Recently, Dubai celebrated the opening its newest attraction – the Dubai Water Canal.
An extension of the Deira Creek – linking Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf, the canal is a 3.2 km long environmentally friendly lifestyle development in the heart of the city with a shopping centres, hotels, luxury housing, waterfall, sitting areas, walkway, and cycling paths.
Developed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in collaboration with Meydan and Meraas; the Dubai Water Canal Project cuts across major districts and roads including Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah Road and terminates in the Arabian Gulf, at the Jumeirah Beach Park.
The Dubai Water Canal is made up of three bodies of water – The Water Network, The Green Network and The Public Realm.
- Water Network is made up of three bodies of water: The Canal, which runs 2.9m connecting Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf; The Arabian Gulf coastline that provides captivating beach frontage, and the Crystal Lagoon in Safa Park, which brings the coastal experience inland with beach and water access.
- The Green Network connects Safa Park to the new Jumeirah Beach Park, offering an unparalleled leisure experience.
- The Public Realm is the developable land located along the Canal.
The Dubai Water Canal has five pedestrian bridges, three across the canal, allowing visitors cross, observe the passage of water vessels and take in the entire sight. The second bridge – Blue Arch bridge (second bridge) has a concrete slope to serve cyclists. All the bridges sit 8.5m above the water; have electric elevators, charging stations and escalators. The Streetlights are also solar-powered.
Visible from the promenade, the Waterfall is one of the star attractions of the canal. Made of 80 water pumps, the scenic waterfall operates on sensors, flows around the Sheikh Zayed Road Bridge and switches off when boats travelling approach the bridge. With water taxis available at almost every terminal, visitors can enjoy a relaxing boat ride down to the centre of the city.
The Dubai Water Canal will be flanked by several lifestyle and leisure developments, including hotels, residential houses, restaurants and retail options positioned along the five-kilometre boardwalk. The three planned districts are the Gate Towers, Jumeirah and the Peninsula.
Gate Towers, at the entrance of the canal to the Arabian Gulf, will feature three-level mall spanning 300,000 square metres built above the canal and hold 434 retail outlets and restaurants. Also, it will contain a mix of residential homes and hotel suites, and the roof of the park will look over Safa Park.
The Jumeirah Beach Park will reopen and extended to run out over the Canal’s Peninsula. The man-made Peninsula area will also feature 60 marinas, 1,817 residential units, 957 five star hotel rooms and 347 retails outlets and restaurants.
On the Business Bay end of the Canal, major development is underway to create a waterfront district to rival Dubai Marina. The Marasi Business Bay Promenade consists of 10-12km of promenade and leisure areas, giving visitors ample space to walk, stroll and enjoy the surrounding areas.