In an impressive ceremony in the evening of November 9th, 2016, HH Sheikh Mohammed inaugurated Dubai Water Canal, the ambitious project which had been launched by him just three years earlier.
The project that started in October of 2013 is the extension of Deira Creek beyond Ras Al Khor towards Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf. The 3km-long and 6m-deep canal passes through Al Safa and connects Business Bay with the sea, turning a good part of Old and Downtown Dubai into an island. Implementation of the project required the construction of three bridges over Sheikh Zayed, Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads respectively, as well as three pedestrian crossings.
There is a water cascade on both sides of the SZR bridge that is lighted at night, creating a spectacular view. Water Canal project plans provide for the creation of 6km of pedestrian walkways, 3km of jogging tracks and 12km of cycling tracks, as well as more public facilities, restaurants, playgrounds and shopping centres. Nine marine stations have already been added at various locations along the canal, providing water-ferry and -taxi service.