Emil Pellicer

AD Ports Group and Archireef Deploy Eco Sea Wall Panels

AD Ports Group and Archireef have partnered to introduce Eco Sea Wall Panels along the shorelines of Saadiyat Island and Al Aliah in Abu Dhabi. These panels are made from natural materials such as oyster shell powder and are designed to revitalize marine ecosystems in areas impacted by development.

Installed as a proof of concept at the Al Aliah Ferry Terminal and Saadiyat Marina and Ferry Terminal, the Eco Sea Wall Panels represent a collaborative effort between AD Ports Group, Archireef, and Abu Dhabi Maritime. Managed by AD Ports Group, in partnership with the Integrated Transport Centre and the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi Maritime plays a vital role in overseeing the terminals’ development and environmental management. 

By adding natural complexity to otherwise flat quay walls, these panels are designed to attract intertidal marine life, contributing to the restoration of biodiversity along the coastline. This initiative aligns with Abu Dhabi’s broader commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development. 

Funded in part by ADQ, an Abu Dhabi-based investment and holding company, this project benefits from a dedicated AED100 million R&D fund aimed at fostering innovation and sustainability across key sectors of the UAE economy. Through initiatives like the Eco Sea Wall Panels, AD Ports Group and its partners are driving positive change while promoting ecological resilience in coastal areas. 

Emil Pellicer (pictured) is Group General Counsel at AD Ports Group.