The Dubai Water Canal Project is an extension of Deira Creek, linking Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf. This ecologically responsive lifestyle expansion encompasses three distinct zones: The Water Network, The Green Network and The Public Realm.
On Wednesday November 9, the glorious Dubai Water Canal was officially launched by his Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Adding another iconic landmark, the Dubai Water Canal has created a new accomplishment for the city. This new waterway in Dubai adds as another island to its geography. The 3.2-kilometre Dubai Canal flows into the Arabian Gulf, has now created the major parts of Dubai, including Business Bay, parts of Jumeirah, a major portion of old Dubai including areas like Bur Dubai, Zabeel, Karama, Oud Metha and Satwa into an island. A little more than three years – after it was first announced on October 2, 2013, the canal has also added a total of 6.4 km to the city’s waterfront right from the Business Bay and stretches across to Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2 and Jumeirah Road to end in the Arabian Gulf at the Jumeirah Beach Park.
The opening ceremony was held at the Jumeirah Bay Island and was attended by government officials, dignitaries, business leaders and VIP guests. The mega event started with a laser and acrobatic show. A documentary featuring Dubai’s rich history was shown, right from the historic dredging and widening of the Dubai Creek in the 1960s and going past Dubai’s vision for the future. Shaikh Mohammed and the guests boarded the Dubai Ferry from the Jumeirah Bay Island station to the Canal bridge on Shaikh Zayed Road, where a fireworks display culminated the official opening. The spectacular event had the laser show that illuminated all six crossings, the the fireworks display that erupted on both sides of the Safa Park part of the new 3.2 km waterway.
Meraas group chairman Abdulla Al Habbai said: “The Dubai Water Canal is one of the most important tourism projects in the city; it will transform the landscape and features of the Emirate which has established itself, as a shining example for cities around the world, encouraging them to pursue innovation and creativity in their march towards the future.”
Some important facts and figures about the new and improved Dubai Water Canal.
Cost: Dh2.7 billion (an additional one billion has been spent improving the waterway from Ras Al Khor to Business Bay)
Length: 3.2 km, from JW Marriott Marquis to the Arabian Gulf
Width: From 80 metres to 120 m
Depth: Up to 6 m
Volume: 3 million cubic metres of sand, 1.8 m cubic metres of water
Amount of water taxis: Five from SZR to Arabian Gulf, four in Business Bay