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The Dubai Creek has played a significant role in the city's success story. A center of trade for more than a century, the emergence of multiple other docks in Dubai has not eclipsed this aqueous piece of history. It was at the Dubai Creek that the first instance of tax exemptions given to traders took place. It was all uphill from there.
It is no surprise then that the creek, which separates Bur Dubai from Deira, by a royal directive given by the ruler of Dubai more than a year ago, would get a major overhaul, a Dh2 billion overhaul to be exact.
The ambitious Dubai Water Canal project aims to extend the creek all the way to the Arabian Gulf, effectively turning Bur Dubai into an island. The planned three-kilometer creek route will be from Business Bay to Shaikh Zayed Road, across the famous Safa Park and Jumeirah 2 and will end at the Arabian Gulf near Jumeirah Beach Park's southern end.
The project is divided into three phases, and contracts for work on each phase have been given to different companies so work can progress simultaneously.
Phase one, being undertaken by a Turkish firm, will see bridges being constructed across the main Shaikh Zayed Road. The bridges will constitute an impressive eight lanes in each direction, and the creek will flow under it. In phase two, additional bridges will be built over the canal on various roads including the Jumeirah Beach Road and Al Wasl Road. The final phase of the project comprises the actual construction of the canal, footbridges connecting the two banks, and a marina where boats, waterbuses and water taxis can dock.
The Dubai Water Canal project will be completed by September 2016 if all goes as planned. It will feature retail shops, hotels, restaurants, luxury housing and biking paths.
• The Dubai Water Canal will also have luxury housing, biking paths
• Work is divided into three phases, and expected to finish in 2016
• The mega project will join the Dubai Creek with the Arabian Gulf
Source: Bushra Hameduddin, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer