The Dubai Canal project will include a three-level mall that spans both sides of the water, it was revealed at the weekend.
The canal mega development will cover 4.68 million square metres, with 605,000 allocated for commercial purposes. It will also include 5,345 residential units and 948 hotel rooms, according to Gulf News.
A 300,000 square metre mall, dubbed Gate Towers Bridge, will mark the entrance to the canal with towers on both sides of the water and 434 retail outlets and restaurants. The towers will be connected by a roof-level park area designed to provide an optical connection with Safa Park. The building will include a five-star hotel, hotel apartments and branded apartments.
Other parts of the developments include four residential towers linked to Al Safa Park with 500 retail outlets and restaurants and 1,141 residential units.
Closer to the coast, the development will have space for 60 marinas, 1,817 residential units and 857 luxury hotel rooms with 347 retail outlets. It will also add more than a kilometre of beach to the new Jumeirah Beach Park.
In a tour of the project, vice president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed was shown designs for smart lighting poles and three pedestrian bridges.
The project is 61 per cent complete, officials said, with some bridges up to 70 per cent finished.