The Dubai Water Canal project was launched today by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. The project extends across Dubai with three kilometres in length and 80-120 meters in width.
The Canal stretches from the Business Bay district and crosses Sheikh Zayed Road (between Safa and 1st Interchanges) and passes across the Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, and Jumeirah Road to terminate at the Arabian Gulf. The construction of the infrastructure (construction of bridges and drilling of the canal course) amounts to about two billion dirham, and all construction works are set to be completed by 2017.
The project’s launch ceremony was attended by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, chairman of the Federal National Council, HH Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and HH Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, director, Dubai Department of Information.
The new urban tourist-cum- commercial project ‘Dubai Water Canal’ will add about six kilometres to the Dubai water front. The project also adds an area of more than 80 thousand square meters designated as public realm.
The Project encompasses new shopping and entertainment centres linked through a uniquely designed bridge and the project will add more than 450 new restaurants along with a wide array of marinas for yachts, and four world-class hotels. At the entrance of the Project from Sheikh Zayed Road, an iconic Trade Centre will be constructed comprising four levels.
The project is expected to attract 20 to 22 million visitors per annum. The ‘Dubai Water Canal’ will have a depth of six meters and bridges above it will rise more than eight meters, offering free navigation for deluxe yachts extending up to 200 feet. As per officials, four marine stations will be constructed to ease mobility of the public and promote public and tourist transport. The marine transit modes are expected to ferry more than six million passengers per annum, according to the marine transport plan in Dubai.
• To be completed, the water canal project requires the excavation of 3.2 m cubic meters of soil, and more than 300 tons of mass Concrete block
• To span over the canal, three crossings over the main roads i.e. Sheikh Zayed, Jumeirah and Wasl, need to be constructed with total area of 80,000 Square meters
• More than 57,000 meter of power cables shall be diverted in designated routes under the canal utilizing advanced machinery assuring uninterrupted electricity supply throughout and after excavating the Canal
• The project completion requires approximately 24 bn man-hours