The importance of the new Dubai Canal to the Dubai's infrastructure could hardly be overestimated. Enough to say that this project will completely transform the city, turning areas of Bur Dubai, Jumeirah, DIFC and Downtown Dubai into the central island like New York’s Manhattan.
And we won’t have to wait long to see this new island shaping in Dubai just in front of our eyes. Recently, the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) announced the project’s official opening to take place in November. Now it’s "putting the finishing touches,” RTA said, meaning by that the Canal’s water final cleansing, with removal of the sedimentation and further refilling it with water from the sea. Simultaneously, the canal embankments are also refined to give it a finished look, with pedestrian walkways, bridges and overall landscaping.
To assess the scale of the project, it would be enough to recall the construction phases and the amount of work performed. In addition to digging out the 6 meters deep Canal stretching towards the Arabian Gulf in Business Bay, a number of bridges up to 8 meters in height were built making the Canal fully navigable for different kinds of vessels. Another development phase included the construction of bridges across the Water Canal on the Jumeirah and Al Wasl Roads spanning three lanes on the Jumeirah Road and two lanes on Al Wasl Road in each direction, in addition to a flyover from Al Wasl Road to Al Hadiqa Road in the direction of the Sheikh Zayed Road, which itself crosses the canal with sixteen traffic lanes in total.
But the main importance of the Dubai Canal is in its role as the new city’s attraction, as an artificial river that will breathe life into the previously deserted areas between the coasts of Deira and Bur Dubai, both inspiring developers to create a number of new prestigious real estate projects on its banks.
Shopping centers, four new hotels, 450 restaurants and food courts, walkways and promenades with the light of lanterns shimmering in the Canal waters, Venetian-styled romantic bridges — all this is expected to turn the neighborhood into the magnet not only for tourists, but also for local residents as well, and, at the same time, to increase the cost of real estate located nearby.