Picture courtesy: Sheikh Mohammed on Twitter
The Dhs2.7bn Dubai Water Canal project, officially opened last week, is already starting to attract crowds.
Hailed as a new landmark in modern Dubai, the 3.2km waterway – which will feature the UAE’s longest promenade – stretches through key areas including Business Bay, Safa Park, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah Road and ends in the Arabian Gulf.
It also links with the existing Dubai Creek, effectively severing the direct connection between a large section of the city and the mainland.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai officially inaugurates Dubai Water Canal pic.twitter.com/aeXmsF5zpW
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Six metres deep and 120m wide, the canal will have five pedestrian bridges and 6.4km of waterfront.
Currently, the boardwalk and two of the pedestrian overbridges from Business Bay to Jumeirah are open.
The waterfront includes dedicated footpaths, jogging and cycling tracks, plazas with interactive screens and sitting areas. Smart electrical poles controllable by an app have also been installed. (Story continues after video)
Here’s another video of the project posted by Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan showing the new Canal promenade.
Speaking at the inauguration, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Every achievement and success that we celebrate motivates us to move ahead with confidence, determination and optimism. We are challenging ourselves to generate the best ideas and initiatives.
“Our progressive way of thinking, ambition and positive energy will bring happiness to the people and prosperity to the nation.”
According to Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, the canal is expected to attract more than 30 million visitors a year, with a number of hotels and other attractions planned along its shores.
Earlier this month, the first picture of the newly-filled Canal from space was also revealed by authorities.