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Dubai Canal project nears completion

The canal will add six kilometres to Dubai?s waterfront. (Image source: Madeleine J Fierz/Pixabay)

The Dubai Canal project, which will link Dubai Creek, Business Bay, Dubai Canal and Arabian Gulf and create an island of several Dubai neighbourhoods, is in the final stages of construction

Once the project is complete, Bur Dubai, Zabeel, Al Karama, Oud Metha and Al Satwa will be part of an island ringed by the Dubai Creek, Business Bay, Dubai Canal and the Arabian Gulf flowing into each other. Parts of Jumeirah and Al Safa areas, Business Bay, Downtown Dubai, Al Jaddaf and Oud Metha will also be part of the island.

As part of the project, Dubai Creek, which begins at Al Shindagha in Bur Dubai has now been extended all the way to the intersection of Al Khail Road and Financial Centre Street to the beginning of Business Bay. The combined waterway will stretch for 27km.

Excavation work is currently under way beneath the elevated intersection of Al Khail Road and Financial Centre Street, where the Creek links the modern waterways of Business Bay and Dubai Canal. As part of the project water from the Business Bay has been emptied and the Creek water is expected to flow in once the project is ready.

The US$544mn project is being carried out in five phases and is expected to be complete in the next two months.

The first three phases, which included building a 16-lane flyover on Shaikh Zayed Road and two smaller flyovers and a multi-tier intersection on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads to allow the canal to flow underneath, were carried out simultaneously. All the three flyovers opened earlier this year. Currently, work on phases four and five are being carried out simultaneously.

Stretching for 3.2km from Business Bay to the Arabian Gulf, the canal?s width ranges from 80 to 120 metres and will be up to six metres deep.