Client: Government of Ras Al Khaimah
Period of assignment: 2013
Location: Northern Emirates – UAE
In collaboration with: WRA
Wadi Shaam is the most northerly wadi in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, draining high mountains along the Musandam border, flowing directly through the small coastal town of Al Qir. There is a small recharge dam in the centre of the basin, and other breaker weirs which slow down surface runoff from steep rocky terrain after intense rainfall, inducing infiltration to groundwater rather than the rapid conveyance of the floodwaters into the sea.
Scope of work:
Work involved hydrology and groundwater appraisal to assess the impact of floods, recharge and erosion in Wadi Shaam, so that planned expansion of the urban area and farming activities may proceed with an appropriate knowledge of the risks and extent of protection measures required. Increased numbers of people living in the wadi valley and coastal plain are at risk when flooding.