Kleindienst Group, the UAE’s largest European property developer and creator of The Heart of Europe, announced that its newly incorporated Coral Institute has successfully completed the fragmentation of 20,000 pieces of coral. The project is aiming to grow 100,000 corals by 2020, which it will plant in reefs around The Heart of Europe and offer a diver’s paradise as yet another Dubai tourist attraction.

The Coral Institute will offer Coral Fragmentation Classes, Coral Reef-scaping Classes, Diving Classes, an “Adopt A Reef” program and a Coral Restoration Certification Program aimed to restore and build reefs in the UAE and around the world. As part of the Coral Institute, there will be a team of four experts, known as the ‘Coral Squad’, dedicated to protecting and enhancing the reefs and looking after the wildlife around The Heart of Europe.

As well as the obvious environmental benefit of such a pioneering approach to marine management, there is the additional benefit to Kleindienst Group of adding value and being able to drive higher revenues through adding to the natural beauty of the islands and the surrounding sea. The estimates on the exact economic value of coral reefs range between US$100,000 to US $600,000 per sq km of coral reef. The global economic value of coral reefs varies from $29.8 billion1 to $375 billion2. Importantly for Kleindienst Group, the global value of coral-reef based recreation and tourism is estimated at $9.6 billion. By growing a beautiful marine ecosystem with opportunities for diving and sea entertainment, Kleindienst Group is ensuring The Heart of Europe takes advantage of this valuable element of the tourist industry. It will also aid Dubai’s vision to attract new visitor audiences.

Josef Kleindienst, Founder and Chairman of Kleindienst Group said: “Creating new coral reefs makes environmental and economic sense. Diving and marine recreation is an important part of the tourism industry worth billions of dollars. At the moment, it is an under-developed part of the UAE’s tourism mix and we believe it can deliver economic benefits to our project and also to Dubai. We aim to support Dubai’s leadership vision to attract new visitors by offering an exciting range of activities. Guests will be able to go pearl diving, swim with turtles and enjoy a spectacular array of marine life that can be found in Dubai’s waters.”

In 2017, during the extremely hot summer, it is estimated that 73 per cent of the UAE’s coral was affected by bleaching and 90 per cent in Saudi Arabia and also Kuwait[1]. The expertise of the Kleindienst Coral Institute enabled some of the endangered coral to be saved. Fragmentation occurs naturally in the ocean when coral pieces are broken off a colony as a result of wave action, storms or animal activities. Under favourable conditions, these fragments can attach and develop into new colonies. The UAE waters are ideal for coral reefs and to build new ones the team is fragmenting the rescued coral into smaller pieces using state-of-the-art equipment, which are then affixed to a disk and stored in the coral nursery to grow.

The Heart of Europe is pioneering the second home market and is creating an unrivalled, innovative, world-class tourist destination on six islands in The World bringing the best of European culture and experiences to a Maldivian-inspired island setting. A core part of the development is the ocean that laps at each island and Kleindienst is planning to make the underwater seascapes as magnificent as the landscapes. The man-made coral reefs will be the highlight of the underwater world attracting fish such as hamour grouper, Arabian blue-striped dottyback, two-belt Cardinalfish and painted sweetlips as well as seahorses, turtles and other marine life to delight snorkelers and divers. It is estimated that there are 514 species of marine fish in UAE waters.

[1] According to the New York University Abu Dhabi and Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi 2018 Study


Source: TOH PR