhouse.
Authorities have advised residents wishing to shop during the temporary closure period to go to other markets and shopping centres.
Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, Director of Urban Planning at DMT affirmed that safety comes first on top of the department’s priorities in performing its tasks.
“We are working in full cooperation with various strategic partners to ensure that the demolition procedure goes on smoothly and in the safest manner. We are carefully following safety measures to facilitate the demolition work as we ensure that the comfort and safety of the local community is maintained,” said Al Kuwaiti.
Bringing down the towers is part of the second phase of the mega project for the redevelopment of Mina Zayed. Authorities had revealed details about the master plan – the Mina Zayed Wharf, which is being redeveloped as part of a comprehensive plan to revitalise the iconic landmark and traditional markets of the Capital.
Modon Properties which was appointed by the DMT to carry out the demolition of Meena Plaza Towers earlier said that following detailed structural analysis and calculations for towers, which comprise four large and individually designed high rise structures, the demolition methodology was confirmed as complete demolition by structural explosions, a methodology known for its superior quality and high safety record. In the event of the implosion, a total of 144 floors will be demolished in 10 seconds. Modon Properties has also been tasked with the redevelopment of designated areas in Mina Zayed.
Spanning over 3 million square metres, the expansive project is set to foster trade and investment operations in the Capital, as well as support the urban development of Abu Dhabi while safeguarding the nation’s authentic identity and heritage.
Inaugurated in 1972, Mina Zayed has served as the main port in Abu Dhabi for over 40 years. It has been distinguished as one of the regional pioneers in the maritime industry, playing an instrumental role in boosting Abu Dhabi’s international trade.