The Dhs1.76 billion Dubai Canal development, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in October last year, that will extend Dubai Creek by an additional 3km and turn Bur Dubai into an island, has entered its Dh802 million third phase.
Phases one (a Dh580 million project awarded to Turkish firms Mapa and Gunal) and two (a Dh384 million project in the hands of the China State Corporation), involve building three bridges. The first of these is a 16-lane flyover on Sheikh Zayed Road whilst there will be two additional six-lane bridges on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Beach Roads under which 8.5 meter yachts will be able to pass. Work has already begun on both these phases with utility lines initially being diverted after which traffic will be re-directed from 25 Oct using an already-formulated plan which will have the same number of lanes currently being used by the roads.
Belhasa Six Construct Co has just been awarded Phase 3, which will involve construction of the actual canal linking Dubai Creek through Safa Park and Jumeirah 2 to the Arabian Gulf and its surrounding areas, with work starting imminently. “Phase 3 of the project covers drilling the water canal, constructing the sides of the canal, constructing three footbridges linking the two banks of the canal, and constructing four marine transit stations to boost the role of marine transport as a convenient and effective transit means,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, who stressed the importance of water transportation once islands like The World and Jumeirah 2 come online. Six million riders are projected to use water transportation annually once the project is complete, with Dubai becoming even more attractive to cruise ships.
The project is due to reach completion in 2016.