New "Dubai Canal" project to commence

After a few years delay, partly caused by the economic disruptions caused by the global financial crisis, the next super-fantastic Dubai project is shortly going to be underway with the award last week of a AED 500 Million contract to a Turkish company to construct a 16-lane highway bridge on the main Sheikh Zayed Road and associated roadworks over the new Dubai Canal. Traffic will be temporarily diverted during the roadworks, also included in the contract. It will be a 3km long man-made canal connection Business Bay with Jumeira Beach through Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and the posh, villa-dominated neighbourhood Jumeira 2.

The project is devided into 3 phases and is due to be completed by the end of 2016. The huge project includes shopping malls, residences, four hotels and 450 restaurants and is very optimistically designed for - and expected to - attract 20 million visitors annually. Served by pedestrian bridges, including a shopping bridge as well as four marine stations, the canal will see easy movement of people across both the sides.
Another tender will be issued for the two bridges on Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road, while the third tender will be to develop the canal. 
Work on the project will begin this month with the construction of alternative routes to allow for the actual construction of the bridge to begin. 
Apart from the three motor bridges, five pedestrian bridges are planned across the canal, one of which will double as a shopping destination, offering merchandise on the go.

Imagery courtesy of Gulf News and RTA.

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