Dubai Canal is an artificial water canal unveiled on 2 October 2013 and inaugurated on 9 November 2016. The canal side-walk comprises one shopping centre, four hotels, 450 restaurants, luxury housing, walkways and cycle paths. It is a 3-kilometer/1.8 miles long project starting from Business Bay into the Persian Gulf through Safa Park and Jumeirah. The width ranges from 80 meters/262 feet to 120 meters/393 feet. It is 6 meters/20 feet deep and be crossed by 8-meter/26-feet high bridges. It creates new public places and facilities with a total area of 80,000 square meters/86- square feet with private marinas for boats and a trade centre at the entrance of the canal. The development was designed by AE7 Architects and Planners.
The canal is crossed by 3 pedestrian/bicycle bridges, including the Bridge of Tolerance, so named by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on November 15, 2017.
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) built bridges over the canal for Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road. The Sheikh Zayed road bridge has eight lanes in each direction and three lanes in each direction on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road. The crossings are 8.5 meters above the water to allow boats to pass underneath.
The project also includes three pedestrian crossings in addition to footpaths on all three new bridges and four marina stations for public transport.
As of July 2014, the earthworks for the project near Sheikh Zayed Road had commenced.
One of the first projects launched on Dubai Water Canal is Marasi Business Bay, which broke ground in June 2017.
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