French manufacturer Joubert was the supplier of the Okoume marine plywood used in the sunshades along the Jumeirah beach in Dubaï. The sunshades are installed alongside a pedestrian path, offering locals and tourists a space to relax and enjoy leisure activities. It extends for 14km from the Jumeirah mosque to the world famous Burj Al Arab tower.
Being subjected to sea spray, sun and wind, the structure had to be made of long-lasting materials that could face these weather conditions.
These amazing wave-like shelters are made of 22mm thick plywood panels, divided into battens measuring each 270cm long and 10cm wide. Combined with selected Okoume veneers, the Joubert marine plywood also offers excellent cutting properties, aesthetics, natural lightness and durability.
Joubert Plywood has been a specialist in Okoume plywood panels for three generations. Renowned for its ability to withstand humidity, Joubert marine plywood is particularly used for nautical projects. The company has an international reputation for the performance of its panels, which can be found in construction projects worldwide.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubaï chose WT Burden for the construction of this project. Kersten, which specialises in curved structures, was entrusted to make the sunshades. It is Lloyd’s Register Type Approved according to British norm BS 1088-1:2003, which recalls the requirements for the plywood used in the boat building industry.
This article first appeared in PFMENA Issue 1 2016