Many part of Dubai, including Satwa, Karama, Bur Dubai and Zabeel have now turned into islands of their own, after water has been released into Dubai Canal, Monday, 24 October 2016. This canal which stretches up to 3.4 km, is expected to be full by the middle of November, said officials.
According to the Executive Director at the office of Mattar Al Tayer, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Director General and Chairman of the Board, Laila Taher Faridoon, the project is “on track”.
Currently, work is being pursued on the bridges around Safa Park. The two bridges–one on Sheikh Zayed Road and the other on Al Wasal Road– have been completed fully and are now open for the commuters to use. The different bridges being built over the canal near Safa Park are going to cater to the needs of the pedestrians, rather than motorists. These bridges, too,are expected to be complete in the coming months.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 24, 2016
This impressive Dirham 2 Billion Dubai Water Canal plan had been unveiled on 2 October 2013. Stretching from Business Bay till the Arabian Gulf, via Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasal Road and Jumeirah road, the completion of the project has come a long way.
Around 450 restaurants, luxury housing facilities, cycling paths and other entertainment and consumption markets are expected to emerge around this canal. A part of Dubai Canal is promised to be made to look like Venice. Yachts and boars are also expected to float across the Marina.
It is, indeed, a historical moment for Dubai, as a gigantic project like this is a first of its kind. As of now, officials claim that this first action of letting the water out was for testing purposes only and the water levels will be increased gradually, while checking the success of the project simultaneously.
Faraidoon further added that “We have our own processes and policies that are on par with highest international standards. Our monitoring system ensures highest standard of work while making sure the projects are delivered on time.”
“As an organisation that is continuously carrying out mega projects it is important for us to constantly update our processes and policies. “