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The Dubai Canal project is a prestigious undertaking that aims to extend the Dubai Creek by three kilometres. It starts from Business Bay and extends towards the Arabian Gulf, through Safa Park and Jumeirah.
The whole project is divided into three phases. Phase one includes the construction of an eight-lane bridge across Shaikh Zayed Road, which is currently more than 40 per cent complete.
Phase two includes the construction of bridges spanning two lanes across Al Wasl Road and three lanes on Jumeirah Road. Boats will pass underneath, as the crossing will be 8.5 metres above the water. There will be a multi-tier flyover to link the traffic in Al Wasl, Al Athar and Al Hadeeqa Roads, with interesting lighting and water fountains on the sides.
Phase three comprises landfilling works of the island, the drilling of a 3.2-kilometre-long water canal and building three pedestrian bridges to connect the two canal sides. There will be four marine transit stations to facilitate convenient and effective water transport. A man-made peninsula along the Jumeirah Park will expand the area to accommodate more leisure activities.
As construction work is progressing, there are traffic diversions laid out in different areas to facilitate easier traffic flow. All precautions are taken in the planning and execution stages of the traffic diversions to ensure road safety. The works on the three phases run simultaneously.
The project, once finished in 2017, will be a destination for shopping, dining and leisure among residents, tourists and visitors. With its length consisting of walkways, retail outlets, hotels, luxury housing structures, restaurants and cycle paths, it is expected to add to Dubai’s major tourist attractions.
• The Dubai Canal project is being constructed in three phases
• RTA prepared service roads to separate traffic from work areas
• Once finished, the project will have retail and housing districts
Source: Asha Das, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer