With the completion of three major flyovers on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road, work on the Dubai Water Canal project is entering its final stage. According to the latest update from the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), 75% of the canal excavation work has been completed and the rest is set to be over by the end of September. The AED 2 billion project is being carried out in 5 phases and the excavation is part of phase 3. Phases 4 and 5 are also being carried out simultaneously.
The phases which have been completed included the shifting of utility lines in the vicinity of the canal area, the construction of the 3 flyovers and the replacement of the signalized junction near Al Safa Park.
The phase that is currently under construction includes the drilling of the canal, building up quay walls, and constructing 3 pedestrian bridges linking the two sides of the Canal at key locations.
There is also an artificial crescent-shaped island along Jumeirah Park currently being built which will increase the length of Jumeirah Park Beach and the park area to create recreational space.
Looking at Dubai as a whole, the project will add another six kilometers to the city’s waterfront.
But RTA won’t stop just there as they are planning to have water transports to serve the canal such as water taxis and ferries. Those transports will serve several marine stations along the canal.
RTA are projecting an estimated six million passengers to use those marine services annually.
The last phase of the multibillion project will link the Business Bay Canal with the Dubai Water Canal terminating at the Arabian Gulf.
The video below shows the second phase of the Jumeirah Bridge that has been opened recently.