The Dubai Water Canal is one of Dubai’s 2016 mega projects, which acts as an extension of Deira Creek, linking Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf. The good news is that few days ago, the water was released into the canal as one of the last stages of the project. This was announced at Gulf News website, in accordance to an official resource, stating that the release of water is part of a testing process of the canal.
The 3.2 kilometer canal has turned areas of Dubai like Satwa, Downtown, Zabeel, Oud Metha, Karama and Bur Dubai into one huge island (as they are now completely water-locked). It worth noting that that RTA has earlier announced that both of the bridges over Sheikh Zayed Road are complete and open, both the Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road bridges are finished.
Officials has also announced that by next month, all of the major roads and pedestrian bridges will be open along the Canal, but it will then take a while for the residences, restaurants and hotels etc. to be built and opened”.
The construction of this huge project was split into three contracts according to the RTA:
1) Phase 1 which has already been completed and was made up of the Dhs580 million aiming at developing eight lanes of bridge in each direction on Sheikh Zayed Road, and the course for the Canal that will flow under Sheikh Zayed Road.
2) Phase 2 was the Dhs384 million construction of bridges on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road that will allow yachts of up to 8.5 metres in height to navigate the canal along these roads. It will also include a multi-tier interchange to link traffic movement between Al Wasl, Al Hadiqa and Al Athar Roads.
3) Phase 3 is the largest – at Dhs802 million – and involves the digging of the Water Canal, and building the sides of the Canal that will link Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf from Sheikh Zayed Road, through Al Safa Park and Jumeirah 1. This phase is still active but is almost complete, and it also includes the construction of three pedestrian bridges, four marine transit stations, and a manmade peninsula along Jumeirah Park.